Cinema on the Fringe

Please join us for a screening of Anna Biller’s Viva.

Viva concerns a bored housewife in 1972 who gets drawn into the sexual revolution. Abandoned by her husband, Barbi decides, accompanied by her girlfriend, to dip her toes into the counterculture and the liberationist zeitgeist. Ostensibly moving from innocence to experience, Barbi renames herself “Viva”. She discovers through her novel adventures with hipsters, nudists and artists, that the liberated still observe the same patriarchal rules.

Viva has screened at major film festivals and art spaces around the world. Biller’s work has been written about in scholarly books and journals. She is feted for her use of classic and historical film styles and genres to consider women’s experience and subjectivity, inscribing feminist codes within cinema’s aesthetic pleasures and forms. She creates all of her own costumes and set designs, making many of the props and paintings as well as composing and scoring for her films. She has a BA in art from UCLA, and an MFA in art and film from CalArts. She continues to work on film because of her interest in emulating the look and feel of classic cinema, and her latest film, The Love Witch, was made using only traditional film processes.

A Q+A with Dr. Elena Gorfinkel will follow the film.




All SFTV events are OVERBOOKED to ensure seating capacity in the theater, therefore seating is not guaranteed based on RSVPs. Guests on the RSVP list will be checked in on a first-come, first-served basis until the theater is full. Once the theater has reached capacity, we will no longer be able to admit guests, regardless of RSVP status.

Saturday, February 17 at 6:00pm

Communication Arts Building, Mayer Theatre, Comm 100
33.969626, -118.417267

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