LEFT ON PEARL Dir. Susie Rivo (2017); USA, 55m (digital)
GENESIS 3:16 Dir. Maureen Mccue and Lois Tupper (1971); USA, 20m (digital)
FRIDAY, MARCH 9TH AT 7:00PM & 9:00PM
SATURDAY, MARCH 10TH AT 7:00PM & 9:00PM
SUNDAY, MARCH 11TH AT 3:00PM
March 8, 1970 the women of Boston and Cambridge, MA took the streets in demonstration. Despite the bitter cold they proceeded to march and eventually occupy an underutilized building on Harvard’s campus, turning it into Boston’s first Women’s Center for the duration of their stay. Susie Rivo’s Left on Pearl reflects on the events that occurred, what lead up to them, and where some of the women are today. It is a powerful example of what activism looks like and can accomplish.
Some of the footage used in Left on Pearl depicts a street performance piece by a guerrilla theatre group selected from a 1971 short film titled Genesis 3:16. Genesis 3:16 was Maureen Mccue’s first film, shot with a shooting ratio of 1.5:1, the lowest in the history of cinema. The short premiered at the First International Festival of Women’s Films at one Fifth Avenue Cinema in New York, 1972, where it received a standing ovation. Left on Pearl was recently awarded Best Documentary at the Boston International Film Festival as well as Best of Festival at the Indianapolis LGBT Film Festival. We are pleased to screen the two side by side in honor of International Women’s Day, March 8.