Virtual Screening/Chat: Mae West: Dirty Blonde from American Masters

Virtual Screening/Chat: Mae West: Dirty Blonde from American Masters

Tue, 07/21/2020 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Caption: Mae West on the set of her film I'm No Angel, 1933.

Credit: Courtesy of General Photographic Agency/Getty Images

Join WXXI for a Virtual Screening and Chat to dive into the life and career of groundbreaking writer, performer and subversive star Mae West. 

Over a career spanning eight decades, she broke boundaries and possessed creative and economic powers unheard of for a female entertainer in the 1930s. American Masters — Mae West: Dirty Blonde Virtual Screening & Discussion will take place on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at 7pm. 

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Event Description: The virtual screening will show clips from the program that tell the story of the life and career of Mae West and how she broke new ground in society in ways  that still resonate today. The virtual screening will be followed by a chat with special guests, Dr. Barbara LeSavoy a faculty member of the Department of Women and Gender Studies at SUNY Brockport and Professor Dijana Jelača, a faculty member of the Film Department at Brooklyn College. 

The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required to receive screening log-in information. Once registered, participants will receive an email confirmation, followed by a reminder email 2 days prior to the event with screening information.

About our Guest Speakers: 

Dijana Jelača [pronounced Deeyana Yelacha] teaches in the Film Department at Brooklyn College. Her research interests include intersectional feminist film studies, women’s film history, and socialist women’s cinema.She is the author of Dislocated Screen Memory: Narrating Trauma in Post-Yugoslav Cinema (2016) and co-author of Film Feminisms: A Global Introduction (2019). She co-edited several scholarly volumes, including The Routledge Companion to Cinema and Gender (2017). Her scholarly essays have appeared in Signs, Camera Obscura, Feminist Media Studies, Jump Cut, Studies in Eastern European Cinema and elsewhere. She is also the Programming Director of the Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film Festival in New York City.

Dr. Barb LeSavoy is Associate Professor in the Department of Women and Gender Studies  at SUNY Brockport. She chaired the department for 13 consecutive years.  Her research and publication areas include women’s global human rights, identity politics in literature/popular culture, and historical to contemporary perspectives on gender equality. Dr. LeSavoy serves as lead faculty for a global classroom linking students at  Brockport with students at Velikiy Novgorod State University in Russia.   She is a recipient of the  2017 Brockport Presidential Award for Teaching Excellence and  2020 SUNY Chancellor Award for Teaching Excellence. 

More About the Film: Mae West achieved great acclaim in every entertainment medium that existed during her lifetime, spanning eight decades of the 20th century. A full-time actress at seven, a vaudevillian at 14, a dancing sensation at 25, a Broadway playwright at 33, a silver screen ingénue at 40, a Vegas nightclub act at 62, a recording artist at 73, a camp icon at 85 – West left no format unconquered. She possessed creative and economic powers unheard of for a female entertainer in the 1930s and still rare today. Though she was a comedian, West grappled with some of the more complex social issues of the 20th century, including race and class tensions, and imbued even her most salacious plotlines with commentary about gender conformity, societal restrictions and what she perceived as moral hypocrisy. American Masters — Mae West: Dirty Blonde is the first major documentary film to explore West’s life and career, as she “climbed the ladder of success wrong by wrong” to become a writer, performer and subversive agitator for social change. Produced and directed by Sally Rosenthal and Julia Marchesi.

Major funding for American Masters — Mae West: Dirty Blonde is provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities, The Better Angels Society, Brice Brown, The Carson Family Charitable Trust, Leslie and Roslyn Goldstein Foundation, The Sandpiper Group, and Susan Lacy.

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