september, 2018

01sepAll Day16Women of the WestFeaturing work by Courtney Hoffman, Holly Fisher, Kelly Reichardt, Lina Wertmüller & Maggie GreenwaldAnthology Film ArchivesCountry:USA

Event Details

As the genre most inextricably linked to America, the Western has always been malleable enough to be reconfigured and revised to reflect the current moment and its values, with each generation interpreting the past through its own lens. Traditionally set during the Civil War era, both U.S.- and internationally-made Westerns have centered on a country in transformation, as the railroad extended west and frontier towns grew into cities. To many the Western is seen as a typically masculine genre bringing to mind iconic images of John Wayne and Monument Valley, but while sublime desert landscapes coupled with the machismo of the great American cowboy are important elements of the genre, the West was not won by men alone.

Women have always been present in the genre as supporting figures: wives, sisters, preachers’ daughters, teachers, prostitutes, etc. But this series highlights Westerns that focus on a female protagonist, foregrounding the importance of women both to the Western genre and to the history of the American West itself. Spanning the early days of cinema all the way to the 21stcentury, and encompassing a number of films written and directed by women, this series aims to construct a narrative indicating the varied roles women played in shaping this country and more broadly the ways that the film industry has told stories of our western foremothers: the sharpshooters, hustlers, entrepreneurs, bandits, and all-around resilient women who worked as hard as men to maintain normalcy amid an inhospitable landscape.

Programmed by Hannah Greenberg.

Schedule

    • Day 1
    • Day 5
    • Day 7
    • Day 8
    • Day 10
    • Day 11
    • Day 12
    • Day 14
    • Day 15
    • Day 16
    • September 1, 2018
    • 6:00pm Meek's Cutoff preceded by The Frontier Experience6:00pm - 8:10pmMEEK’S CUTOFF by Kelly Reichardt. Oregon, 1845. Three pioneer families in covered wagons are making the treacherous journey west led by Stephen Meek when they realize he no longer knows the way. Is Meek incompetent, or is this sabotage? That question soon becomes the least of their worries as their water supplies dwindle and a Native American man is discovered following them, eventually to be taken prisoner. Isolated from the men’s deliberations, the three women (Shirley Henderson, Michelle Williams, and Zoe Kazan) are tasked not only with maintaining a sense of normality in the face of a harrowing trip, but also transporting a certain form of civilization, as they move precious heirlooms across the country. The first (and to date, only) period piece in Reichardt’s filmography, MEEK’S CUTOFF finds her every bit as comfortable working in this mode. Preceded by: Barbara Loden THE FRONTIER EXPERIENCE (1975, 25 min, 16mm) Made for an educational film distributor, Barbara Loden’s under-acknowledged short film was her first directorial effort following her masterpiece, WANDA, and was written by HESTER STREET and CROSSING DELANCEY director Joan Micklin Silver. Based on women’s diaries from the period, it features Loden herself as Delilah Fowler, who struggles to survive and provide for her children during their first year as settlers in the Kansas prairie.

    • September 5, 2018
    • 9:00pm The Good Time Girls9:00pm - 10:40pmTHE GOOD TIME GIRLS by Courtney Hoffman. (2017, 15 min, digital. With Laura Dern, Garret Dillahunt, and Alia Shawkat.) Costume designer Courtney Hoffman’s first directorial effort finds three women taking revenge on the men who have ruined their lives. Laura Dern (literally wearing Channing Tatum’s pants from THE HATEFUL EIGHT), Garret Dillahunt, and Alia Shawkat star. Followed by Gordon Parks Jr's Thomasine & Bushrod.

    • September 7, 2018
    • 9:15pm The Ballad of Little Jo9:15pm - 11:16pmThe Ballad of Little Jo directed by Maggie Greenwald. Abandoned by her family as an unwed mother and sold as a prostitute to soldiers by a traveling salesman, Josephine Monaghan (Suzy Amis) decides to live as a man. As “Jo,” she settles in the shabby mining town of Ruby City and becomes a frontiersman. She learns to shoot, raise and sheer sheep, and eventually earns enough money to buy property and a herd of her own. When a cattle company starts buying land – and killing homesteaders that stand in their way – she is forced to consider what she has made of her life as a man, all unthinkable as a society woman. Increasingly relevant today, the film can be seen, in the words of the New York Times’s Stephen Holden, as “an allegorical critique of sex and power and men’s-club values in America.”

    • September 8, 2018
    • 4:45pm Bullet's for Breakfast4:45pm - 6:05pmIn Holly Fisher’s experimental, feminist feature, she explores ideas of the Western while visually constructing a story about gender relations. Interweaving and layering images from Ford’s MY DARLING CLEMENTINE (from a silent Super-8mm print she discovered in a NYC hardware store), she uses optical printing, postcards of Renaissance paintings of women, footage of women working in a Maine herring factory, feminist poetry, and excerpts from a pulp-Western author’s autobiography, in an attempt to, in her words, “understand how to make a structure that puts women as the subject, not the object.” She has further observed, “It’s a Western filtered through a post-feminist movement sensibility…It shows what I think is happening in my film, which is that history is relative to who is writing it and when.”

