Fri, Mar 15|
Film Biographies of Liberation: THE DISAPPEARANCE OF SHERE HITE
Our GRRLS TO THE FRONT series continues! Shere Hite's 1976 bestseller liberated the female orgasm by revealing the private experiences of thousands of anonymous survey respondents, findings that rocked the establishment and presaged current conversations about gender, sexuality, and bodily autonomy
Time & Location
Mar 15, 2024, 7:00 PM – May 15, 2024, 9:30 PM
Epsilon Spires, 190 Main St, Brattleboro, VT 05301, USA
About the Event
Join us for GRRLS TO THE FRONT, our month-long collaboration with The Stone Church and The Vermont Women's Fund! Doors open 7pm, Introduction and Film begins at 7:30pm.
The Disappearance of Shere Hite (2023, 118 mins) by Oscar-nominated director Nicole Newnham (Crip Camp) profiles the groundbreaking sex researcher who soared to success and controversial notoriety in the 1970s, and her mysterious retreat from the public eye.
ABOUT THE DOCUMENTARY:
The Hite Report, a groundbreaking study of the intimate experiences of women, remains #30 of the bestselling books of all time since its publication in 1976. Drawn from anonymous survey responses, the book challenged restrictive conceptions of sex and opened a dialogue in popular culture around women’s pleasure. Its charismatic author, Shere Hite, a feminist sex researcher and former model, became the public messenger of women’s secret confessions. With each subsequent bestseller, she engaged television titans in unforgettably explicit debates about sexuality while suffering the backlash her controversial findings provoked. But few remember Shere Hite today. What led to her erasure? Digging into exclusive archives, as well as Hite’s personal journals and the original survey responses, filmmaker Nicole Newnham (Crip Camp, 2021 Best Feature Documentary Oscar® Nominee, Audience Award Winner: U.S. Documentary, 2020 Sundance Film Festival) transports viewers back to a time of great societal transformation around sexuality. Her revelatory portrait is a rediscovery of a pioneer who has had an unmistakable influence on current conversations about gender, sexuality, and bodily autonomy, as well as a timely, cautionary tale of what too often happens to women who dare speak out.
Free entry to the film for participants of the GRRLS TO THE FRONT workshops at The Stone Church! Please register in advance as spaces are limited. The Mission of GRRLS TO THE FRONT is to create access an opportunity for women and non-binary people in the music industry. To celebrate their accomplishments. To amplify their voices & To connect them with resources and each other. This series was made possible by support from The Vermont Women's Fund.
"Nicole Newnham’s film recoups Hite’s story from the margins of feminist history with both style and substance"- New York Times
"Persuasively makes the case that Hite deserves renewed recognition as a feminist trailblazer, particularly in the still-fraught arena of sexual politics, self-knowledge and liberation."-The Guardian
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DISAPPEARANCE OF SHERE HITE
Admission for one to THE DISAPPEARANCE OF SHERE HITE. Doors for the screening open at 7pm, Introduction and Film begin at 7:30pm. Popcorn & Refreshments will be provided! Bring cash for the bar. Please choose your seating with respect for others and let us know if you require special arrangements. Thank you for your support! Enjoy the program!Price$15.00
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Ticket for one to THE DISAPPEARANCE OF SHERE HITE. General admission is $15. Thanks to a generous grant from the Ben and Jerry’s Foundation, subsidized sliding-scale tickets are available for those who self-identify as experiencing financial hardship. In order to make this program accessible for all, we are offering tickets by sliding scale. Taking equity and inclusion into account, please pay what you can to help support the venue.$
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