Those We Lost – Film

We posted yesterday about some of the luminaries from the music world who died in 2016. Today we feature those from film.

Carrie Fisher in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."

From The Force Awakens.

No matter how I go, I want it reported that I drowned in moonlight, strangled by my own bra.

-Carrie Fisher

NOTE: After I wrote this word came down that Carrie Fisher (born 1956) died following a massive heart attack while on a flight from England to Los Angeles. I’ve got to say that Carrie Fisher was one of my childhood idols (I wanted to be Princess Leia) and her message of girl power and overcoming personal demons to succeed is so inspiring to me and so many of the women (and men) I’ve interviewed as part of this project. I’m heartbroken that her wit won’t be a part of our world going forward – and I’m thankful that she was here to share her talents with us.

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I don’t want my life to imitate art, I want my life to be art.

January – Alan Rickman (born 1946)

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Talent is an accident of genes – and a responsibility.

You’ll always be Severus to me.

February – Amelia Bence (born 1914)

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Amelia Bence, c. 1945

The Argentinian actress was known as one of her country’s “divas” (in a good way) in what was known as “The Golden Age of Argentinian Cinema.”

I think I caught my dream. I wanted to be an actress and I was. And this dream will never end … I am of a generation of actresses and actors who made themselves in an adventure of cinema and theater, that dreamt and created poets, madmen and bohemians.

-From her 2011 memoir, with Raúl Etchelet

March -Nancy Reagan (born 1921)

1981 Inaugural Parade. White House Photographic Office.

1981 Inaugural Parade. White House Photographic Office.

A woman is like a tea bag, you can not tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.

April – Doris Roberts (born 1925)

Doris Roberts with Joan Rivers on the set "Rabbit Test," 1978.

Doris Roberts with Joan Rivers on the set “Rabbit Test,” 1978.

I’m learning something all the time. That’s the way I want it to go, and that’s the way I’ll go until I am no longer on this planet.

May – Rita Renoir (born 1934)


The actress was also one of the most famous strip-tease artists of the Crazy Horse salon. Here, she performs one of her acts in the film “Mondo di Notte” (1960).

June -Theresa Saldana (born 1954)

Teresa Saldana in "Victims for Victims: The Theresa Saldana Story."

Teresa Saldana in “Victims for Victims: The Theresa Saldana Story.”

Saldana survived a murder attempt by a stalker in 1982, and founded the organization “Victims for Victims.”

People were wary about my playing myself. They were waiting to see if I would flip out, get hysterical and have to be taken to the funny farm. I don’t think you’re ever the same again. I’m more cautious. I have security. I live a private life. I have an unlisted number. I don’t think a victim is ever the same after an attack like that.

-Interview with the Washington Post

July – Garry Marshall (born 1934)

Garry Marshall and Marlon Thomas in a publicity still from "That Girl," ABC Television,

Garry Marshall and Marlon Thomas in a publicity still from “That Girl,” ABC Television,

I started as a journalist actually. I graduated from Northwestern Medill School of Journalism and with my degree discovered, once out in the real world, I wasn’t very good at it. And I wasn’t really that good at being a musician. And then I tried being a standup. I was an actor. I was a photographer. I tried everything. Nothing was particularly working for me, but then, as a musician, I wrote jokes for comics. And they started to buy my jokes, and that’s where I thought maybe that might work.

-Interview with Terry Gross, Fresh Air

August – Kenny Baker (born 1934)

Kenny Baker as R2-D2

Kenny Baker as R2-D2

They act as though I’m the star, but it’s R2 who is the real star – I just happen to be the one bringing him to life.

-Interview with the Guardian

September – The Lady Chablis (born 1957)

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Transgender actress The lady Chablis (born Brenda Day Knox) with John Cusack in “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.”

I said, ‘Ooooo, Chablis. That’s nice. I like that name.’ And Mama said, ‘Then take it, baby. Just call yourself Chablis from now on.’ So ever since then, I’ve been Chablis.

From “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, John Berendt

October – Alina María “Cachita” Hernandez (born 1970)

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Cachita, also known as Alina Maria Hernandez, as seen on Univision.

Cachita is a beloved character. I revealed my identity (as a transgender actress), my way of thinking and my sexuality because she is a comic character. But I do believe that everyone has the right as a human being to reserve his or her intimate life.

-vivalariviera.com

November – Florence Henderson (born 1934)

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I think one of the reasons why the show [has] never been off the air in this country and it’s in over 122 countries around the world … was our chemistry. We all just kind of loved each other.

-Good Houskeeping

December – Zsa Zsa Gabor (born 1917)

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When in trouble, take a bath and wash your hair.

#restinpeace

Tomorrow we’ll remember those from the world of fashion and art.

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Screenings and Travel

Yesterday was all about our feature on Colorado Public Radio. We headed down to the studios to talk about the film and our upcoming screenings.

