Bette Gordon premiered her new feature Handsome Harry at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival in the world narrative competition section. The film stars an ensemble cast including Campbell Scott, Steve Buscemi, Aidan Quinn, John Savage, and Karen Young. A pioneer in the American Independent Film world, Gordon is best known for her bold explorations of themes related to sexuality. Her early short films, most notably Empty Suitcases, won numerous awards and festival acclaim worldwide, including showings at the Berlin International Film Festival, New York's Museum of Modern Art and The Whitney Biennial.
Variety (1984) marked her debut as a feature film director, particularly in light of the film's invitational showing at The Cannes Film Festival's Director's Fortnight. Luminous Motion, based on the acclaimed novel History of Luminous Motion, was produced by Ted Hope and Anthony Bregman of Good Machine.
Bette Gordon is a great idea: a woman filmmaker who “makes the films I want to make,” produces provocative work of substance and heart....▶
Tribeca Film Festival
Gordon answers questions on-stage at a screening of the recently reprinted Variety, the feminist classic that marked Gordon's feature debut....▶
Recently, the film has found a renewed life due to a revived interest in the independent films of the late 1970’s and early 1980’s....▶