Austin Film Society presents No Cover: Films by Bette Gordon

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The Drowning
The Drowning Photo courtesy of AFS Cinema

Groundbreaking independent filmmaker Bette Gordon joins AFS for a long weekend with her body of work, including her essential breakout and incisive reversal of the male gaze, her uncompromising studies of masculinity in films. The series includes rarely-seen shorts. Each film program will be accompanied by an in-person Q&A with Gordon.

  • February 23: Variety - In her '80s independent classic, Gordon follows a young woman who becomes increasingly obsessed with characters and the material that passes through the porn theater where she works as a ticket clerk. Co-written by another great feminist artist, Kathy Acker, the film is a layered and complex examination of gender, power, and cinematic voice. Preceded by Gordon’s rarely seen early short film version, Anybody’s Woman, which includes performances by Spalding Gray, Nancy Reilly and Mark Boone, Jr.
  • February 24: The Drowning - Gordon’s latest feature, a layered psychological suspense story, is set in motion by an uncanny coincidence: a young ex-convict tries to drown himself upon his release from prison, but is heroically saved by his former psychologist, walking the beach at the same time.
  • February 25: Luminous Motion - A lush and atmospheric tale of a boy on the road with his drifter mother, who strikes up a new relationship to get a roof over their head when their car breaks down. Gordon’s interest in perspective and power is key in this film, in which a woman becomes the witness to destructive male behavior.
  • February 26: Experimental Shorts Of Bette Gordon - Bette Gordon began her film work in New York the 1970s. Some of her very first released work were collaborations with visual artist and avant garde filmmaker James Benning. These films were Gordon’s early investigations of the possibilities of film structure and narrative as well as female representation. Her featurette Empty Suitcases was an early solo work that explored the themes and visual concepts that would continue to surface in her oeuvre, and led directly into the making of Variety. Films in this program include: Michigan Avenue, I-94, The United States Of America, and Empty Suitcases.

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AFS Cinema
6406 N. I-35 Frontage Rd. Suite 3100
Austin, TX 78752


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