We received this email from Bob Russell, owner of The Little Theater, after the April 15th screening of the film:
I just wanted to let you know what a wonderful event we had last night with Louise Slaughter – she LOVED the film! As did everyone in attendance. It was a full house of 170 people, including representation from the National Woman’s Hall of Fame, The Susan B. Anthony House and the NYCLU. Louise was wonderful and engaging as always – I was honored to share the stage with her. And she was excited to get a question from you, Jeanmarie. As a gift we had one of the posters we made up framed and presented it to her – she was surprised and thrilled and it is sure to hang in her Washington office! Your film also made a HUGE impression on my 13 year old daughter Madison, who was even hand picked by Louise to ask a question. We also recognized Dan and he was able to ask a question.
I’ve attached a few photos for your enjoyment. Thank you so much for bringing this amazing woman to the big screen!
We are thrilled to report that we have been invited to screen "A Single Woman" in an independent movie theater in New York!Our Theatrical Debut will take place at The Little Theater in Rochester, New York on April 10.th The theater is near both the Susan B. Anthony House and Seneca Falls, the birthplace of the Women’s Movement in the United States.The owner of the theater and his booking agent read about the film and thought it would be a great fit for them The Development Director at The Little Theater worked for many years at the Susan B. Anthony house so she is very excited about the film. The film will run from April 10th through the 16th.New York Congresswoman Louise Slaughter will attend the screening on April 15th and participate in the post-screening "Talkback."This really is great news, as having a theatrical release is rare for small indie films and will help us a great deal with our continuing efforts to market and distribute the film to the widest audience possible!If any of you plan to be in the New York area, or know anyone who is, please let them know.Here's is their announcement about it:
A SINGLE WOMAN BRINGS TOGETHER MANY WOMEN
April 8, 2009
Screening about first female congresswoman brings NY Rep Louise Slaughter to The Little
Rochester, NY – The Little Theatre will host a talkback with United States Congresswoman Louise Slaughter following a screening of A Single Woman on April 15, 2009. A Single Woman is a new film about the life of the first congresswoman, Jeannette Rankin, who was also a founding member of the ACLU and a fervent speaker against war. The film will run at The Little April 10 - 16, 2009.
A Single Woman is about the life of Jeannette Rankin, America’s first Congresswoman and co-founder of the American Civil Liberties Union. A suffragist, peace activist and reformer, Rankin changed the American political landscape forever. Noted for her very first action as a congresswoman in 1916, Rankin set the stage for her destiny when she voted against President Wilson’s WWI resolution. Unabashedly political, occasionally chilling, and entirely unique, A Single Woman illuminates the role of the individual in the American legislative process.
A post-screening talkback will be held following the movie with Bob Russell and Congresswoman Louise Slaughter. “Jeannette Rankin, a courageous leader and suffragist, broke barriers and opened doors for future generations of women,” said Congresswoman Louise M. Slaughter. “I am particularly inspired by this remarkable public servant who walked the halls of Congress before me.”
“Our region is so deeply rooted in the women’s rights movement that I felt this needed to be brought to The Little, so that we celebrate the many women who have changed and created our nation’s history,” says Bob Russell, Executive Director of The Little Theatre. “We are thrilled that Congresswoman Slaughter, a pioneer herself, will be able to come back to Rochester to share in this special celebration.”
Elected in 1986 to represent Western New York in the United States House of Representatives, Congresswoman Louise M. Slaughter (D-NY-28) is the Chairwoman of the influential Committee on Rules, making her the first woman in history to serve in that role. A member of the House Democratic Leadership, she also serves on the prestigious Democratic Steering & Policy Committee. Congresswoman Slaughter holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology and a Master of Science degree in Public Health from the University of Kentucky. Prior to entering Congress, she served in the New York State Assembly (1982-86) and Monroe County Legislature (1976-79). A native of Harlan County, Kentucky, Congresswoman Slaughter has lived most of her life in Rochester, New York's suburb of Fairport. She is married to Robert Slaughter and together they have three daughters and seven grandchildren.
As part of this event, The Little Theatre has partnered with The National Women’s Hall of Fame, The Susan B. Anthony House, The Susan B. Anthony Center for Women’s Leadership at the University of Rochester, and The Genesee Valley Chapter of the New York Civil Liberties Union.
The Little Theatre opened in 1929 and established not-for-profit status in 1998, presenting American independent and foreign films to the greater Rochester community. Screening more than 100 films per year, as well as hosting several annual community film festivals, The Little provides filmmakers, local musicians and fine artists a place to share their visions with a diverse audience and to discuss their work through educational talkbacks. The Little Talkback Series is made made possible through support from the New York State Council on the Arts.
The last few weeks have been amazing in so many ways!
We had overwhelmingly positive response to the film when we screened it in Washington DC at the Capitol Building on October 30th at 3.30pm for Congressional staffers, NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations) and seven members of Jeannette Rankin’s family! Photos will be posted soon. Our profound thanks goes to Congressman Dennis Kucinich and his wonderful aide, Catherine Veith, for facilitating this important event.
While in Washington we shot footage and stills of our experience there, including comments from the Rankin family and great interviews with the library staff of the United States Institute of Peace - whose library is named after Jeannette Rankin!
I will be editing a short film of the Congressional Trip for our DVD extra as I begin the preparations and fundraising necessary to move the film to DVD and make it available to the public.
We also completed editing, producing and duplicating a new four-minute trailer (thanks to Sven Shelgren, Eric Murphy and Shirley Harlan!) which we distributed at the Congressional Screening. We plan to use the new trailer to broaden awareness of the film and as a tool for our upcoming tour. Viviane Hahn, our Outreach Coordinator, is in the process of organizing a college and museum tour of the film and can send this trailer to any such group that may be interested in hosting a screening of the film. You can reach her at: email@example.com
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Thank you, as always, for your support of “A Single Woman.”
With much love,
Maria Armoudian interviews me on KPFK to promote the upcoming screening of "A Single Woman" at the Culver Plaza Theaters on Sunday Sept 21st.
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Lisa Guido, producer of GRITtv sent me an email tonight saying that they decided to run the clip from "A Single Woman" now because
" with all the Palin buzz, we need to hear about a Republican woman we could stand behind!"
From their website:
"Here's a clip from the film "A Single Woman" about a Republican woman we can get behind: Jeannette Rankin. Never heard of her? She was the first woman to hold a seat in Congress and voted against both WWI and WWII. She was not only a Republican, but also a life-long pacifist. "
Click below to watch the entire episode of GRITtv with Laura Flanders
"Each occasion when a woman dares to stand up for who she is and what she believes in, no matter what others might think, is an important contribution towards changing the status of women in the world," say Johanna McCloy and Patricia Howard, editors of website: www.daretobefabulous.com