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UCLA Film & Television Archive and the Hugh M. Hefner Classic American Film Program present

Beth B: A Retrospective

Beth B looking through a movie camera.
April 1, 2023 -
April 8, 2023

Photo credit: Frank Ockenfels III.

A central figure of the New York art and film scenes since the 1970s, Beth B has continuously expanded the form and subject of independent cinema throughout her prolific career. The no-budget, punk-fueled films she directed with her creative partner Scott B feverishly explored unconventional themes and characters and inspired an entire generation of filmmakers to claim the ethos of DIY production. On her own, B has produced over 30 works across a range of genres including experimental, documentary and narrative shorts and features. From the dark side of our technologically mediated society to liberating expressions of gender and sexuality, she has brought a uniquely intimate and prescient approach to some of the most vital and controversial topics of the day.

The Archive is thrilled to partner with the American Cinematheque to present a selection of B’s films—many screening in new digital restorations—that were part of a recent career retrospective at MoMA.

View the American Cinematheque schedule for additional screenings on April 5, 6 and 7 at the Los Feliz 3. 

Special thanks to: George Schmalz, Kino Lorber; Imani Davis, American Cinematheque.

Past Programs & Events

Title Date and Time Location
A woman looking through a window.

The Dominatrix Sleeps Tonight / Salvation! Have You Said Your Prayers Today?

Saturday, April 8, 2023 - 7:30 pm Billy Wilder Theater
A woman with pantyhose over her head.

The Offenders / Vortex

Saturday, April 1, 2023 - 7:30 pm Billy Wilder Theater