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The Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival from the interns' point of view
Friday, April 12, 2019
Written by Mira Moreau, Cinema & Photography '21, Wayne, Maine
Radical feminism includes radical vulnerability.
Animator Kelly Gallagher explores this concept with her short film My Gossip. The stop motion journey follows Kelly and her best friend Brianna on a road trip. Photos are accompanied by a phone conversation where the two reflect on the importance of their friendship.
Saturday afternoon at FLEFF, My Gossip was preceded by four of Kelly’s other short films. Sound clips of Marilyn Buck and Queen Mother Moore set the theatre abuzz with Kelly’s radical feminist tone, but something shifted with My Gossip. Women in the audience were wiping tears off their cheeks.
Brianna spoke so candidly to Kelly about how they first met, and how Kelly gave Brianna the most wonderful birthday party, and how she values the comfort and understanding of their friendship. It made me think of my own best friend, Annie.
I thought about listening to Neko Case as Annie and I drove down winding Maine roads. I thought about the way we’ve plotted our futures together, complete with a little apartment in Toulouse.
Kelly Gallagher put into film something so powerful and visceral as female friendship. Yet I think many women were so affected by My Gossip because it was one of very few times we’ve seen authentic female friendship on screen. Just women declaring their love for each other, and not for an audience, and especially not for an audience of men.
Radically vulnerable. Radically feminist.