Suitcase of Love and Shame

  • Thur Nov 6
Suitcase of Love and Shame

with filmmaker Jane Gillooly in person

Jane Gillooly

Tom and Jeanne had an affair in the 1960s and poured their lust, happiness, frustration, and sadness into reel-to-reel tapes that they would send to each other, knowing that each was as excited to receive the message as the other was to record it. Bought for $100 off eBay, director Jane Gillooly’s latest film is a mash up of over 60 hours’ worth of Tom and Jeanne’s reel-to-reel tapes, and a collage of evocative images from the same time period.

Jane Gillooly is a non-fiction and narrative film/video maker whose work is inspired and informed by a century of non-fiction filmmaking, silent and vintage cinema, and activism. Gillooly consistently surprises as she crosses new boundaries and confronts new subjects with a distinctive vision. Her current work, Suitcase of Love and Shame, repurposes historical material for use in time-based media collage and is the culmination of an evolving filmography. Gillooly uniquely balances a commitment to emotional authenticity with a sensorial, textural style driven by striking images, sounds, and a musical approach to editing. Gillooly has an enormous capacity for capturing the complexities of real characters on film. As in her previous works, Today the Hawk Takes One Chick (2008) and Leona’s Sister Gerri (1995), Gillooly demonstrates a compassion for and instinctive understanding of the nuances of human emotion.

Projects include: Today The Hawk Takes One Chick (2008) an observational film shot in a rural Swaziland which premiered at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston and selected to screen at the Margaret Meade and Full Frame Documentary Film Festivals and toured internationally winning a Jury Prize at Kinoteatr.doc Festival in MOSCOW. The Not Dead Yet Club (2006) a Rockefeller-nominated experimental feature film script. Dragonflies, The Baby Cries (2000) which premiered at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, and official selection of: San Francisco International Film Festival, Contemporary Film Festival of Mexico City, with broadcasts on PBS and SUNDANCE Channels. Leona’s Sister Gerri (1995) was featured at the Museum of Modern Art New Directors, New Films, Robert Flaherty Seminar, PBS, and the SUNDANCE Channel and included in the Best of P.O.V. released 2007. She was also co-producer of Theme: Murder (1998), selected to screen at Full Frame Documentary Festival, and INPUT. A recent recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, Gillooly is a member of the graduate faculty in Film / Animation at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts.

Cosponsored with Science & Technology Studies


BluRay color
1 hour 10 minutes
release year/country
2013 USA