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UCLA Film & Television Archive and The Andrew J. Kuehn Jr. Foundation present

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

Two women looking at each other.
November 18, 2021 - 4:00 pm

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Archive events are in Pacific Time (U.S.).

This is a one-time screening.

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 Shu Lea Cheang, Mary Guzmán, Jenni Olson and Greta Schiller.

Special thanks to our community partner

UCLA LGBTQ Campus Resource Center

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.

New digital preservation!

After the Break

U.S., 1994

Personalities clashs 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.

New digital preservation!

Greta’s Girls

U.S., 1978

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.

Outfest UCLA Legacy Project Screening Series