Part of SFFILM Festival
Director Douglas Tirola and subjects Selma Miriam and Noel Furie are expected to attend.
Douglas Tirola’s (Drunk, Stoned, Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon, Festival 2015), latest documentary traces the evolution of feminism through the lives of two exceptional women, Noel and Selma, who came of age in the ’50s when women were relegated to the roles of wives and mothers. During the height of the women’s movement, Noel, a former teen model and Playboy bunny, meets and falls in love with Selma, a tough, outspoken radical feminist. Both women choose to leave their comfortable, yet unsatisfying marriages and children to come out as lesbians. The two share a love of cooking and gardening and, in the ’70s, open Bloodroot, the first vegetarian collective restaurant and bookstore in Bridgeport, Connecticut. By interspersing archival footage and clips from The Stepford Wives, Tirola affectionately chronicles the cultural shifts of the last 40 years as Noel and Selma attempt to keep Bloodroot open as an indispensable gathering spot for progressive women.
Douglas Tirola is a producer, writer, and director. As a producer, his films have included The Lucky Ones (2003), Fake It So Real (2011), Kate Plays Christine (2016), and Bisbee ’17 (Festival 2018). He made his directorial debut with A Reason to Believe (1995), and among other films he directed are Hey Bartender (2013), Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon (Festival 2015), and Brewmaster (2018).