I post regularly about The Sandra Moran Radio Book Club, but an even larger part of her legacy is the Legacies of Lesbian Literature Project. If every person who has been a panelist or who has listened to at least one book club show could give $5-10 (or more) to the Legacies project, the money needed for two upcoming film interviews would be raised. Details are below. NOTE: I am donating. I have hosted some 40 book club shows as a volunteer and have bought the books because I believe that our community’s best authors should be celebrated.
The Legacies of Lesbian Literature Project is a feature documentary in-production examining the history and impact of lesbian fiction from the 1920s through the 1990s.The authors interviewed to date are Dorothy Allison, Ann Bannon, Rita Mae Brown, Elana Dykewomon, Katherine V. Forrest, Jewelle Gomez, Jenifer Levin, Lee Lynch, Penny Mickelbury, Lesléa Newman, and the surviving spouse of Nancy Garden.
If you have not seen the project intro video, please take five minutes to view it. It will be the most inspiring five minutes of your day.
The story of how the principals in the Legacies of Lesbian Literature project came together is both unlikely and serendipitous. It began when author Marianne K. Martin was invited to be the keynote speaker for the 2014 National Women’s Music Festival in Madison, Wisconsin. She invited author Sandra Moran to join her for the keynote speech and brainstormed with her during that week on a project outline. As a festival crew member, I met Marianne and Sandra for the first time at the artists’ breakfast and later heard Sandra speak on lesbian authors. Tragically, Sandra was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer and passed away less than a month later in November 2015. Her widow, Cheryl Pletcher, stepped up to join the project, focusing on the business aspects. Now all that was needed was a filmmaker, and I was asked whether I knew one. I did. I was acquainted with Lisa Marie Evans because I had interviewed her for radio 10 years ago, had seen her films at Kansas City’s LGBT film festival, and had screened OutWrite for a director’s showcase at our LGBT community center. After an initial meeting in Kansas City and a Skype session with Marianne, the team was in place.
Cheryl says: “We have two wonderfully generous contributions to the project coming our way in the July time-frame. Between now and then, though, we could use your help. We have not done and will not do, any work on this project without having the funds in the bank, and we have two key interviews we would like to accomplish in May and June. Both Ellen Hart and Sally Gearhart have agreed to be interviewed for the project. Since Sally lives in Oregon, that will be a more costly trip for us. We estimate needing roughly $5,000 to pay the filming and travel costs for both interviews. If you are able to contribute now to the project, we would be very grateful.”
To contribute, please go to the Support section of the website. Donations to the Legacies Project are tax-deductable. And if you haven’t already done so, while you are on the website, please sign up to receive the newsletter. You can also ask any questions by filling out the Contact tab.