I am excited about this fall's Women's Film Preservation Fund's three upcoming screenings. On November 1st at 6:30p, The Film Society of Lincoln Center will screen the Jessie Maple's 1981 film Will with post panel discussion and reception. Sunday, November 7th at MoMA's To Save and Project: The Eighth annual International Festival of Film Preservation, WFPF and MoMA will be screening two programs (at 1 & 3p) which include a wide variety of shorts along with the feature, Las Madres: The Mothers of Plaza de Mayo (1985) Argentina. Program 1 entitled "Pretty Women" offers a number of well chosen short works from Lipstick (1974) a documentary work revealing the private world of women and their toilet by the director, Jane Morrison to Desire Pie (1976), an animated short on the joy of love and sex by Lisa Crafts. Progam 2 consists of Elizabeth Barret's Quilting Women (1976) (pictured here) and the Oscar nominated film by Lourdes Portillo and Susana Muñoz, Las Madres (1985). One of the great things about these line-ups is that they are eclectic but accessible, so you will walk away with having experienced some lesser known interesting films that are about women, by women.
The third WFPF screening this fall will be held at The Paley Center for Media. Playing for Time will be shown as part of the event A Look Back at Playing for Time. On November 21st at 3p, Playing for Time will screen followed by a guest panel with Vanessa Redgrave, Jane Alexander and Linda Yellen. This afternoon will kick off the DVD release of this important film about a group of women hopes to escape death by performing in an orchestra while imprisoned at Auschwitz.
The Women's Film Preservation Fund was founded in 1995 by New York Women in Film and Television and The Museum of Modern Art to preserve the cultural legacy of women in the film industry. The only fund of its kind, the WFPF has provided financial support for the preservation of over 80 short and feature films. I am a committee member of WFPF and hope to see you at any and all of these rare screening events that shouldn't be missed.