Sunday, August 17, 2008, 7:00pm
At the American Film Institute
Mark Goodson Screening Room
2021 North Western Ave. (at Franklin)
Free parking in the AFI lot
Los Angeles Filmforum presents
Susan Mogul with her new film Driving Men
Susan Mogul in person, plus free wine & birthday cake reception after the screening!
For reservations, email us the name and the number in your party.
Filmforum is delighted to host world-renowned video artist Susan Mogul with the North American Premiere of Driving Men (2008, 68 min)
For this special event, Filmforum will be changing to a new location, the Mark Goodson Screening Room on the campus of the American Film Institute. There will be a free wine and cake reception in honor of Mogul’s birthday after the screening.
The world premiere of Driving Men was at the Nyon International Film Festival in Switzerland and screened in the prestigious International Competition. Mogul’s hilarious and poignant feature length film appears to be a personal story, yet it explores universal issues: the relationships between fathers and daughters, men and women, politics, sex, love, and Jewishness.
Sassy, iconoclastic, and never-married, Los Angeles filmmaker Susan Mogul rides shotgun with ex-lovers, almost lovers, three brothers and her Dad, in a road movie turned inside out. Conversations with each driving man- a pornographer, tuba player, TV critic, long haul truck driver, and more – are catalysts to reflect upon the past and comment about the present.
The point of departure for her journey is a car accident when Mogul lost her first love in 1969. This tragedy haunts the film. Yet, as this multi-layered story about her relationships unfold, it is clear that Mogul’s loss, at the age of twenty, was the inspiration for her long time love affair with the camera.
Raucous anecdotes about her contentious relationship with Dad, the protagonist, and, her provocative video art from the past, are woven through this episodic and experimental film. The pieces of Mogul’s life accumulate and merge into the tale of a woman who, at the age of 58, comes to terms with her father, and, to her amazement finds love and intimacy in the course of filming Driving Men.
The film features a variety of men who have been prominent in the Los Angeles art and music scenes for many years, including Bill Roper, tuba player extraordinaire; artists Pierre Picot and Barry Markowitz; award-winning X rated filmmaker Ed DeRoo; former Los Angeles Times Television critic Howard Rosenberg; and historian David N. Myers.
The trailer for Driving Men can be found on Susan Mogul’s home page.
Susan Mogul mixes and blurs genres – autobiography, documentary and ethnography – to create dramatic and poetic narratives out the everyday. Turning her barbed wit both inwards and outwards this pioneering video artist, reflects on women’s private and public lives. Her films have screened on television, museums, and film festivals, nationally and internationally. A Guggenheim recipient, Mogul has been funded by ITVS, NEA, Getty Trust, and nominated for a Rockefeller. A retrospective of her film and video work will be presented in 2009 at Visions du Reel, a documentary festival in Nyon, Switzerland. Her video art was featured in 2008 at the Getty Museum in “California Video.” Her filmography is below. More information can be found on Susan’s website.
Also available upon request at the screening is the article “Susan Mogul: A Work in Progress,” by James M. Moran, in the Los Angeles Filmforum catalogue Scratching the Belly of the Beast: Cutting Edge Media in Los Angeles, 1922-94.
Credits- Driving Men
Director, Producer, Writer, Cinematographer, Editor – Susan Mogul
Featuring: Barry Markowitz, Ed De Roo, Pierre Picot, Sandy Mogul, Jess Mogul, Mark Mogul,
Eric Martin, Howard Rosenberg, William Roper, Ron Schneck, David N. Myers, Gene Mogul
Executive Producer – Michael Mayer
Additional Editing – Elise Ludwig
Creative Consultant – David Zeiger
Susan Mogul Filmography
Producer/ Director/ Writer/ Cinematographer/ Editor on all projects listed
* SING, O BARREN WOMAN (2000, 11 min.)
* I STARE AT YOU AND DREAM (1997, 60 min.)
* EVERYDAY ECHO STREET; A SUMMER DIARY (1993, 30 min.)
* DEAR DENNIS, (1988, 4 min. )
* TAKE OFF, (1974, 10 min.)
* DRESSING UP, (1973, 7 min.)