ALTERNATIVE WESTERN AND FILMMAKER
TO APPEAR AT THE GUILD
A special screening of The Ballad of Little Jo will be presented by
Portland State University's Department of Theater Arts
Long before Brokeback Mountain, writer/director Maggie Greenwald created a gender-bending western that showed a frontier life never explored in John Wayne movies.
Based on a true story, Ballad follows a young nineteenth century woman when she is forced to leave her proper eastern home and head west. Faced with the prospect of becoming a wife or a prostitute, Josephine makes another choice. In the course of the film, Josephine becomes Jo and experiences the western life usually reserved for white men, but the audience sees the Old West from a female sensibility.
"Ballad" received two Independent Spirit Award nominations for Suzy Amis (best female lead) and David Chung (best supporting male). Others in the cast include Heather Graham, Rene Auberjonois,
Carrie Snodgrass, and Ian McKellen as a member of the mining community who initially befriends young Jo.
Filmmaker Maggie Greenwald will speak and take questions from
the audience about the film and her work as an independent filmmaker.
Monday, April 10 @ 7 p.m.
Guild Theater, 829 SW Ninth Avenue.
Admission for Ballad of Little Jo and Greenwald's appearance is $6 for the general public, available at the Guild box office after 6:30 p.m., April 10.
For additional information, contact Theater Arts at 503-725-4612.