Dear Gabe (50 mins, 2003), the latest video by Dr. Alexandra Juhasz, a documentary DVD about feminism, family, work and motherhood. Ideal for classes in Cultural Studies, American Studies, Women’s Studies, Sociology and Queer Studies, and Film Studies, Dear Gabe presents a diverse, artful and challenging vision of family rarely seen in mainstream media. Offered with the short film, Hubey/Wifey, this collection brings together two works that represent the art, history, and daily living of non-traditional family. A study guide will be available with institutional orders with a release date of January 1, 2004. Please go to the website below.
Dr. Juhasz (DEAR GABE) is a documentary videomaker and Media Studies professor at Pitzer College who has made over fifteen educational documentaries on feminist and lesbian issues from AIDS, to teen sexuality, to feminist film history. She has taught on women and film and has written extensively on feminist and AIDS documentary: AIDS TV (Duke, 1995), Women of Vision: Histories in Feminist Media (Minnesota, 2001).
Dear Gabe tells the story of six college friends who began to have children at 35, after first focusing on their careers. Since graduating from Amherst College these women have done exactly what they were supposed to: established themselves in the professions, bought homes, coupled, made families. One of them died of AIDS. Structured around private, poetic letters to the filmmakers’ son, Dear Gabe addresses contemporary feminist themes in a personal, artistic and politicized voice: balancing family and career, self and children; re-evaluating women’s place in male professions; considering the role of men in a feminist life. Intimate interviews reveal six articulate female friends who bend traditional ideas of race, sexuality, and religion to make more equitable families, relationships, and careers. Straight and gay; black, white and Asian; doctors, rabbis, and professors; and now, mothers, they wonder: however will they manage?
Todd Hugh (HUBBY/WIFEY) has made thirteen queer short films including DING DONG and made his feature film debut with the cult hit THE NEW WOMEN. He also serves as Creative Director for New Media at The American Film Institute.
From 1911 to 1946, Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas lived together in Paris as husband and wife. Although they were not "out" as lesbians, the inseparable duo forged a prophetic and enduring same-sex union. In this short film a modern lesbian couple shares a fever dream with their foremothers, Gertrude and Alice, of the joys and trials of gay marriage. The film pays homage to Stein's legendary salon of Parisian visionaries, Man Ray, Picasso, Dali and Buñuel and is set to a moving love letter Stein wrote late one night in the early 20's for her beloved to find on the morning of her birthday.
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