“Goddesses and Other Truths”: Shorts by Lesbian Filmmakers, 1978-2003

Virtual Event
Thursday, Nov 18, 2021 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
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Presented by the UCLA Film & Television Archive and The Andrew J. Kuehn Jr. Foundation.


A video link will be sent by email on the day of the program. The link will also be posted here 30 minutes before the program.


Featuring two new scans from the Outfest UCLA Legacy Project collection, this group of short-form works was curated to center lesbian stories across various planes of experience and imagemaking.

Program will feature a post-screening Q&A with filmmakers Mary Guzmán, Jenni Olson and Greta Schiller.


Sex Bowl
U.S., 1994

“All forms of human sport become sites for sexual play and celebratory eroticism.”—Electronic Arts Intermix. B&w, 8 min. Director: Jane Castle, Shu Lea Cheang. Film courtesy of Electronic Arts Intermix.

U.S., 1993

“Follows a day in the life of a black French lesbian in San Francisco.”—Frameline. B&w, 5 min. Director: H. Lenn Keller. Film courtesy of Frameline.

Matzo Maidels
U.S., 2003

Combines rare 16mm archival lesbian porn footage overlaid with an outrageous Jewish porno voiceover—sprinkled with colloquial Yiddishisms. B&w, 5 min. Director: Jenni Olson, Monica Nolan. Film courtesy of the filmmakers.

After the Break
U.S., 1994

New digital preservation! Personalities clash in a lesbian therapy group. B&w, 13 min. Director/writer: Mary Guzmán. New digital scan courtesy of The Andrew J. Kuehn Jr. Foundation.

U.S., 1997

“Using personal narrative, still photography and stop animation, Donna Carter’s 1997 short film Tomboy is an imaginative autobiographical account of an African American tomboy’s journey to success and self-acceptance.”—Frameline. B&w, 5 min. Director: Donna Carter. Film courtesy of Frameline.

Greta’s Girls
U.S., 1978

New digital preservation! One of the first independent short films to focus on the domestic life of a lesbian couple. B&w, 25 min. Director: Greta Schiller. New digital scan courtesy of The Andrew J. Kuehn Jr. Foundation.

Total program runtime: approx. 110 min.


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