Photobooth/Dance Party: 6 p.m.
Film: 6:30 p.m.
Panel: 8:30 p.m.
September always seems to signal change—in the weather, in the trees, in the number of layers you can wear without feeling icky—so it only seemed right to kick off our fall programming with something shiny and new. This shiny and new thing is Reel Girl Talk, a discussion-based screening series, and it kicks off September 21 with a screening of 9 TO 5 followed by a panel on equality (or the lack thereof) in the workplace!
Produced by Jane Fonda, written by Patricia Resnick and featuring music by Dolly Parton, 9 TO 5 is all about empowerment of women, both together and apart! The 1980 film, named after a real organization of female office workers that Fonda encountered, follows three different-on-the-surface female employees (Fonda’s newbie Judy Bernly, Lily Tomlin's senior supervisor Violet Newstead, and Parton’s sassy secretary Doralee Rhodes) coming together to try and overthrow Franklin M. Hart Jr., their sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot of a boss. Basically, it’s a story of sisterhood and equality with a sprinkling of coffee, rat poison and elaborate dream sequences. And what’s more, it resulted in a lifelong personal and professional friendship between a trifecta of incredible women (hello, Grace and Frankie!). Seriously, what’s not to love, cheer on and dance along to (don’t tell us you don’t have Dolly’s “9 to 5” playing in your head right now)?
Meet us in the lobby at 6 p.m. for traditional MUFF photobooth fun, a work-themed MUFF Mix, and limited edition 9 TO 5 buttons (as well as the first-ever Reel Girl Talk buttons!).
As for the screening itself, a quick memo: our regular MUFF screenings will continue to support local filmmakers with Mini MUFF, but we'll have some awesome extras too! Be sure to stick around after the credits roll for a special one-time panel in which Chandler Levack (Feminist Live Reads), Imogen Grace and Joella Crichton (The Bechdel Bill), Emmy Milling and Jenny Tang (Her Name is - Podcast), and Jessica Sikora (Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU), will talk about the issues presented in 9 TO 5, including how much/little things have changed since Judy, Violet and Doralee hit the screen. We’ll encourage some audience participation, too. Because, hey, this is a film that we can all relate to, as women and other minorities still fight to be treated equally (with a little dignity and respect!) in professional settings.
And in the name of working together for greater goods, we’re excited to share that shomi is a sponsor of Reel Girl Talk! Be sure to check back closer to the event for more announcements.