Dykes, Camera, Action!

Dykes, Camera, Action!

Lesbians didn’t always get to see themselves on screen. But between Stonewall, the feminist movement, and the experimental cinema of the 1970s, they built visibility, and transformed the social imagination about queerness. Filmmakers Barbara Hammer, Su Friedrich, Rose Troche, Cheryl Dunye, Yoruba Richen, Desiree Akhavan, Vicky Du, film critic Ruby Rich, Jenni Olson, and others share moving and often hilarious stories from their lives and discuss how they've expressed queer identity through film. Activism, born from the AIDS crisis and the life-affirming need for visibility, is another vital piece of the puzzle. The film explores the beginnings of the dyke march, the first of which many of the filmmakers attended or organized. Like this film, it spoke to the need for spaces dedicated solely to queer women and dykes, lest they risk fading into the background up against the glorious glow of gay men. An essential view of a bygone era that should never be forgotten.
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No physical screenings scheduled.

Direction: Caroline Berler
Cinematography: Melanie McLean Brooks
Editing: Caroline Berler
Sound: Gisela Fullà-Silvestre
Music: Gil Talmi
Actors: Barbara Hammer, Rose Troche, B. Ruby Rich, Su Friedrich, Cheryl Dunye, Yoruba Richen, Vicky Du, Rachel Reichman, Sarah Schulman, Carrie Moyer, Kay Turner, Yvonne Welbon, Janet Baus, Jenni Olson, Lesli Klainberg
Producers: Caroline Berler, Rebecca Benson
Co-producers: Rose Vincelli Gustine
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: USA
Production Year: 2018
Duration: 61'
Contact: Frameline
Awards/Distinctions: Audience Award – OUTshine FF 2018, Emerging Talent Award – L.A. Outfest 2018

Caroline Berler


2015 Luigi's Pizza (short)
2018 Dykes, Camera, Action!
2020 The Renegades (short)