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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.