April 8, 1999 – Ruby Rich: “Film After Gender (?)”
Thursday, April 8 | 4:00 pm | Oakes Mural Room
A working critic since the mid-1970s, Rich has been closely identified with a number of important film movements, notably feminist film, Latin American cinema, independent film in the U.S. and Europe, and the recent phenomenon of the New Queer Cinema, a term she coined. She has published in Signs, Feminist Studies, and Iris. Her book, Chick Flicks: Theories and Memories of the Feminist Film Movement, will be published by Duke University Press in November. Rich started her career in film exhibition, as founder of the Woods Hole Film Society in 1972 and then as Associate Director of the Film Center at the Art Institute of Chicago. After a stint as film critic for the Chicago Reader, she moved to New York City to become the director of the film program for the New York Council on the Arts for its decade-long golden age prior to disastrous budget cuts. Since 1992, she has lived in San Francisco and taught documentary film and queer studies at UC Berkeley. She curated the tribute to Argentine cinema for the Sundance Film Festival and theseries for the opening season of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. In 1995-96, she was a Rockefeller Scholar in the Humanities at NYU’s Center for Media, Culture and History.
Sponsored by the Revisionary Cinemas Research Cluster.