Last week, I saw this article pop up on my Twitter feed: http://tinyurl.com/h2fnl43
How exciting! Nancy Savoca, movie director, gave her personal film archives to the University of Michigan's Mavericks and Makes Indie Film Collection. Other film notables include Orson Welles and Robert Altman. Great company. For those of you unfamiliar with Nancy Savoca, she directed 24 Hour Woman, True Love, and the HBO Mini-series If These Walls Could Talk.
This archival addition is really welcome news. Nancy Savoca was the subject of my first SWAN day back in 2009, when I began working with Jan Lisa Huttner, film critic extraordinare. We wanted to screen her work 24 Hour Woman with Rosie Perez, a comedy about a woman trying to have it all. It proved foundational to WITASWAN (Women in the Audience Supporting Women Artists Now) and SWAN Day. Read here on Jan Lisa Huttner's blog: http://www.films42.com/witaswan.asp#_born
The idea for SWAN Day events was that we'd screen the film and then have the director talk about her work and answer a Q&A. We couldn't screen it because we couldn't find a copy to screen in the theater. We even appealed to Nancy Savoca and she said that she didn't have a master copy (or whatever you call the reel version of a film). What a reminder about why SWAN Day and all these efforts to support women in the arts are so important. So it really warms my heart that Nancy Savoca's personal film archive will be available for future generations.
And for those of you who wondered, we ended up screening True Love and had a great event with Nancy Savoca. So all was not lost.
And now, you can watch it at home here: http://gowatchit.com/movies/twenty-four-hour-woman-13319