March 6, 2006
SF filmmaker to present free screening of
San Francisco-based filmmaker Jenni Olson--whose film The
Joy of Life debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in 2005--will
present a free public screening of her movie on Wednesday, March
8, at 7 p.m. in the Communications Building, Room 150. The event
is sponsored by UCSC's Film and Digital Media Department and
the Sexuality Studies Group.
Since its premiere at Sundance, this innovative feature film
has played a pivotal role in renewing debate about the need
for a suicide barrier on the Golden Gate Bridge. The Joy
of Life has earned awards from both the New York and Los
Angeles Lesbian & Gay Film Festivals, and has been praised
by critics for its unique style and dynamic vision.
Described by the Village Voice as "thrillingly
minimalist, the film unites landscape shots of a hauntingly
vacant San Francisco with noir-style voiceovers that combine
romantic poetry, cinema-studies esoterica, and the contested
politics of the Golden Gate Bridge with its open invitation
to suicides. It combines stunning 16mm landscape cinematography
with a bold, lyrical voiceover (performed by L.A.-based artist/actor
Harriet "Harry" Dodge) to share two San Francisco
stories: the history of the Golden Gate Bridge as a suicide
landmark, and the story of a butch dyke in San Francisco searching
for love and self-discovery.
The two stories are punctuated by Lawrence Ferlinghetti's reading
of his ode to San Francisco, The Changing Light, and
bookended by opening and closing credits music from legendary
'50s icon (and presumed Golden Gate suicide) Weldon Kees. For
more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.