A Provincetown Herstory

April 17, 2011 12:15 am0 comments



 On Sunday, April 24 at 2:30 pm, The Provincetown Public Library is proud to present the world premiere of the one hour film,

A Provincetown Herstory. This film represents a unique chapter in both women’s history and in that of the town.


Accompanied by first-hand accounts, archival photos, video, news clippings, postcards and artwork, the film recounts stories from the lives of women who lived in Provincetown year round from the late 1800’s through the 1940’s. These ordinary yet extraordinary women raised their families, worked in shops, guest houses, restaurants, and the fish packing industry and survived two world wars and the Depression.


The Director, Catherine Russo, who is particularly drawn to the making of oral history film, has captured on reel for the first time a story that needed to be told. She explains that “there is much material on the fishermen and the artists of Provincetown, but very little on the women who held the town together for everyone.” There are people in town remaining who can testify to the lives of their mothers and grandmothers. Two interviewees, Frances Medieros and Mary P. Roderick who relate their stories in the video, are especially poignant as these women are no longer alive. Catherine added, “They are good examples of the lives of Portuguese women during this period.” Other women emigrated from Nova Scotia to Provincetown and George Bryant talks about these women who arrived with his grandmother and mother.

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The Screen , Gen Silent

February 15, 2011 9:13 pm0 comments

In Stu Maddox’ documentary Gen Silent, an unpleasant reality is explored. No one wants to think about it, but the simple fact is everyone on this planet shares one thing in common – we are all aging. And with aging, comes the inevitable slate of decisions that need to be made as vibrant lives complete their final chapters.
Gen Silent looks specifically at how aging impacts the GLBT community, focusing on three longtime couples and one single transgender woman as they make end-of-life decisions. It begins with Lawrence and Alexander, a couple who have been together for 38 years, the last 10 of which have been apart, with Alexander in a nursing home facility, due to Parkinson’s dementia. The pair demonstrates the same kind of love and concern that any straight couple would in a similar situation, but there is the added complication of how their relationship will be seen by the staff of the nursing home.

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