Jodie: An Icon

A film by Pratibha Parmar

England | 1996 | 24 minutes | Color | 16mm/DVD | Order No. 99475

SYNOPSIS

Jodie is a fast paced, breezy look at the transatlantic phenomenon that has made Hollywood actress Jodie Foster an icon for lesbians who identify with, adore and celebrate the screen personas of her remarkable career. Fans and queer cultural critics share their favorite ‘iconic’ moments giving illuminating lesbian readings of Foster’s key films which trace the charismatic actor’s progression from early tomboy parts as a child star to mature performances depicting active, strong willed women with attitude. Die hard Foster fans like comedienne Lea de Laria’s comment that “If I was Hannibal Lecter, it wouldn’t be her liver I’d want to eat,” express the desire and lust shared by Foster’s lesbian fans around the world. The film captures the Jodie Foster look alike contest in San Francisco and a visually slick montage of views on Foster’s butch femme indeterminacy all help to confirm Foster’s status as a dyke icon.

PRESS

“The real stars in this valentine to Foster are the critics, filmmakers, and just plain movie-goers for whom her star image has been so formative. Foster ought to be pleased with her supporting role.”

Patricia White Swarthmore College

SCREENING HIGHLIGHTS AND AWARDS

  • Berlin Film Festival
  • Denver Film Festival
  • NY, LA and SF Int’l Lesbian and Gay Film Festivals
  • South by Southwest Film Festival

ABOUT FILMMAKER(S)

Pratibha Parmar

Filmmaker Pratibha Parmar has an exemplary track record for her passionate commitment to making films with integrity and illuminating untold stories with visual flair and imagination. Her award-winning work has been widely exhibited at international film festivals and broadcast globally. Pratibha’s dedication in bringing complex subjects into mainstream media has helped change the contours of popular discourse on race, feminism, sexuality and creativity.

Pratibha’s credits include A Place of Rage, a documentary film on African-American women and the civil rights movement featuring Angela Davis and June Jordan. The film received international critical acclaim and was named Best Historical Documentary at the National Black Programming Consortium in the U.S. In 1993 Pratibha released her most challenging film Warrior Marks, which documented female genital mutilation at a time when the subject was taboo globally. This award-winning documentary was made in collaboration with the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Alice Walker. Parmar and Walker collaborated on the book Warrior Marks - Female Genital Mutilation and the Sexual Blinding of Women, which documented the making of the film (Jonathan Cape UK, Harcourt Brace US).

Nina’s Heavenly Delights, Pratibha’s multi-award winning narrative feature film debut starring Shelley Conn & Laura Fraser was released theatrically in the UK and US in 2006/7 and nominated for a GLAAD Award.

Author and editor of several books, Pratibha was awarded The Visionary Award for her body of work from the One in Ten Film Festival in October 2007 and is a past winner of the Frameline Film Festival Life Time Achievement Award.

Pratibha’s most recent award winning feature documentary film, Alice Walker: Beauty In Truth tells the compelling story of an extraordinary woman’s journey from her birth in a paper-thin shack in cotton fields of Georgia to her recognition as a key writer of the 20th Century making history as the first African- American woman to win the Pulitzer Prize. Alice Walker: Beauty In Truthtoured film festivals around the world to sell out audiences and positive reviews in 2013. The film was broadcast nationwide in the U.S on the Emmy Award winning series American Masters on PBS in February 2014, kicking off Black History month. The film was also broadcast on BBC Television (UK) and in several European cities. Pratibha is in development with several films including: FURY & TENDERNESS: ANDREA DWORKIN. An innovative feature documentary drama on controversial writer and feminist campaigner Andrea Dworkin. Co-Producers Salon Pictures (Developed with the support of the BFI (British Film Institute). (3/19)

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