In honor of the upcoming election, the collaborative team behind Berning Love, a romantic tragicomedy about the search for love during the waning days of the Bernie Sanders 2016 primary campaign, decided to release the film publicly one year after its television debut on PBS in Vermont. We the makers hope that it inspires you to increase your civic engagement, get involved in your community and also, next week—GO VOTE! For information about what’s on your ballot, check out Ballotpedia.
I'll be showing some very preliminary footage and sharing lots of archival materials from my historical documentary about Jane Addams and the U.S. government's propaganda and surveillance campaign against feminist peace activists in the wake of the First Red Scare. The talk is on the De Anza College campus--the talk is free but daily parking at De Anza is $3. Also my colleague David Howard-Pitney is bringing his guitar to play a piece of music from the time period, so it should be good times all around as we learn about a period in U.S. history marked by xenophobia, anti-feminism, and violations of civil liberties by the surveillance state. ;) This talk is sponsored by the California History Center.
This spring I wrapped up most of the research and development on my next documentary short, called The Spider Web, about the U.S. War Department's surveillance and propaganda campaign against feminist pacifists in the early 1920s. I visited archives in Chicago IL, Swarthmore PA, Ramapo NJ, and Washington DC. I also filmed interviews with Louise Knight, Jane Addams' biographer, and Dr. Kim Nielsen, who wrote an excellent book about anti-feminism during the First Red Scare. In the process of working on what will be my first historical documentary, I have discovered that I am a secret historian and archive nerd. Who knew?!
Audiences and directors at the Rincon Film Festival in Puerto Rico chose Berning Love as Overall Best Documentary Short. I had the great fortune of wearing many hats on the film--working as a co-editor, associate producer, occasional camera operator, and director of research for the film. Now, Berning Love is on to its next screening--at the Bay Area Women in Film and Media International Shorts Showcase in San Francisco CA, from 6-9pm on Thursday April 13th. You can get tickets to that event here: http://bawifm.org/event-2485003. You can see a trailer for the film here: http://www.berninglovethefilm.com/
Berning Love will be screening at the Green Mountain Film Festival as part of their Vermont Shorts slate. Join some of the crew for a Q&A after the screening. You can buy tickets at https://gmffestival.showare.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=259
A few members of the Berning Love crew (myself included) will be visiting Berlin this week for our screening as part of Shorts Block 2 on Thursday February 9. We are insanely excited about this! Learn more about the festival here. Berning Love is a sweet and funny documentary short about love and politics during the waning days in Washington DC of the Bernie Sanders primary presidential campaign. You can learn more about the film, for which I was co-editor, associate producer and director of research, here.
Berning Love, a documentary short about the search for love during the waning days of the Bernie Sanders primary campaign, was accepted into the Berlin Independent Film Festival. I filled many roles on this film, including director of research, co-writer, assistant producer, co-editor and occasionally second camera. :) If you happen to be in Berlin from February 9-15, 2017, check it out! :)