5Q's w/ Susie Rivo "Left on Pearl" Director

Left on Pearl (55 min) dir: Susie Rivo

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#1: Can you describe your movie and why somebody should see it in less than 280 characters?

In 1971, hundreds of women took over a Harvard owned building in Cambridge MA, demanding a women's center and affordable housing for the community. One of the few takeovers by women for women, this radical action led directly to the founding of the longest continuously operating Women's Center in the U.S.  

#2: What do you want the Borrego Springs Film Festival audience to know about your film that isn’t obvious from its title?

LEFT ON PEARL is about activism and politics, but it is also funny, entertaining and fast-paced. It's rare to see kick-ass women on screen who are over 60, talking about their younger selves. 

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#3: What is your movie making background?  Tell us about yourself.

I studied filmmaking at San Francisco State University in the early 90s. I have made several docs.

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#4: What was the biggest lesson learned in getting your film made?

Don't give up.

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#5: What does the future hold for your film and you?

More festivals, community screenings, hopefully broadcast, and definitely we plan to get the film into classrooms through educational distribution (not just to universities, but also to community centers, senior centers, high schools, prisons)

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