And we did this little pre-record right before we went in.

Bang Bang Von Loola on Pin Up! The Movie from TaylorCatProductions on Vimeo.

But I thought a calendar would be interesting so you can see what we’re up to in the coming weeks and months.

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Confirmed

  • July 9, 2pm. Tiki Kon, Portland, OR. We’ll be part of the Music and Symposium series there. Tickets ARE spendy ($63), but it includes three days of entertainment. And the screening includes a conversation with some of our behind-the-scenes crew and the models who are in our interactive documentary.
  • July 22, 7:15pm. Comic-Con International, San Diego, CA. There are two ways to see us at Comic-Con. The first is to have a badge for Comic-Con, and they’ve been sold out since last year. The second is to get our red carpet package on our Seed&Spark. You can walk the red carpet with us, plus get some drinks afterwards with the cast and crew.
  • August 21. SexhibitionUK, Manchester, England. Perfect spot. And maybe we’ll see Ria Fend there????

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Location Confirmed, but No Date Yet

  • Denver, September 2016. Drive in theater screening, you say? Benefit for Pin Ups For Charity, you say? Sign us up!
  • Florida, Fall 2016. We really want to do a double date with our friend at Art of the Pin Up Girl – and they do too! We’re talking late fall or early winter because, well, we may be wanting to escape snow in our neck of the woods then!
  • St. Louis, MO, Fall 2016. We’ve got a great group of pin up gals there who are organizing to bring a screening to town.
  • Texas, Fall, 2016. We’re in talks with some friends in El Paso to have a screening there – and we hear that the movie theater is FABULOUS.
  • Sweden, July 2017. We’re working with the brains behind Pinups and Kustoms to arrange a screening or two in Scandinavia.
  • Australia, 2017. Ditto with the folks at Adore Pin Up. Can’t wait for our first trip down under!
  • Mexico, 2017. Ditto (again) with the folks at Risque Pinups. It’ll be a fiesta with car clubs and vintage fans!

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We’ve also submitted to the following film festivals. This is always a crap shoot, but we HAVE had luck with the comic con genre (batting 1000, as they say in baseball).

 

 

Thank You, Part Two

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Such a great surprise to see how Big House Los Angeles Entertainment Festival is sharing and promoting its past winners. Including little old us, the best documentary at Women Up Indy Film Festival.

We’re reminded of the words of Bang Bang Von Loola on something lovely happening to you (as heard in the film):

It’s always better when it’s unexpected…

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And we had such a great time there we just couldn’t help sharing our world premiere red carpet photos again.

From left: Pinup Little Bit, Big House LA's Moises Granados, and Ashleeta.

From left: Pinup Little Bit, Big House LA’s Moises Granados, and Ashleeta.

From left: Mitzi Valenzuela, Ashleeta, Bang Bang Von Loola, Miss Emilie, Leslye Rox, Miss Rockwell De Vil and Sydney Ralston (with slurpee).

From left: Mitzi Valenzuela, Ashleeta, Bang Bang Von Loola, Miss Emilie, Leslye Rox, Miss Rockwell De Vil and Sydney Ralston (with slurpee).

Miss Emilie, derby girl and pin up extraordinaire.

Miss Emilie, derby girl and pin up extraordinaire.

From left: director Kathleen M. Ryan, photographer Mitzi Valenzuela and pin ups Pinup Little Bit and Erica Vaughn at our world premiere.

From left: director Kathleen M. Ryan, photographer Mitzi Valenzuela and pin ups Pinup Little Bit and Erica Vaughn at our world premiere.

Pin Up Belle Bee at the Pin Up! The Movie premiere.

Pin Up Belle Bee at the Pin Up! The Movie premiere.

From left: Ashleeta, Eva, Ziegfield Sydney Ralston, Carolin vonPetzholdt (director, "The Boom Boom Girls"), and Kathleen M. Ryan on the red carpet at Big House LA.

From left: Ashleeta, Eva, Ziegfield Sydney Ralston, Carolin vonPetzholdt (director, “The Boom Boom Girls”), and Kathleen M. Ryan on the red carpet at Big House LA.

With Mitzi & Co and some of her models at the official after party for Pin Up! The Movie.

With Mitzi & Co and some of her models at the official after party for Pin Up! The Movie.

Help us do more of this. Follow or back us on Seed & Spark.

Your Week In Pin Up Edition 36: The Video Edition

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Videos, Videos and More Videos

Because we did have our Colorado premiere this weekend…


Like from K Von Spun

#WomenEmpoweringWomen


Or From the Gals at Pin Ups For Charity

At the 1940s Ball.


Or When We Judged a Pin Up Contest

#FacebookLive


Or From Our New Trailer

Pin Up! The Movie New Trailer Teaser from TaylorCatProductions on Vimeo.

