Cineprobe: The Films of Alexis Rafael Krasilovsky


Location: Theatre Vanguard
9014 Melrose Avenue , Los Angeles, California 90069

Day: Tuesday


After the screening Ms. Krasilovsky will discuss her work with the audience, and will present selections of her film related poetry. Alexis Krasilovsky has been making films since graduating from Yale's first class of women in 1971. Her films have been shown in colleges, porno houses and museums throughout the United States. She organized the International Women's Film Festival at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, December 1975, and has written for Artforum, Variety and Women & Film. 'To understand the image of women in film...(you have to) go back... to see how the film production process has formed cultural types for economic reasons... When Edison first developed motion picture invention... his primary concern was to create a market for his illuminated boxes. The strips of film became important when the delightful antics of women belly-dancing and taking off their clothes could keep the male viewers from thinking too hard about the rampant piracy of the camera technology....''From the actresses points of view, it has remained practically impossible even for those desiring to develop and use the power and the extra-curricular talent to change their own roles, to accomplish more than get themselves a paying job. As Kathleen Nolan, First Vice President of the Screen Actors Guild, has stated: How can I say I won't do those sexist parts if nothing else is being done?' Cineprobe is supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Federal Agency in Washington D.C. [Source: Theatre Vanguard Program Notes, 1976]