"Born in Flames"
Set in a United States 10 years after it has transformed into a socialist democracy, Lizzie Borden’s 1983 experimental political drama Born in Flames will receive a 35th anniversary screening during Other Worlds Austin at 12 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Flix Brewhouse in Round Rock with the writer/director in attendance. With Born in Flames, Borden examines the aftermath of a peaceful revolution that attempted to bring equality to a United States that placed little value on women, minorities, and the LGBTQIA community. A decade later and the United States remains a patriarchal society in transition, with many blue-collar men feeling disaffected by new rules and regulations intended to empower women and some women’s groups engaged in a counter-revolution to push for greater change. Borden combines a traditional narrative structure with documentary techniques to present a powerful and still-relevant portrait of an America clashing over gender, racial, and sexual politics. Lizzie Borden also directed the 1976 documentary Regrouping and the 1986 narrative feature Working Girls, the acclaimed drama about Manhattan sex workers, which won the Special Jury Prize at the 1987 Sundance Film Festival. Borden’s career as a director never fully recovered when she directed 1992’s Love Crimes for Miramax Films and Harvey Weinstein took the Sean Young erotic thriller away from Borden and threatened to destroy her career if she removed her name off the film. Borden would go on to contribute to the 1994 anthology feature Erotique and to direct several episodes of television while working as a script doctor. Borden continues to develop personal film projects she hopes to direct.
Aired: Dec. 6, 2018.