Yes, it’s a teaser. Support us on Seed&Spark to see the whole thing.


Then There’s This GIF

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*SWAK*

Our Schedule

June 18th

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  • noon-3pm: Pin Ups for Charity Car Show, as part of the 1940s Ball Weekender. We’re judging the pin up contest – and the winner will be cast in a role in our online interactive documentary.
  • 4pm-???: 1940s Ball. Come see us at the Pin Ups for Charity booth – and meet film stars Dapper Dan Doll and Delicious Ruckus, as well as i-doc star Ruby Red Pinup. Everything we sell benefits our Seed&Spark. #BeABacker

June 19th

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  • Oh, just a little thing like our Colorado premiere. 10:15 am. Did we mention that it’s also Father’s Day?  Hmm, last minute gift anyone?

#comeseeme

No, this isn’t an ad inserted by WordPress. It’s an inside joke… watch ’til the end and you’ll get it too.

#UntoldStory Films to Check Out

What’s so gratifying in this Untold Story crowdfunding rally over on Seed&Spark are the remarkable other films we’re up against. This isn’t the beauty pageant “Oh, any one of these ladies could win” false sincerity. This is serious a list of documentaries that I’m hoping to see either streaming, on cable, or in the theaters.

The Great Flip Off tells the story of the last bareback stunt riders at the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus. While eliminating animals from the circus is a good thing (particularly wild animals), these horses and their riders are finding it’s one last chance for their sport (yes, it’s a sport). We backed this film.

The Girls of Summer is about female baseball (not softball) teams. It’s like A League of Her Own, but in the 21st century. We love the fact that girls play hardball… and backed them because of it.

We’ve told you before about our love for In the Footsteps of Texas Guinan. If you aren’t supporting this film do!!!! It’s about a silent film star turned speakeasy and nightclub owner who died at the young age of 39. It’s an amazing story that should be told.

Punk rock music in Indonesia. Need I say more? The film A Punk Daydream tells the story of this fascinating subculture, aiming to do what the best documentaries do – bring us to a world we didn’t know existed.

Social activism is a strong part of the documentary tradition – and so enter Building the American Dream. The film tells the story about construction workers, specifically the undocumented workers who make up half of the construction workforce in Texas.

Five films worth a follow. Well, six if you count us. Head over to Seed&Spark and #BeABacker – you can support just by following the film’s story or by giving cash.

 

Your Week in Pin Up Issue 32: The It’s All About the Photos Edition

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Photos. Photos. Photos. (and Comic Con).


Girls of Summer.

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Baseball, anyone? This photo of Ruby Rydell blew up our Instagram. 958 1,101 likes and counting.


From Our Music Video.

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The decisive moment.


Oregon Screening.

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Thanks, Samantha Toda for sharing these photos on Twitter.

Director Kathleen Ryan and musician Devin "Gatsby" James.

Director Kathleen Ryan and musician Devin “Gatsby” James.


Palm Springs at Midnight

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Shot only with the light of the full moon. Gorgeous. By Tom Blachford Photography.


Oh, and Did We Mention We Got Into Comic Con??????

FESTIVALS

DYING.


This GIF.

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*SWAK*

Your Week in Pin Up Issue 30: The We’re Back On Track Edition

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Birthdays. Prince. And Body Positivity.


Hello Audrey!

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Audrey Hepburn’s birthday was last week. She would have been 87 years old. But her look never goes out of style.


Picture, Perfect?

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Okay, maybe not so much. But you gotta love this gal who’s recreating all those silly poses you see models do.

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The surfboard is so me.

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Via Viral Feeds.


Pin Up Power

Kandy K – mother, makeup artist and stylist. From Bored Panda.

Kandy K – mother, makeup artist and stylist. From Bored Panda.

We reposted a blog from Bored Panda about the power of pin up on our Facebook and it went THROUGH THE ROOF.

Because, pin up.


Hello, Fifi!

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This body positive activist got the MOST WEEKLY VOTES EVER in our #iwannabeastar contest over on Instagram.

Because, Fifi von Tassel.


This GIF.

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Because, Prince.

*SWAK*

Your Week (month) in Pin Up Issue 29: The We Got a Bit Behind Edition

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The Month of Travel Did Us In. So Sue Us.


Ethnografilm in Paris

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Aside from Paris, seeing how kids artistically interpreted our films was the best.

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Or the couches in the cinema.

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Student Screening.

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Dapper Dan Doll, Delicious Ruckus, Maria Elena Buszek and your director all attended a meet and greet with students at the College of Media Communication and Information at the University of Colorado Boulder.


Palm Beach International Film Festival

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Where we got to meet the folks from Art of the Pin Up Girl.

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#swoon


Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend

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Where we got to meet you.

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And Elvis.

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And take some killer photos.

#doubleswoon


This GIF

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Because you can’t get enough Bettie.


*SWAK*