Sunday December 14, 2008, 7:00 pm
At the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood
Los Angeles Filmforum presents
Susan Mogul’s Driving Men
Susan Mogul in attendance!
The screening of Susan Mogul’s “Driving Men” on Sunday is fully booked
(overbooked, actually) just by reservations. We won’t be able to take
any more reservations. If you choose to come without a reservation,
in case there are no shows, please be aware that you may very well not
If you do have a reservation, please arrive by 6:45 to get your
tickets. We will drop all reservations at 6:45 and sell the available
tickets to those who are present. We will not sell any tickets to
people without reservations until after 6:45. If the line is moving
slowly, we will take care of everyone in the line with reservations
first before selling tickets to anyone without reservations.
Our apologies. We will look into adding another show. Thank you for your enthusiasm for this great film!
Los Angeles Filmforum
Filmforum is delighted to host a return screening of world-renowned video artist Susan Mogul’s latest work Driving Men (2008, 68 min) after our sold out screening in August.
Driving Men, Mogul’s hilarious and heartfelt feature length film, is a multi-layered story that explores universal themes: fathers and daughters, men and women and the choice not to have children; it also strives to become a mirror for others. The world premiere of Driving Men was at the Nyon International Film Festival in Switzerland and screened in the prestigious International Competition.
Sassy, iconoclastic, and never-married, Los Angeles filmmaker Susan Mogul rides shotgun with ex-lovers, almost lovers, 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; Eric Martin, retired professor from Calarts; former Los Angeles Times Television critic Howard Rosenberg; and historian David N. Myers.
“Mogul looks at the men in her life, starting with her tragic first love and ending with a road trip with a new boyfriend forty years later. The often funny video tackles sex, desire, loss, family and the twisted threads of identity, as Mogul ponders being single and fifty. As with all her work, though, Driving Men is very much about a woman with a video camera…Mogul does this with insight, humor and a willingness to stand naked-literally and metaphorically – so that rather than merely being a diary, Driving Men is finally about the challenge of crafting a life.” – Holly Willis, LA Weekly
“Brash and funny and sexy and a bit wistfully intense. Mogul’s men, lovers or friends or relatives, are a wild bunch. From the tragically lost Larry, to Ed the porn prince, to Ray, who had met his father in San Quentin and vanished, to Eric, the handsome aloof older man, to the charming blues freak Ron…I loved the collage of Jewish identity and feminism, intellectual ponderings and let-the-chips-fall-where-they-may sexuality. It’s a great way to (not) write a memoir.” – Lucy Lippard, Writer and Activist
“Driving Men presents middle class Jewish families expectations in a clash with a generation of feminist/artists/activists who now, over fifty, are re-evaluating their choices. The film is unique in its subject and speaks to the unconscious hopes and
fears of a boomer generation. Brilliant!”
– Janis Plotkin, Former Director, San Francisco Jewish Film Festival
“Driving Men teeters charmingly between art-house cinema and Hollywood flick, all the while provoking questions about the slippery nature of identity, memory and subjectivity…This sense of seeking ripples through the hilarity, heartbreak, and homecomings that constitute the events of Driving Men and fluidly stitches questions about the shifting constructs of woman and man, identity and truth, into a poignant love story.” – ARTFORUM
“Utterly original and constantly surprising. Driving Men is impregnated with an honesty that has vanished from today’s films. Loss and identity have been treated many times in cinema, but rarely like this.”
Walter Salles, Director, Central Station and Motorcycle Diaries
* World Premiere: Nyon International Film Festival, International Competition, Switzerland, 2008
*North American Premiere: Los Angeles Filmforum, Los Angeles, 2008
*Kansas International Film Festival, 2008
*Festival dei Popoli, Italy, 2008
*New York Jewish Film Festival at Lincoln Center, 2009
*India International Women’s Film Festival, Calcutta, 2008
*San Francisco Jewish Film Festival at Yerba Buena Center, San Francisco, 2009
* Beldocs, Belgrade, Serbia, 2009
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
Original Music – Wayne Peet
Creative Consultant – David Zeiger
Special thanks to Rhoda Blate Mogul for her 8mm home movies and photographs that are interwoven throughout Driving Men. Her work not only adds texture and dimension to the film, but influenced my own compulsion to make work out of everyday life. – Susan Mogul
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 at http://www.susanmogul.com.
• DRIVING MEN (2008, 68 min.)
• 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.)