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Sally!

Directed by Deborah Craig2024USA94 mins

A radical lesbian feminist (not to mention something of a sapphic Casanova) whose trailblazing vision and ebullient personality were the spark for movements with far-reaching impacts, the legacy of Sally Gearhart has also largely been erased from history.From the defeat of the Briggs Initiative to the founding of the first Women’s Studies program in the nation, to groundbreaking writing on lesbian separatist communities, Gearhart was a fierce-hearted San Francisco political preacher at the center of many iconic movements of the 1970s and 1980s. 

In this heartfelt documentary following her journey from a 23-year-old professor at a Christian college to her final days surrounded by a diverse and dedicated community, director Deborah Craig (A Great Ride, Frameline42) re-centers the charismatic Gearhart who ignited movements, fought tirelessly for change, and created lasting bonds. Deftly weaving archival footage with interviews spanning decades, Sally! illuminates the personal and political context that defines Gearhart’s legacy, humorously and thoughtfully celebrating her while also confronting the controversies and limitations of lesbian separatism. Sally! is a rare watch that honors its subject as both an icon and a beloved, complex individual.

Expected Guests

Deborah Craig
Director
Jörg Fockele
Co-Director
Ondine Rarey
Co-Director

This film is a recipient of a Frameline Completion Fund grant.

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Director
Deborah Craig
Year
2024
Country
USA
Running Time
94 mins
Language
English
Premiere
World
Section
Documentary Features
Program Note Writer
Sophia Lanza-Weil
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