Getting ready to head off to the Turin Lesbian & Gay Film Festival in a few weeks where I will be presenting a bunch of film prints from my archive. The programmers have been wonderful and the program description (in adorable awkwardly translated English) is so spectacular and flattering I just had to show it off here. From the festival website:
TRIBUTE TO JENNI OLSON’S ARCHIVE San Francisco lands in Turin: “Da Sodoma a Hollywood – 22nd International Gay&Lesbian Film Festival” will be pleased to host, from 19th to 26th of April 2007, one of the most famous American critic and director, Jenni Olson. Our festival will dedicate a tribute to the rich and fascinating queer-oriented movie archive that Olson created and still creates with much passion since years. Our attention had already been focused on this author in past with Homo Promo, Neo Homo Promo and Trailer Camp, three collections concerning queer community, which elected her as an icon through years. Finally, last year she presented with success The joy Of Life in Turin, in Voice Over section.
So, this year we’ll focus our interest in her archive work in a section created by Ricke Merighi with the collaboration of Jenni herself. This tribute will include six lesbian themed movies, directed between the sixties and the nineties and selected by her massive archive: in this program will stand out both big titles, such as The Killing of Sister George by Robert Aldrich and That Tender Touch by Russell Vincent, and still unknown pictures for Italian audience.
It was the season finale of The L Word tonight and I have to say I found it incredibly moving to see the fabulous 17 Reasons sign functioning as the central prop -- as though it had come back from the grave (like Dana). Check out my full report on the history of the sign and some backstory about how it ended up on The L Word, on the OurChart.com website (which crashed in classic form as droves of fans logged on overwhelming the servers at the conclusion of the show).