Visual arts teacher Cheri Gaulke produced and directed Gloria’s Call, a short film that will be screening at the Downtown Film Festival of Los Angeles Film Festival on Oct. 21. The film uses both live action and animation to tell the story of how Gloria Orenstein, a retired professor of Comparative Literature and Gender Studies at USC, was influenced by Surrealist art.
Gaulke said her desire to bring more attention to female artists inspired her to make the movie.
“The idea for the film happened when I heard [Orenstein] speaking at an event sponsored by the Southern California Women’s Caucus for Art,” Gaulke said. “Gloria is a colorful character, and her stories are fantastic. The women she met–Leonora Carrington, Leonor Fini, Meret Oppenheimer and Jane Graverol–were amazing artists who have not received the recognition that male artists such as Salvador Dali have received, yet their work is visionary, powerful and beautiful.”
While the short has been screened in film festivals in Michigan and internationally in Croatia and England, Gaulke said she’s excited to have a showing so close to home.
“I’m happy that it is having a local screening, and I hope that our community will come out and support the screening,” Gaulke said.
The festival will be taking place at the Regal L.A. Live movie theater. Tickets for the event are $15.
Gaulke will discuss her work at a panel at Los Angeles Comic Con on Oct. 27, which will feature female filmmakers offering their advice and experiences from being in the industry.
Gaulke said she is excited to be able to share her work.
“I am delighted to be sharing my work as a filmmaker with the community, work that I will be pursuing full time when I retire from full-time teaching at the end of this year,” Gaulke said.