A film by Beth B

2016 / 70 minutes

Screening will be introduced by artist Joan Snyder and followed by a Q&A with artist Ida Applebroog and director Beth B.

This deeply personal portrait of acclaimed New York–based artist
Ida Applebroog was shot with mischievous reverence by her filmmaker daughter, Beth B. Born in the Bronx to Orthodox Jewish émigrés from Poland, Applebroog, now in her 80s, looks back at how she expressed herself through decades of drawings and paintings, as well as her private journals. With her daughter’s encouragement, she investigates the stranger that is her former self, a woman who found psychological and sexual liberation through art. As Beth B finds a deeper understanding of her mother as a human being, Applebroog shares a newfound appreciation for her own provocative work. –MoMA Doc Fortnight

CALL HER APPLEBROOG had its World Premiere at MoMA’s Doc Fortnight on February 26, 2016.

Beth B is an interdisciplinary artist working in narrative, documentary and experimental films, videos, media, photography and sculpture installations for museums, galleries, public art spaces, theaters and television. Beth B’s career has been characterized by work that challenges society’s conventions, and that focuses on recasting and redefining concepts relating to the mind and body.

Beth B exploded onto the New York underground scene in the late ‘70s, after receiving her BFA from the School of Visual Arts in 1977, creating installation art works and directing Super-8 films. Controversial and political in approach and content, these breakthrough films, such as Black Box, Vortex, and The Offenders, were shown at Max’s Kansas City, CBGB’s, the New York Film Festival and the Film Forum. These and more recent films have also been shown at, and acquired by, the Whitney Museum and MoMA. Her early films, along with those of Jim Jarmusch and Amos Poe, are the focus of the documentary, Blank City. Her films and artwork have been the subjects of several books and other documentaries, including The Cinema of Transgression; Art, Performance, Media; and No Wave: Underground 80. She is one of the featured artists included in the new book, Live the Art: Jeffrey Deitch (2014). Her seminal video, The Dominatrix Sleeps Tonight, is currently showing at the Museum of Modern Art in the exhibition, Designing Modern Women 1890-1990. (for full bio, click here)


Saturday, May 21, 2pm
Upstate Films Woodstock
132 Tinker Street
Woodstock, NY


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Beth B Director Beth B

Ida Applebrook

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