Neither/Nor: The Gloria Tapes
True/False Eve Kickoff Event: The Gloria Tapes (1980) and The Assistant (2019)
Wednesday, March 4, True/False's Neither/Nor film series and the
University of Missouri's Based on a True Story conference combine forces
for a double feature of Lisa Steele's The Gloria Tapes (1980) and Kitty Green's The Assistant (2020).
The night begins at 5:15pm with a Neither/Nor opening night reception
sponsored by the Missouri Film Office, followed by a 6pm screening
of The Gloria Tapes (the opening night selection of this year's Neither/Nor sidebar) and in-person Q&A with director Lisa Steele. Then, at 8:30pm, we will screen the acclaimed new film The Assistant (the
opening night of the Based on a True Story conference), followed by an
in-person Q&A with director Kitty Green, moderated by inaugural
Neither/Nor curator Eric Hynes. Tickets for The Gloria Tapes and The Assistant will be available at the Ragtag box office beginning at noon on March 4.
is True/False's seventh annual celebration of groundbreaking nonfiction
cinema from the past. Its screenings, which are free and open to the
public, take place True/False weekend. In previous editions of
Neither/Nor, the festival has spotlighted the films of the Black Audio
Film Collective (T/F 2018), the Makhmalbaf family (T/F 2014) and Pirjo
Honkasalo (T/F 2019). This year's Neither/Nor sidebar looks at
Missouri-born artists Lisa Steele, Christopher Harris, Mike Henderson,
and Tom Palazzolo. To kick off the series, Steele -- a Kansas City
native and Toronto-based video art pioneer -- will join us in person on
March 1 for an opening night screening of three of her films, The Gloria Tapes (1980)
and two shorts, "Talking Tongues" and "A Very Personal Story." This
marks the first time any of Steele's work has been exhibited in
Missouri. To celebrate Steele and all the Missouri artists featured in
Neither/Nor, the Missouri Film Office is sponsoring a pre-film reception
from 5:30-6:15pm, during which we will offer wine and beer.
Steele was in her early 20s, she relocated from Kansas City to Toronto.
Starting in 1974, she spent more than a decade working at Interval
House, a women’s and children’s shelter. Drawing from her experiences at
the shelter, she created composite characters for a series of films
that explore their relationship with government systems. One of the most
extraordinary films in this series is The Gloria Tapes (1980, 53
min.), which draws from soap opera convention as it offers a
penetrating look at a woman (played by Steele) navigating the welfare
system. Prior to The Gloria Tapes, we will be exhibiting two
other films from Steele, "A Very Personal Story" (1974, 20 min.), in
which she recounts a startling incident from her teenage years, and
"Talking Tongues" (1982, 11 min.), in which she delivers a monologue as
Beatrice Small, a woman who was abused by her husband.