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The Work of Shawna Dempsey & Lorri Millan (DVD)



Offering utopic feminist visions and poignant popular culture remixes, the work of Lorri Millan and Shawna Dempsey is a call to action. Oscillating between performance and film, Millan and Dempsey transform the cinema into a politicized viewing space, one in which the patriarchal constraints of traditional cinematic expression and reception are deconstructed. Rendering the invisible, visible, their work brings to light experiences and identities—always present but, by virtue of neglect or exclusion, obscured and pathologized: lesbian life, love, and friendship; women’s bodies and desires, their appetites, their contradictions, their power. This collection offers a selection Millan and Dempsey’s films—new historical accounts, social interventions, and cultural visions—that span their 25 year collaboration and engagement with Winnipeg’s tradition of independent cinema. Artists and activists, mentors and visionaries, Millan and Dempsey’s contributions to this tradition, and the community in which it resides, cannot be overstated.

The DVD features the following work available with curatorial essay by Catherine Bryan:

Good Citizen: Betty Baker (1996)
A Day in The Life of A Bull-Dyke (1995)
Vigilance (2015)
Homogeneity (1998)
We’re Talking Vulva (1990)
Calamity (2001)
Archaeology and You (2003)
Lesbian National Parks and Services: A Force of Nature (2002)
Super (2008)


> > The Home Use DVD is meant for private, home viewing only for individuals.
> > This DVD is not meant to be screened in front of a large group in a workshop, classroom or community setting. Please see below if you wish to screen it publicly.
> > Any form of copying or altering of the format purchased is not permitted.

Thank you for supporting independent filmmakers and respecting their rights for proper compensation for their work. We return 70% of revenues to the artists.

To rent the individual films please contact Video Pool Media Arts Centre / 204-949-9134 x 4


> > This DVD contains artwork and is priced in accordance with market values.
> > This DVD is designed for library and instructional use in a workshop or classroom setting at a university. Circulation to multiple departments, institutions or offices within a jurisdiction is permitted.
> > Any form of copying or altering of the format purchased is not permitted. Please contact us for streaming enquiries.
> > Thank you for respecting the independent artists who made this work.

For more information or if you have any questions or special requests please contact the Distribution Director, Monica Lowe: +1 (204) 925-3456 ext. 103 /

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Weight 140 g

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