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The LuLu Sessions
A film by S. Casper Wong
US, 2011, 86 minutes, Color, DVD
Order No. W131113
Unlike anyone you've ever met, LuLu is a hard-living, chain-smoking rebel with a tender heart; poet with a potty mouth; farm girl; former cheerleader; world-class biochemistry pioneer; and beloved professor. Aka Dr. Louise Nutter, she has just discovered a new anti-cancer drug when, at 42, she learns she has terminal breast cancer. Reminiscent of Peter Friedman and Tom Joslin’s SILVERLAKE LIFE, THE LULU SESSIONS, via video diary, records the journey S. Casper Wong shared with her mentor, best friend, and on-again-off-again lover over the last 15 months before LuLu died. Her compelling film chronicles how the two women test the limits of their bond and take on life's ultimate adventure, shedding old presumptions and values while adopting new ones in the process. Reflective, intensely honest, and surprisingly humorous, this unforgettable documentary makes life’s last journey accessible in ways rarely seen before on screen.


Reeling 30 - Chicago Lesbian & Gay Intl Film Fest, Audience Award for Best Documentary
San Diego Asian Film Festival, Special Jury Award
DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival, Best Documentary Award

  • Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival
  • Vancouver Queer Film Festival
  • Women Make Waves Film Festival, Taiwan

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    3 1/2 stars..."An intimate documentary...serving as a remarkable example of and testament to the human spirit. Highly recommended."
    Video Librarian

    “The pains, unexpected humor and self reflection expressed by those who experience breast cancer (loved ones as well as patients) are recorded with raw immediacy. ”

    “At its core . . . is a completely unconventional love story—an intimate and deeply personal portrait of two people confronting a terminal illness with honesty, laughter and love.”
    Queer Doc

    "It’s a beautifully stark testimony about the tenacity of love and enduring friendship, and it offers a sort of raw, honest, and, yes, funny, look at mortality."
    Diane Anderson-Minshall
    She Wired

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    The LuLu Sessions is included in the following Special Collections.
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