Thank You and Good Night
With Jan Oxenberg in person!
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 13 AT 7:00PM
Tickets Available DAY OF at Box Office
Featuring director, producer, editor, and screenwriter Jan Oxenberg in person!
Continuing our 30th anniversary celebration, Lesbian Looks is thrilled to welcome Jan Oxenberg to present 4K restorations of two of her classic films.
A lost-and-found revelation from indie film and TV maverick Jan Oxenberg is a docu-fantasy narrative focused on the filmmaker’s hilarious, messy, Jewish family as they prepare to say goodbye to someone they love. Narrated by a cardboard cutout of Oxenberg’s scowling child self, Thank You and Good Night takes us on a journey through the proceedings, attempting to defeat death and never say goodbye. An early Sundance hit but virtually unseen for decades, this new restoration offers an opportunity to discover a wildly innovative, lost masterwork of documentary filmmaking: a singular, uncategorizable exploration of the meaning of life, death, and the tangled stuff that is a family. In this poignant, hilarious, and complex reflection on letting go, Oxenberg transforms personal tragedy into universally resonant art that is now claiming its rightful place as a classic of independent cinema. (Dir. by Jan Oxenberg, 1991, USA, 83 mins., NR)
The program opens with Oxenberg’s 1973 short HOME MOVIE. Using home movie footage and her trademark talent for parody, Oxenberg gives herself a cheerful lesbian childhood: “The thing I liked best about being a cheerleader was being with the other cheerleaders.”
Jan Oxenberg is an independent filmmaker turned television writer. Her film Thank You and Good Night screened at the Sundance film festival and was released theatrically in 1992. She went on to be a writer/producer on TV series including Parenthood, Pretty Little Liars, Cold Case, and many more. On the ABC series Nothing Sacred, Oxenberg wrote the first prime time episode on which a main character had an abortion since Maude and on Relativity, she wrote the first network series lesbian kiss! She won Planned Parenthood’s Margaret Sanger Award for an episode of Cold Case featuring a woman associated with the “underground railroad” Jane, an organization which helped women get safe abortions. Oxenberg is currently developing her own TV series, Jerry’s World and serves on the Board of Directors of the Writer’s Guild Foundation.
This is a rental of The Loft Cinema, presented by Lesbian Looks.