• The Washing Society
  • The Washing Society
  • Carolee, Barbara & Gunvor

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The Washing Society

In Person

Through creative juxtapositions of narrative and documentary elements, filmmaker Lynne Sachs and playwright Lizzie Olesker chronicle the disappearing public space of the neighborhood laundromat and the continual, intimate labor that happens there. With a title inspired by a labor organization of African American laundresses formed in 1881, The Washing Society investigates the intersection of history, underpaid work, immigration, and the sheer math of doing laundry. They present a stark yet poetic vision of those whose working lives often go unrecognized. Dirt, skin, lint, stains, money, and time are thematically interwoven into the very fabric of The Washing Society through interviews and observational moments.

FILM DETAILS 
Music
  • Stephen Vitiello
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  • Color
  • Digital
  • 44 mins
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  • Lizzie Olesker
  • Lynne Sachs
Preceded By

Carolee, Barbara & Gunvor

Lynne Sachs, United States, 2018

Portraits of three filmmakers, Carolee Schneeman, Barbara Hammer, and Gunvor Nelson.

FILM DETAILS 
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  • Color
  • Digital
  • 8 mins
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  • Lynne Sachs

Old Digs

Gunvor Nelson, Sweden, 1992

An inner journey through the sights and sounds of Kristinehamn as reflected in its central river.—Steve Anker

FILM DETAILS 
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  • Color
  • 16mm
  • 20 mins
source
  • Canyon Cinema