The Joy of Life

The Joy of Life

Directed by Jenni Olson • 2005 • United States

Multitalented performance artist Harry Dodge brings to life this innovative tale of a butch dyke in San Francisco searching for love. Against a backdrop of stunning landscape cinematography, Jenni Olson’s bold, lyrical essay film evolves from queer lust story to inventive documentary—encompassing everything from explicit descriptions of lesbian sexuality to an exploration of Frank Capra’s 1941 classic MEET JOHN DOE to a fascinating history of the Golden Gate Bridge as a suicide landmark. A true San Francisco experience, THE JOY OF LIFE also includes poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti intoning his ode to the City by the Bay, “The Changing Light,” and features music from legendary poet-painter (and probable Golden Gate suicide) Weldon Kees.

The Joy of Life
  • The Joy of Life

    Directed by Jenni Olson • 2005 • United States

    Multitalented performance artist Harry Dodge brings to life this innovative tale of a butch dyke in San Francisco searching for love. Against a backdrop of stunning landscape cinematography, Jenni Olson’s bold, lyrical essay film evolves from queer ...