Sunday, December 13, 1998

Chick Flicks with B. Ruby Rich

San Francisco Art Institute

Cultural critic B. Ruby Rich celebrates publication of her new book, Chick Flicks: Theories and Memoiies of the Feminist Film Movement, with a book-signing and screening of two landmark films picturing sexuality and gender relations. “Carolee Schneemann’s Fuses (1964-67) was ground-breaking: sexually explicit, it starred the filmmaker herself making love with her then-boyfriend. Shot with a wind-up Bolex and experimentally processed, it bypasses traditional realist treatments of sex to make its own blazing statement. Marjorie Keller’s Misconception (1977) was inspired by her sister-in-law’s pregnancy. Toting quirky Super-8 synch-sound equipment, Keller was able unobtrusively to document the pregnancy and birth, then edited the resulting footage to make poetic points about women, men, and the progeny that result from their mating.” (B. R. R.) Rich will discuss these films, the warring factions of feminism in the 70s, and the challenge posed by Schneemann and Keller’s work to the dominat male avant-garde of their day.