Stories from the brainreels guest: Sue Perlgut
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This month’s episode is an interview I recorded for KBOO community radio in Portland on June 24th 2016. It was time sensitive then because my guest and I talked about a survey she made that would be closing on June 30th. Even though that survey’s now closed, I wanted to put this on the podcast because it was such a great conversation with a wonderful artist and mentor of mine, Sue Perlgut. The timing of the podcast makes this a kinda cool triumvirate of feminist yay: Sue talked about the origin of the feminist theater collective movement in the US in 1970, which aired for the feminist radio collective I’m in at KBOO called Bread and Roses. And in between airing on KBOO and releasing it on my podcast, I was invited into the New Day Films film distribution coop to distribute “Who Am I To Stop It” to schools, colleges, and other educational institutions. New Day started in 1971 to support women filmmakers, pretty close in time to Sue’s theater collective and the KBOO feminist collective both starting, and here they’re all converging at once. So yays all around then.
My guest, Sue Perlgut, runs Close To Home Productions. It’s an independent film production company specializing in socially relevant documentaries and web videos. Like me, Sue started in social issue theater before also moving into filmmaking, and the episode starts out with a cute story about how we met. I’ve replayed my first conversation with her countless times over the past 10 years, and it always brings a sense of magic and sweetness.
I hope you’ll check out Sue’s work, from the feminist theater collective days and It’s All Right To Be Woman Theatre to her recent documentary on Connie Cook’s legislative work fighting for women’s rights and equality and decriminalizing abortion in New York State decades ago. You’ll find not all her videos are captioned yet, but like the true activist and self-sufficient feminist artist that she is, she’s teaching herself how to caption them and is getting there step by step.