Film & Television Archive Screening: Liberating Hollywood

Friday, February 22, 2019
7:30 pm - 11:00 pm, UCLA Hammer Museum - Billy Wilder Theater

Terminal Island / The Velvet Vampire

See below for additional information.


Advance tickets are available online for $10. Tickets are also available at the Billy Wilder Theater box office starting one hour before showtime: $9, general admission; free to all UCLA students with valid ID; $8, other students, seniors and UCLA Alumni Association members with ID.


UCLA Film & Television Archive
(310) 206-8013


Additional Information

TERMINAL ISLAND (1973) DIR: Stephanie Rothman. SCR: Jim Barnett, Stephanie Rothman, Charles S. Swartz. CAST: Don Marshall, Phyllis Davis, Ena Hartman, Marta Kristen, Barbara Leigh. A group of female convicts band together to fight the most abusive male prisoners in this action- drama-thriller. Pooling their collective talents and building on their female solidarity, they form an unstoppable army: Carmen’s (Hartman) grandmother taught her about poisonous plants, knowledge she then uses to make lethal darts; Lee (Kristen) is an ingenious chemist who configures makeshift bombs from minerals she finds on the island. Rothman’s identifiable style conveys her feminist sensibility in every film, but especially in this whip-smart exploitation classic. 35mm, color, 88 min. THE VELVET VAMPIRE (1971) DIR: Stephanie Rothman. SCR: Maurice Jules, Stephanie Rothman, Charles S. Swartz. CAST: Michael Blodgett, Sherry Miles, Celeste Yarnall, Gene Shane. The film that provided Rothman with the chance to momentarily escape the sexy girl-group genre that was taking hold of the decade, The Velvet Vampire (known alternately as Blood Lover) also transforms the traditional vampire narrative. Rothman’s version is set in contemporary Los Angeles and the surrounding desert areas, where vampire Diane LeFanu (Yarnall) rides her dune buggy in the sunlight. In contrast to the traditional vampire, this blood-sucking predator is an assertive, tantalizing, modern-day female, further emphasizing Rothman’s career-long feminist leanings. 35mm, color, 80 min. New print courtesy of Academy Film Archive. In person: Stephanie Rothman
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