Dry Kisses Only/War on Lesbians

Two films by Jane Cottis and Kaucyila Brooke

1992 | 100 minutes | Color | VHS | Order No. 99632


Through manipulated film clips, the hilarious commentary of Theory Woman and interviews with the Lesbian on the Street, DRY KISSES ONLY (1990, 75 mins.) explores the lesbian subtext of classical films. Cottis and Brooke reedit Hollywood movies to affirm the validity of lesbian readings of popular culutre and the tenuous truths of gossip. WAR ON LESBIANS (1992, 32 mins.) is a witty critique of the invisibility of positive images of lesbians and a satire of talk show television and radio self-help program. Both films are hilarious tributes to lesbian spectatorship as well as biting critiques of the media, lesbian stereotyping and popular culture.


"A transgressive look at the cultural icons of femininity and feminism made by two people with a serious late-nite cable habit and a good deal of skepticism about the heterosexual bias of feminist film theory."

Catherine Lord


Jane Cottis

Jane Cottis is currently a mentor in the ‘Finding Our Wings' community documentary collective. Within this collaborative group of MICA members and teenage girls from East Baltimore, she has co-produced two short narratives: CICADAS (2010) and EVERYONE LOVES BRIENNA (2012). She has been making and screening videos for over 20 years. Her productions include: 30 DAYS: BIGGEST LOSER? (2009), 20+ YEARS, (2009) IT’S A LESBIAN WORLD AFTER ALL (2006), PENNY WEGMAN (2006), SOROROCIDE (1998), WAR ON LESBIANS(1992) and DRY KISSES ONLY (1990) which have screened nationally and internationally. She has also worked collectively on numerous Paper Tiger Productions.

Jane Cottis has continued building relationships with the main campus of MICA and Mica Place in East Baltimore by joining Viewfinders. Viewfinders is a Photography and Entrepreneurship after school mentor program for 13 to 15 year old teenagers at Mica Place. Cottis has begun teaching them basic college level narrative and documentary skills in a continuation of building bridges between the diverse communities of Baltimore. She has been a video instructor for more than two decades teaching at: the Art Institute of Chicago, the California Institute for the Arts, the University of California San Diego, the University of California Irvine, Otis, Hampshire College and currently MICA. (8/14)

Kaucyila Brooke

Kaucyila Brooke is an artist based in Los Angeles. Her photography and video project The Boy Mechanic (1996 ongoing) was commissioned by the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego (1996) and was shown as a multi channel video installation in the exhibition Video as a Female Terrain at the Steirischerbst 2000, Graz, Austria and as a single channel work installed with photographs in the exhibition Hausordenungen at the Stadthaus, Ulm, Germany (2002) and in a solo show at platform, Berlin, Germany (2004). The Los Angeles Edition of The Boy Mechanic premiered at the City of Los Angeles Artist Fellowship Exhibition in 2005 and was subsequently exhibited with the San Diego Edition at Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig (2006). For the exhibition The Eighth Square at the Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany (2006) she produced a two sided offset poster which documented the sites and former sites of Cologne's lesbian bar history. Most recently she has focused on San Francisco's history for the exhibition California Files at CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art, San Francisco.

She co-produced the videotape DRY KISSES ONLY (1990) which has been screened internationally. She is the former Director of the Program in Photography and Media at CalArts in Los Angeles where she has been a regular member of the faculty since 1992. (8/14)

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