    • 6:45pm The Good Time Girls6:45pm - 8:25pmTHE GOOD TIME GIRLS by Courtney Hoffman. (2017, 15 min, digital. With Laura Dern, Garret Dillahunt, and Alia Shawkat.) Costume designer Courtney Hoffman’s first directorial effort finds three women taking revenge on the men who have ruined their lives. Laura Dern (literally wearing Channing Tatum’s pants from THE HATEFUL EIGHT), Garret Dillahunt, and Alia Shawkat star. Followed by Gordon Parks Jr's Thomasine & Bushrod.

    • September 10, 2018
    • 6:45pm The Belle Starr Story6:45pm - 8:15pmTHE BELLE STARR STORY by Lina Wertmüller & Piero Cristofani. Print courtesy of the Swedish Film Institute. With Elsa Martinelli. One of the few Spaghetti Westerns starring – and possibly the only one directed by – a woman (Wertmüller worked under the pseudonym “Nathan Wich” after replacing Cristofani), the film is inspired by the notorious American outlaw Belle Starr, played by Elsa Martinelli. Starr was known to ride sidesaddle wearing a black velvet riding habit and feathered hat. Martinelli’s incarnation is almost never seen out of her black leather pants and jacket, but she stays true to Starr’s reputation as a sharpshooter. The tale opens as Starr is outmatched and charmed by fellow gambler Larry Blackie (George Eastman). They form a violent relationship, which climaxes when she decides to beat him to the treasure in a jewel robbery.

    • September 11, 2018
    • 9:00pm The Good Time Girls9:00pm - 10:40pmTHE GOOD TIME GIRLS by Courtney Hoffman. (2017, 15 min, digital. With Laura Dern, Garret Dillahunt, and Alia Shawkat.) Costume designer Courtney Hoffman’s first directorial effort finds three women taking revenge on the men who have ruined their lives. Laura Dern (literally wearing Channing Tatum’s pants from THE HATEFUL EIGHT), Garret Dillahunt, and Alia Shawkat star. Followed by Gordon Parks Jr's Thomasine & Bushrod.

    • September 12, 2018
    • 9:00pm The Belle Starr Story9:00pm - 10:30pmTHE BELLE STARR STORY by Lina Wertmüller & Piero Cristofani. Print courtesy of the Swedish Film Institute. With Elsa Martinelli. One of the few Spaghetti Westerns starring – and possibly the only one directed by – a woman (Wertmüller worked under the pseudonym “Nathan Wich” after replacing Cristofani), the film is inspired by the notorious American outlaw Belle Starr, played by Elsa Martinelli. Starr was known to ride sidesaddle wearing a black velvet riding habit and feathered hat. Martinelli’s incarnation is almost never seen out of her black leather pants and jacket, but she stays true to Starr’s reputation as a sharpshooter. The tale opens as Starr is outmatched and charmed by fellow gambler Larry Blackie (George Eastman). They form a violent relationship, which climaxes when she decides to beat him to the treasure in a jewel robbery.

    • 7:00pm Bullets for Breakfast7:00pm - 8:20pmIn Holly Fisher’s experimental, feminist feature, she explores ideas of the Western while visually constructing a story about gender relations. Interweaving and layering images from Ford’s MY DARLING CLEMENTINE (from a silent Super-8mm print she discovered in a NYC hardware store), she uses optical printing, postcards of Renaissance paintings of women, footage of women working in a Maine herring factory, feminist poetry, and excerpts from a pulp-Western author’s autobiography, in an attempt to, in her words, “understand how to make a structure that puts women as the subject, not the object.” She has further observed, “It’s a Western filtered through a post-feminist movement sensibility…It shows what I think is happening in my film, which is that history is relative to who is writing it and when.”

    • September 14, 2018
    • 9:00pm The Belle Starr Story9:00pm - 10:00pmTHE BELLE STARR STORY by Lina Wertmüller & Piero Cristofani. Print courtesy of the Swedish Film Institute. With Elsa Martinelli. One of the few Spaghetti Westerns starring – and possibly the only one directed by – a woman (Wertmüller worked under the pseudonym “Nathan Wich” after replacing Cristofani), the film is inspired by the notorious American outlaw Belle Starr, played by Elsa Martinelli. Starr was known to ride sidesaddle wearing a black velvet riding habit and feathered hat. Martinelli’s incarnation is almost never seen out of her black leather pants and jacket, but she stays true to Starr’s reputation as a sharpshooter. The tale opens as Starr is outmatched and charmed by fellow gambler Larry Blackie (George Eastman). They form a violent relationship, which climaxes when she decides to beat him to the treasure in a jewel robbery.

