OPENS 22 SEP, 2016
Having screened both at Sundance and the Berlin Film Festivals, Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato’s (Inside Deep Throat, The Eyes of Tammy Faye) compelling and candid documentary examines the career of one of America’s greatest and most controversial photographers. Seen through the prism of the culture wars between America’s Christian right and the National Endowment of the Arts, what emerges is a balanced and powerful document on the power of artistic expression and the devastating legacy of HIV/AIDS.
“I was tumbling through Tumblr, one of my favourite places on the internet to discover history’s lesser-known muses and there, on page thirty-something of my browsing, I stopped at a photograph of an androgynous woman taken by Marianne Breslauer, a name unfamiliar to me. As I began googling her work, my screen was soon taken over by black and white images revealing her captivation with the elegant 1930s tomboy style, which was finding its niche right around the time Marianne had decided to pick up a camera.
Marianne’s career as a photographer was a very short one and she left behind only a small photographic body of work, created in between 1928 and 1938. She was born in Berlin in 1909 and travelled to Paris at the dawn of the 1930s where she briefly became a pupil of Man Ray. When she returned to Germany, her photographs were published in several leading magazines, but she would soon have to confront the anti-Semitic practices that were coming into play in her home country. Her employers wanted to continue publishing her avant-garde photos, but under a pseudonym to hide her Jewish background.”
Source: Messy Nessy