Please join us for a post-film Q&A with Noel Furie, Selma Miriam, director Douglas Tirola and producer Susan Bedusa
The Avon Scholarship Awards Ceremony will take place prior to this film screening at 7:15 p.m.
ABOUT OUR GUEST SPEAKERS:
Douglas Tirola is an award-winning director and producer whose documentaries have been distributed around the world and have premiered at some of the most prestigious film festivals including Sundance, Tribeca, Berlin, HotDocs, and SXSW. Douglas’ latest film, BLOODROOT recently premiered at the 2019 DOCNYC festival, the largest documentary film festival in the country. Some of his previous directing credits include DRUNK STONED BRILLIANT DEAD, BREWMASTER, and HEY BARTENDER. Some of his producing credits include BISBEE ’17 and KATE PLAYS CHRISTINE. Douglas has worked as a screenwriter for Paramount, Universal, Fox, Warner Brothers, Sony, and New Line. Earlier in his career, he worked on films with directors Woody Allen, Robert Benton and Penny Marshall - his first job in the film business was as a production assistant on the movie When Harry Met Sally. He is represented by William Morris Endeavor.
Susan Bedusa is an award-winning producer whose most recent films include BISBEE ’17, BREWMASTER, KATE PLAYS CHRISTINE and DRUNK STONED BRILLIANT DEAD. Her 14 feature docs have all premiered at top festivals including Sundance, Berlin, Tribeca, Hot Docs, Edinburgh and SXSW and have enjoyed US and international theatrical releases as well as runs on premium cable, global television and all of the streaming platforms. Susan is Senior Vice President of Production & Development at 4th Row Films, where she produces films from development through distribution. Recently named one of DOC NYC’s 40 Under 40, Susan began her career working for producers Amy Robinson and Bob Balaban before becoming Director of Development for Fine Line Features founder, Ira Deutchman. She grew up working and watching movies at her parents’ arthouse theater, SoNo Cinema, in Connecticut.
Selma Miriam and Noel Furie met in 1972 at a chapter meeting of NOW, the National Organization for Women. At the time, both were housewives and raising children in Connecticut, but soon after discovering feminism, the women’s movement and each other’s friendship, Selma and Noel found their place in the world. The women left their husbands, and in 1977 opened Bloodroot, a vegetarian restaurant and feminist bookstore, and a safe place for women to gather. Selma and Noel are the authors of six critically acclaimed and well-respected cookbooks in the foodie culture including the groundbreaking The Political Palate. Over the past 40 years, Bloodroot has become a feminist hub, frequented by regulars and special guests including writers such as Adrienne Rich, Catherine McKinnon, Andrea Dworkin and Audre Lorde. The New York Times has called their restaurant a “legendary” feminist enterprise, and Yale has recently acquired their archive. Today Bloodroot is still a successful vegetarian restaurant and feminist bookstore that is a gathering place which welcomes all people regardless of gender, race, age, religion, or political persuasion.
Wednesday, June 3 at 7:30 p.m.
Avon Members $9
General Public $14.50
Students & Seniors $11