U.S. Centerpiece: The Owls
(USA, 2010, 66 mins)
Cheryl Dunye (IMDB
SCR: Sarah Schulman & Cheryl Dunye
THE OWLS (the acronym for Older Wiser Lesbians), a hybrid narrative thriller/documentary, takes an unprecedented look at the generational gap between middle-aged lesbians - who paved the way in the '80s and '90s - and their 20-something counterparts.
The OWLs are former rock stars Iris (Guinevere Turner) and Lily (Lisa Gornick), who love their alcohol and still attempt to party like it's 1994. Lily's relationship with her girlfriend Carol (Cheryl Dunye) is a little unstable, and MJ (V.S. Brodie) carries a torch for Iris. When the middle-aged parliament encounter Cricket (Deak Evgenikos), a 20-something dyke who has little respect for the self-proclaimed trailblazing ladies, tragedy ensues, sending the OWLs into a tailspin.
Director Cheryl Dunye (THE WATERMELON WOMAN) and novelist Sarah Schulman workshopped THE OWLS script with the cast and crew. Scripted scenes and the out-of-character actors provide insight into their roles and their own lives, exploring a multitude of timely and provocative themes in this truly innovative film.
- Kirsten Schaffer, Executive Director
Mon, Jul 12th 8:00pm
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