Pride Radio or XXYX
7-8pm, Thursday, May 31
- Hosted by Blake More
Tune into KZYX&Z’s XXWhy program at 7pm on Thursday, May 31 when host Blake More will be talking with award winning documentary filmmakers Catherine Gund
and Daresha Kyi, whose highly acclaimed film Chavela about the iconoclast and game changing artist Chavela Vargas will screen at the Mendocino Film Festival on June 1st. The three will be discussing the film, which portrays the wild, rollercoaster, very interesting life of the singer, who, among other things is known for jumping onstage wearing pants, a poncho, and a pistol; smoking cigars, dranking tequila and boldly singing love songs to women in the early 1950s in a very conservative, muy macho Mexico. The show will air on KZYX&Z 90.7FM Philo, 88.1FM Fort Bragg, and 91.5FM Willits, as well as stream live on the web www.kzyx.org.
About Catherine Gund
Catherine Gund, the Founder and Director of Aubin Pictures, is an Emmy-nominated producer, director, writer, and activist. Her media work focuses on strategic and sustainable social transformation, arts and culture, HIV/AIDS and reproductive health, and the environment. Her films - which include Chavela, Dispatches from Cleveland, American Rhapsody (in progress), Born to Fly: Elizabeth Streb vs. Gravity, What’s On Your Plate?, A Touch of Greatness, Motherland Afghanistan, Making Grace, On Hostile Ground, and Hallelujah! Ron Athey: A Story of Deliverance - have screened around the world in festivals, theaters, museums, and schools; on PBS, the Discovery Channel, and the Sundance Channel.
About Daresha Kyi
Daresha Kyi is an award-winning visionary who writes, produces, and directs for film and television in Spanish and English. her second film, Land Where My Fathers Died, which she wrote, produced, directed and co-starred in with Isaiah Washington in his on-camera debut. Based upon this multiple award-winning short, she was chosen in a nationwide search to receive a full fellowship from TriStar Pictures to attend the Directors Program at The American Film Institute (AFI). She also produced a documentary short about violence against lesbians called Just Because of Who We Are as part of a women's collective called Heramedia. Her projects have received funding from NEA, NBPC, NYSCA, NYFA, Frameline, Arch & Bruce, Jerome, and the Women in Film Finishing Fund, among others. She is currently a fellow in the Firelight Media Documentary Lab.
About the Documentary ~ Chavela:
Through its lyrical structure Chavela takes viewers on an evocative, thought-provoking journey through the life of iconoclastic, game-changing artist Chavela Vargas. Chavela’s relaxed conversational tone as she chats with a group of young lesbian admirers in footage shot in 1991 offers viewers a rare, intimate look at the iconic singer at a pivotal time in her journey. Having just returned to the stage after 12 hard years lost to alcoholism, and a painful breakup with the love of her life, the interview occurs just before she heads to Spain where she’ll rise like a phoenix from the ashes. Strong, funny, and vitally alive, she was in her prime at 71. This unique interview serves as the spine running throughout Chavela, which explores her fascinating life from birth in Costa Rica through her everlasting presence on earth in the form of passionate love songs. In Spanish with English subtitles.