Dir. Jessie Jeffrey Dunn Rovinelli
Presented in association with Film Fatales
Feat. iO Tillet Wright
The Town Hall
Sunday 22nd, September
3.00 – 5.00 PM
Four young queers in New York City struggle to maintain their proto-utopian community against the outside world as their lives curiously merge with the 1980’s German novel “so schön” by Ronald M. Schernikau. “As a document of its moment in time, place and political conjuncture, So Pretty is already of inestimable value, but the film is also marked by assured, sensitive direction and a visual flair that matches the intensity of its literary inspiration.” — Daniel Fairfax, Senses of Cinema
JESSIE JEFFREY DUNN ROVINELLI
is a film director, editor, colorist, and critic living in Brooklyn. Her first feature, the performative documentary Empathy, premiered in FID Marseille in 2016 and received the Prix du CNAP.
The filmmaker behind the groundbreaking cult documentary trilogy The Decline of Western Civilization (1979-1997)—a visceral, record of Los Angeles’ evolving music subcultures, Spheeris is also the director of landmark Hollywood comedies, including Wayne’s World (1992) and The Beverly Hillbillies (1993). Her studio output has sometimes obscured just how pioneering, and radical the other side of her career has been. Her early features including Suburbia (1983) and Dudes (1987 capture the alienation and defiance of communities at the margins of American society, and have a wild time doing it.
IO TILLET WRIGHT
iO Tillett Wright is an artist, activist, actor, speaker, TV host and writer. His work deals with identity, be it through photography and the Self Evident Truths Project/We Are You campaign, or on television as the co-host of MTV’s Suspect. iO has exhibited artwork in New York and Tokyo, was a featured contributor on Underground Culture to T: The New York Times Style Magazine. He has had photography featured in GQ, Elle, New York Magazine, and the New York Times Magazine. iO is a regular speaker at Universities, discussing expanding one’s circle of normalcy, and embracing those that are different than you. A native New Yorker, iO is now based in Los Angeles.
Founded by Leah Meyerhoff in 2013, Film Fatales supports an inclusive community of women feature film and television directors who meet regularly to share resources, collaborate on projects and build an environment in which to make their films.
Film Fatales has expanded to include over 500 women directors in LA and New York, and hundreds more in a dozen cities around the world. Film Fatales advocates for gender equality within the film industry by hosting panel discussions, educational workshops, networking events and screening series to promote the work of women filmmakers to a wider audience.