Last Fast Ride: The Life, Love, and Death of a Punk Goddess

Thursday, Mar 5, 2020 - 4:00pm to 7:00pm
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UCLA Library's Distinctive Collections will screen Last Fast Ride: The Life, Love, and Death of a Punk Goddess on Thursday, March 5th from 4:00-7:00 pm in the Charles E. Young Library Main Conference Room. This film documents the reign of Marian Anderson, one of the most provocative and controversial lead singers of California's 1990s punk scene. Narrated by Henry Rollins, Last Fast Ride is the cautionary tale of the youth, tormented adolescence, political resistance, and tragic death of this legendary performer in Los Angeles.

A moderated panel discussion and Q&A with writer and filmmaker Lilly Scourtis Ayers, Danielle Santos Bernal, and Elizabeth Rogers will follow.

Lilly Scourtis Ayers
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Lilly Scourtis Ayers is an independent filmmaker and television producer. Ayers studied Classical Civilization and Film History/Theory at UCLA, then went on to pursue her MFA in Film Directing at Columbia University, School of the Arts, in New York City. Her first feature film, Last Fast Ride – The Life, Love, and Death of a Punk Goddess, a documentary about underground punk singer Marian Anderson, premiered at the Slamdance Film Festival, received national distribution with Virgil Films, and ultimately aired on San Francisco PBS station KQED as part of their “Truly California” program. Ayers has worked for Emmy Award-Winning production companies as a television producer and is currently developing several film and television projects. She and her husband, attorney Scott Ayers, live in Los Angeles with their two boys.

Danielle Santos Bernal 
A dead man’s baby, Bernal’s father died of a heroin overdose before she was born. She was a runaway and a street kid in the early 1980’s LA punk scene. Bernal’s interests include skateboarding, cars, guns, knives, mixed martial arts and, above all else, music. Bernal says punk rock has saved her life multiple times; it was the punk movement and community that has gotten her through the toughest times in her life. In 2001, Bernal’s girlfriend of six years, underground punk singer Marian Anderson, died of a heroin overdose. A few years later, Bernal brought the idea for a documentary about Marian to director Lilly Scourtis Ayers. They collaborated on the making of the film and Bernal served as Associate Producer. Bernal joined legendary British punk group GBH on tour as their Stage Manager in the summer of 2015 and soon after began filming a documentary about them, which she is currently directing/producing. Bernal has been involved with several LGBTQ causes including Los Angeles's Gay and Lesbian Center’s Youth Outreach Program and has been a mentor in addiction recovery programs since 1998.

Elizabeth Rogers, M.A.
Prevention Education Coordinator, CARE Program
Originally from Southern California, Elizabeth has molded her academic and professional careers around the safety and empowerment of survivors of trauma. Drawing from Black Feminist scholarship and community organizing pedagogies, she continuously advocates for liberation and equity within historically disenfranchised communities, specializing in raising awareness around issues related to gender-based violence as they intersect with race and sexuality. Elizabeth holds an M.A. in Women’s Studies from The University of Alabama (Roll Tide!) as well as B.A.s in Political Science, African American Studies, and Sociology from the University of Alabama. Her research investigates problems of citizenship, humanity, democracy, political dissent, and social death, and how these concepts intersect with race, gender, class, and sexuality.
While in Alabama (and during her short tenure in Massachusetts, Elizabeth created several community and campus organizations and also worked in a Peer Educator capacity for the University of Alabama Women and Gender Resource Center. She also taught Introduction to African American Studies, Introduction to Women’s Studies, and Introduction to Political Science for The University of Alabama. Elizabeth is thrilled to be back home in California and is committed to bringing exciting and innovative programs to the UCLA campus.
CARE (Campus Assault Resources & Education) is committed to the eradication of sexual and gender-based violence through creating and sustaining a safe, healthy, and equitable community for all people. CARE strives to achieve this through the provision of comprehensive prevention education, individual support and advocacy, and holistic healing programs for all members of the UCLA community.

Refreshments will be provided.

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