The historic Utah Theatre in downtown Logan, Utah, will be the venue during National Women’s History Month, March 2020, for multiple films focusing on women: Hidden Figures; On the Basis of Sex; A League of Their Own, and Suffragette.
A special showing of four new animated documentary shorts, UNLADYLIKE2020, that uncover forgotten women in history will take place Friday, March 20, at 5:45 p.m., at the Utah Theatre in downtown Logan. Sandra Rattley, executive producer, director and writer of UNLADYLIKE2020 will be the special guest and will speak about the films’ production, the women featured and answer questions. This program is presented in partnership with PBS Utah.
The evening kicks off with clips from PBS Utah’s film on Martha Hughes Cannon, the first woman to serve as a state senator in the United States. The program begins promptly at 6 p.m. and should conclude by 7:30 p.m.
UNLADYLIKE2020 is an innovative multimedia series featuring diverse and little-known American heroines. The rich biographies of 26 women who broke barriers at the turn of the 20th century in science, business, politics and the arts are brought to life through rare archival imagery and captivating original artwork and animation. Narrated by Julianna Margulies and Lorraine Toussaint, the series of short films will be released weekly on PBS’s flagship biography series American Masters YouTube channel from March 4, through August 26, 2020.
The Logan community has the special opportunity to see four of these episodes for free, several of them prior to their release to the general public. The women profiled include Bessie Coleman, the first African American woman aviator; Ynés Mexía, accomplished Latina botanist; Anna May Wong, trendsetting movie star and fashion icon; and Louise Arner Boyd, the first woman to lead Arctic scientific expeditions.
The film series is the culminating event of a Utah State University symposium, “Voting Rights 1870, 1920, 1965, 2020,” to be held March 19-20 that is also free and open to the public. The symposium and screening are signature events for USU’s Year of the Woman celebration.
An UNLADYLIKE2020 short featuring Cannon will be distributed online on July 29, 2020. Thanks to a successful campaign by Better Days 2020, a statue of Cannon will be installed in August in the Congressional Statuary Hall in Washington, DC.
For the complete film calendar for March 2020, see http://theutahtheatre.org/.
The Voting Rights Symposium schedule is available here: http://history.usu.edu/voting-rights-symposium/index.
More information about UNLADYLIKE2020 can be found here: www.unladylike2020.com.
Major funding for UNLADYLIKE2020 is provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people. Support is also provided by Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Wyncote Foundation, California Humanities, Humanities D.C., Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, Made in New York: Women Film, TV, & Theater Fund, the Harnisch Foundation, Humanities Nebraska, Humanities Montana, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Nebraska Cultural Endowment, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with New York State Council on the Arts, South Dakota Humanities, Virginia Humanities, the Economic Hardship Reporting Project, Utah Humanities, Ohio Humanities, South Carolina Humanities, Humanities New York, JetBlue Foundation, Awesome Without Borders and IFP. Any views expressed in this series do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or other supporters.