Wednesday, January 18, 2016
@ Squeaky Wheel
General $7 | Free for Squeaky Wheel Members
With introductory remarks via Skype by Peggy Ahwesh
“[Doris Wishman’s] films offer the prerequisite weirdness of the genre but they have a seedy underlying resonance of the fear of and hostility toward women in our world which Doris describes in her own profound and tawdry way. From my perspective, she maintains a unique combination of proto-feminism (although she would strongly disagree with this term) and pop cultural criticism in the design of the films which is a consistent and pure look at what it means to be female.” – Peggy Ahwesh
This 1961 nudie-cutie classic by “the Queen of Sexploitation” Doris Wishman (1912-2002), portrays a rich scientist who organizes an expedition to the moon, and discovers that it’s full of nude women. We are excited to present this film as the final event in our sci-fi series OTHERWORLDS, with introductory remarks via Skype by filmmaker Peggy Ahwesh, a long-time Doris Wishman fan.
Limited copies of a “The Films of Doris Wishman”, a zine by Peggy Ahwesh, will be on sale.
“Boasting sensational titles like Nude on the Moon, Bad Girls Go to Hell, and Keyholes Are for Peeping, New York City-born director Doris Wishman became the queen of sexploitation filmmaking during the 1960s and ‘70s — one of the only women creating movies in the softcore subgenre that played the grindhouse theaters in cities across America. A self-taught writer and director, Wishman became famous for her nudist camp romps and melodramatic B-film aesthetic… Unconventional editing choices, including cutaways to paintings and ashtrays, overdubbed dialogue, gratuitous violence and nudity, and the exploitation of innocent women aplenty, a Doris Wishman film is titillating, odd, and endearing at the same time. Her films exist on their own terms.” – Alison Natasi, Flavorwire
Peggy Ahwesh was born in 1954. She received her B.F.A. from Antioch College. Her work has been widely shown, at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; the Balie Theater, Amsterdam; the Filmmuseum, Frankfurt; the Rotterdam International Film Festival, Rotterdam; Museu d’Art Contemporani Barcelona (MACBA), Barcelona; the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and The Museum of Modern Art, New York, among other venues. Her numerous awards include an Alpert Award in the Arts, a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, and grants from the Jerome Foundation, Creative Capital, and the New York State Council on the Arts. She teaches at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York.
About The Series
From cybernetic futures to voyages across space and time, our Fall/Winter screening series OTHERWORLDS focuses on alternative science fiction, including experimental films, rare documentaries, and cult classics.