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‘The Ladies Almanack’ Tells Lesbian Literary History on Super 8 Film

'The Ladies Almanack' Tells Lesbian Literary History on Super 8 Film

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The Ladies Almanack

Logline: A kaleidoscopic tribute to the friendships, jealousies, flirtations and publishing woes of lesbian authors and artists in 1920s Paris with lustful and irreverent hints of the present.

Elevator Pitch: 
A contemporary circle of remarkable women tell the stories of their forebears: based on the 1928 novel by Djuna Barnes, a “who’s-who” of lesbian literature. The cast features poet Eileen Myles, cult megastar Guinevere Turner (“The L Word,” “American Psycho”), French philosopher Hélène Cixous, photographer Deborah Bright, and internet activist Fannie Sosa. Over 66 rolls of super 8 film shot on two continents make up this outrageous, funny, and poignant tale about what it means to write as a woman. Teeming with bits of tantalizing herstory, you’ll want to high-tail it to the library straight from the theater!

Production Team:
Screenwriter/ Director/Cinematographer/Producer – Daviel Shy
Producer/Editor – Stephanie Acosta
Producer – Anna Margarita Albelo (“Who’s Afraid of Vagina Wolf?,” “HOOTERS”)
AD/Editor – James Tate
Sound Design – Rory Murphy
Original Soundtrack/Composer – LeCiel

About the Film:
A few years ago I fell in love with a strange old book and all the women it cryptically depicts. I began to research everything I could about these women. I even learned French so I could read their work that had not been translated. Now I’ve turned it into a feature film: “The Ladies Almanack” — a radical remaking of an historic circle of queer female writers. We made it with an all volunteer cast and crew, through the generosity of community support. This is my first feature and I am so excited to share it with the world.

Current Status: Principal photography is complete. Fundraising for post-production, festival and distribution costs.

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