Film by Media Arts Associate Professor Wendy Weinberg Gets Local Screening

Her 8-minute comedy 'Never Too Late' is Oscar nominee's first fiction film

December 3, 2010

"Never Too Late," a film by Oscar-nominated Media Arts Associate Professor Wendy Weinberg, will be screened on Friday, January 14 at 7 p.m. at the Scribe Video Center (4212 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia) as part of "PIFVA (Philadelphia Independent Film Video Association) Presents New Works by Philly Makers." Tickets are $5 and there is ample street parking.

A true University of the Arts inter-disciplinary effort, the film features the extraordinary voice services of Theater Arts Adjunct Associate Professor Drucie McDaniel, music composed by recent grad Gene Orlando '08 (Music Composition), and whistling by Animation faculty member and Media Arts Chair Karl Staven.

The Scribe will screen "Never Too Late" along with "Urva," a short documentary by Media Arts alumnus Emre Ozdemir '10 (Film/Digital Video).

When Weinberg found herself as the recipient of a treasure trove of more than 60 archival films and television shows, she hit upon the idea of using the old footage to tell a contemporary story. Of all the recordings, the campy footage of two hotel maids discovering money under a mattress drew her interest most.

Weinberg wanted to use the footage to tell the story of East Coast maids Stella and Rosie who head to the Golden State to get married after the California courts grant same-sex couples the  right to wed. Then Proposition 8 (the California Marriage Protection  Act) passed, restricting the definition of marriage to opposite-sex couples only, and Stella and Rosie could no longer be married in California.

Weinberg rewrote the story so that the women (now living in San Francisco) had to leave California and go east in search of marital equality. She edited together the "maids" footage with a number of clips from films and classic TV from the '40s and '50s, stripped out the sound, and re-dubbed dialogue, sound effects and music, resulting in "Never Too Late," her first fiction film.

The eight-minute comedy has been accepted at 30 festivals and has earned a number of awards, including "Most Innovative Short" at the Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, and "Best Experimental Film" at Artsfest Film Festival in Harrisburg.

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