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February 17, 2017 - 7:30 pm
Susan Berman.

A Girl's Own Story  (Australia, 1983)

16mm, color, 26 min.  Dir. Jane Campion.  Production: Australian Film and Television School. Distribution: Women Make Movies. Producer: Patricia L’Huede. Screenwriter: Jane Campion. Cinematographer: Sally Bongers. Editor: Chris Lancaster. With: Gabrielle Shornegg, Geraldine Haywood, Marina Knight, John Godden.

Smithereens  (1982)

Embodying the anarchic spirit of the new wave music scene in the morally bankrupt culture of an early-‘80s Manhattan, Seidelman’s Smithereens is her post-film school announcement of a new artistic voice of reckoning.  We follow our anti-heroine, the unsympathetic but completely captivating Wren (Susan Berman), along her constant struggle for recognition, amplified by her fierce scramble for basic survival—all underscored by her lack of agency to live on the edge so readily afforded to her countercultural male peers.  Funded by the nest egg meant for Seidelman’s wedding, Smithereens was the first American independent feature to premiere at Cannes, cementing this recent NYU graduate as the pugnacious trailblazer the underground world was waiting for.

35mm, color, 97 min.  Dir. Susan Seidelman.  Production: Domestic Films. Distribution: Shout Factory. Producer: S. Seidelman. Screenwriter: S. Seidelman, Ron Nyswaner, Peter Askin. Cinematographer: Chirine El Khadem. Production Design: Franz Harland. Editor: S. Seidelman. Composer: Glenn Mercer, Bill Million. With: Susan Berman, Brad Rinn, Richard Hell, Nada Despotovich, Roger Jett.