Thursday, July 8, 2010

Coming Soon: 30th Annual SF Jewish Film Festival

San Francisco Women's Film Festival (SFWFF) is proud to be a community partner at this year's San Francisco Jewish Film Festival

SFWFF co-presents a film screening of Grace Paley: Collected Shorts directed by Lily Rivlin

Lily Rivlin's (Gimme a Kiss, SFJFF 2002) intimate documentary is rich, inspiring portrait of Jewish writer and activist Grace Paley, who passed away in 2007. Paley's acclaimed first short story collection, The Little Disturbances of Man, established her reputations with its brilliantly sad and funny chronicles of Jewish American urban females much like herself.

Paley's New York tales, filled with an emotional and sexual frankness especially bold at the tail end of the frightened 1950's, soon became classics of the short fiction form. Not content to rest on her laurels, however, Paley combined her evolving literary career with passionate pursuit of her political concerns through the 1960's, 70's and 80's.

"Art is too long and life is too short," wrote the outspoken Paley, "There's a lot more to do in life than writing."Indeed she spent the rest of her life on the front lines of the anti-war and women's movements, where she endured being arrested time and time again.

Rivlin's film confidently juggles all aspects of Paley's extraordinary story, told in candid recollections and passionate reading by Paley herself, along with fond remembrances by literary critics, family and writer-friends Alan Gurganas and Alice Walker.

Throughout, Grace Paley: Collected Shorts casts and important and penetrating light on a brilliant and highly principled woman who consistently reinvented her life and art.- Thomas Logoreci

Location: Castro Theatre, San Francisco, CA

Date: Sunday, July 25, 2010

Time: 11:00 a.m.

Admission: $12.00 (regular), $10.50 (Senior discount)

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