Saturday, May 4, 2013

We're Not in Aberdeen Territory Anymore?

A very special guest will be speaking at the Sunday May 5th stage performance of The Wizard of Oz at the Sioux Empire Community Theatre in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Carey Graeber is a past president of New Work Women in Film and Television and a documentary filmmaker whose work has appeared on PBS, MSNBC and Detroit's local NBC affiliate. She's currently working on a new project called Rediscovering Dorothy.

Through various interviews, the film retraces the critical importance to The Wizard of Oz narrative of both author L. Frank Baum's experiences as a newspaper editor in Dakota's Aberdeen Territory and the accomplishments and advice of his mother-in-law Matilda Joslyn Gage (pictured). Along with urging her son-in-law to write down the stories he liked to tell rapt young audiences, Gage is also acknowledged as having created the foundation for radical feminist thought.

From the movie project's website:

Matilda Joslyn Gage (1826-1898) was as significant in the National Women's Suffrage Association (NWSA) and the first wave movement as Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony. The tree shared decades of activism, leadership and camaraderie, but Gage had a more revolutionary grasp of complex issues than either Stanton or Anthony...
The rift between the suffrage leaders never healed. And although Gage was the youngest, she died before Stanton and Anthony. After Gage's death, her contributions were minimized and ignored. The official biographies, memoirs and reminiscences relegated her to the footnotes.

Aberdeen native Graeber is partnered on Rediscovering Dorothy with writer Mona Kanin, with whom she has worked before, executive producer Alexis Alexanian and Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation director Sally Roesch Wagner. The teaser for the film is tantalizing and suggests the project will make a big splash when completed.

Ahead of this Sunday's talk, Graeber spoke with Argus Leader columnist Jill Callison, explaining that instead of a documentary, Rediscovering Dorothy may actually wind up being some sort of enhanced experience for tablets and e-readers. Read that article here.

[Rediscovering Dorothy]

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