The Museum of Modern Art will present The Women’s Film Preservation Fund: Four Experimental Films January 22nd at 7:15pm in its annual festival, To Save and Project. The films by Peggy Ahwesh, Barbara Hammer, Victoria Hochberg, and Sheila Paige were all recently preserved by The Women’s Film Preservation Fund of New York Women in Film & Television. All were made in the 1970’s and 1980’s and carry a common thread of movement towards a future from the past. Some focus on the past to leave it behind, others train their eyes towards the future in reaction to an implicit past. All of the filmmakers will introduce their films.
The program includes: Barbara Hammer’s SISTERS!, 1973, a celebration of lesbians and the possibilities for women in the future; Victoria Hochberg’s METROLINER, 1974-1975, which interweaves archival footage of trains and contemporary footage of a Metroliner journey to serve as both a visual tribute to and a social history of train transportation; Peggy Ahwesh’s DOPPELGANGER, 1987, a vérité portrait of her German born friend, Renate, who reveals through memories and keepsakes, stories of hardship, violence, sadness, and even beauty, in her past; and Sheila Paige’s WOMEN’S HAPPY TIME COMMUNE, 1972, an improvised narrative about a motley crew of young and middle-aged women, who leave their former, constricted lives behind to form a commune without men in the Old West.
The 15th edition of MoMA’s annual international festival of newly preserved films, To Save and Project, features a diverse selection of titles from Asia, Europe, Africa, Latin America, Australia, and the US, in formats ranging from 16mm to Cinerama.
Tickets go on sale on January 8th: please visit: https://www.moma.org/calendar/events/3951?locale=en
For more information on To Save and Project please visit: https://www.moma.org/calendar/film/3908?locale=en