Dykes, Camera, Action!
In Caroline Berler’s directorial debut Dykes, Camera, Action! – the sapphic answer to Celluloid Closet – the female alumni of queer academia, activism and filmmaking gather to recount the history of queer women’s films and the ways that female directors have contributed to this genre and expressed lesbian identity on screen.
The likes of B. Ruby Rich (New Queer Cinema), Sarah Schulman (The Owls), Barbara Hammer (Superdyke), Su Friedrich (Sink or Swim), Rose Troche (Go Fish), Yoruba Richen (The New Black), Desiree Akhavan (Appropriate Behavior), Vicky Du (Gaysians), and others share their insight and humorous takes on the transformation of queer cinema. They go from arthouse to mainstream, from its inception through to the experimental cinema of the 1970s, from the ongoing battle against the male gaze to the parables of vampirism and so much more.
This film explores the power queer cinema has and its ability to give voice to a once-invisible population and, ultimately shape social understanding of lesbian identity.
Winner 2018 LA Outfest Outstanding Emerging Talent Caroline Berler
"an impressive potted history of an important movement in cinema with an equally impressive list of contributors" - Eye For Cinema
Join Us! Screening followed by what promises to be a lively panel discussion which dives even deeper into the lesbian films that shaped so many of our lives.
Hosting the panel is academic Deb Verhoeven.
Panelists include filmmaker Alissar Gazal (producer of short film Concern for Welfare screening in Lesbian Shorts), filmmaker Julie Kalceff and academic and former MGFF programmer Megan Carrigy.