    • 9:00pm The Belle Starr Story9:00pm - 10:00pmTHE BELLE STARR STORY by Lina Wertmüller & Piero Cristofani. Print courtesy of the Swedish Film Institute. With Elsa Martinelli. One of the few Spaghetti Westerns starring – and possibly the only one directed by – a woman (Wertmüller worked under the pseudonym “Nathan Wich” after replacing Cristofani), the film is inspired by the notorious American outlaw Belle Starr, played by Elsa Martinelli. Starr was known to ride sidesaddle wearing a black velvet riding habit and feathered hat. Martinelli’s incarnation is almost never seen out of her black leather pants and jacket, but she stays true to Starr’s reputation as a sharpshooter. The tale opens as Starr is outmatched and charmed by fellow gambler Larry Blackie (George Eastman). They form a violent relationship, which climaxes when she decides to beat him to the treasure in a jewel robbery.

    • September 15, 2018
    • 9:15pm Meek's Cutoff preceded by The Frontier Experience9:15pm - 11:25pmMEEK’S CUTOFF by Kelly Reichardt. Oregon, 1845. Three pioneer families in covered wagons are making the treacherous journey west led by Stephen Meek when they realize he no longer knows the way. Is Meek incompetent, or is this sabotage? That question soon becomes the least of their worries as their water supplies dwindle and a Native American man is discovered following them, eventually to be taken prisoner. Isolated from the men’s deliberations, the three women (Shirley Henderson, Michelle Williams, and Zoe Kazan) are tasked not only with maintaining a sense of normality in the face of a harrowing trip, but also transporting a certain form of civilization, as they move precious heirlooms across the country. The first (and to date, only) period piece in Reichardt’s filmography, MEEK’S CUTOFF finds her every bit as comfortable working in this mode. Preceded by: Barbara Loden THE FRONTIER EXPERIENCE (1975, 25 min, 16mm) Made for an educational film distributor, Barbara Loden’s under-acknowledged short film was her first directorial effort following her masterpiece, WANDA, and was written by HESTER STREET and CROSSING DELANCEY director Joan Micklin Silver. Based on women’s diaries from the period, it features Loden herself as Delilah Fowler, who struggles to survive and provide for her children during their first year as settlers in the Kansas prairie.

    • 7:00pm The Ballad of Little Jo7:00pm - 9:01pmThe Ballad of Little Jo directed by Maggie Greenwald. Abandoned by her family as an unwed mother and sold as a prostitute to soldiers by a traveling salesman, Josephine Monaghan (Suzy Amis) decides to live as a man. As “Jo,” she settles in the shabby mining town of Ruby City and becomes a frontiersman. She learns to shoot, raise and sheer sheep, and eventually earns enough money to buy property and a herd of her own. When a cattle company starts buying land – and killing homesteaders that stand in their way – she is forced to consider what she has made of her life as a man, all unthinkable as a society woman. Increasingly relevant today, the film can be seen, in the words of the New York Times’s Stephen Holden, as “an allegorical critique of sex and power and men’s-club values in America.”

    • September 16, 2018
    • 6:00pm Meek's Cutoff preceded by The Frontier Experience6:00pm - 8:10pmMEEK’S CUTOFF by Kelly Reichardt. Oregon, 1845. Three pioneer families in covered wagons are making the treacherous journey west led by Stephen Meek when they realize he no longer knows the way. Is Meek incompetent, or is this sabotage? That question soon becomes the least of their worries as their water supplies dwindle and a Native American man is discovered following them, eventually to be taken prisoner. Isolated from the men’s deliberations, the three women (Shirley Henderson, Michelle Williams, and Zoe Kazan) are tasked not only with maintaining a sense of normality in the face of a harrowing trip, but also transporting a certain form of civilization, as they move precious heirlooms across the country. The first (and to date, only) period piece in Reichardt’s filmography, MEEK’S CUTOFF finds her every bit as comfortable working in this mode. Preceded by: Barbara Loden THE FRONTIER EXPERIENCE (1975, 25 min, 16mm) Made for an educational film distributor, Barbara Loden’s under-acknowledged short film was her first directorial effort following her masterpiece, WANDA, and was written by HESTER STREET and CROSSING DELANCEY director Joan Micklin Silver. Based on women’s diaries from the period, it features Loden herself as Delilah Fowler, who struggles to survive and provide for her children during their first year as settlers in the Kansas prairie.

Time

september 1 (Saturday) - 16 (Sunday) EDT

Location

Anthology Film Archives

32 Second Avenue

Organizer

Hannah Greenberg

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