THE LULU SESSIONS AVAILABLE EXCLUSIVIELY FOR BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

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Women Make Movies and OO Media Present

THE LULU SESSIONS

They say love knows no beeping boundaries

 

TERMINAL BREAST CANCER IS NO MATCH FOR CANCER RESEARCHER AWARD-WINNING DOCUMENTARY GIVES NEW MEANING TO LIFE, LOVE AND MODERN FAMILY FOR

OCTOBER BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

 

Special NYC, SF and LA Screenings in Conjunction with VOD / DVD Debut

 

Portion of Proceeds to Benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure®

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“Asian and LGBT festivals will line up for this audience puller.”  – Variety

“Must-see” documentary!” – LA Weekly

“It’s showcasing the intimacies of this remarkable friendship that seems so nuanced and lovely. This isn’t just a story about cancer, it’s a story about love.”  – After Ellen

“Intensely Magical…Inexplicable beauty, calmness, clarity and truth”  – Toronto LGBT Film Festival

 
 

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This October, during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Filmmaker S. Casper Wong presents the release of THE LULU SESSIONS, a raw and deeply personal documentary about the last 15 months of the larger-than-life LuLu, through the eyes of someone who couldn’t be more different – her best friend and ex-something, the filmmaker.  The film will be available on DVD and a VOD sneak-preview (for month of October only) as well as special screening events with panel discussions in New York City, Los Angeles and San Francisco in collaboration with special sponsored organizations.

 

In support of women in the field of cancer research, a portion of the proceeds (via VOD and screenings) will be donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and organization that has played a critical role in every major advance in the fight against breast cancer. Today, Susan G. Komen is the boldest community fueling the best science and making the biggest impact in the fight against breast cancer.

 

The Lulu Sessions is a powerful, stark testimonial about the tenacity of love and our capacity for pushing past limits – in love, friendship, forgiveness and life itself, in the face of impending mortality.   This film is one of the first personal documentaries seen through the lens of a Chinese American, queer woman.  Yet, in its heart, “LuLu” binds audiences – straight or gay, Asian or not, men or women, young or old – to the most universal of stories, that of love and death. Reflective, intensely honest, and surprisingly humorous, this unforgettable documentary makes life’s last journey accessible in ways rarely seen before on screen.

 

Winner of 10 international awards, THE LULU SESSIONS has received accolades through the festival circuits including: the Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature at the Chicago LGBT Film Festival; Best Documentary Feature and the Emerging Filmmaker Award at the DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival; Special Jury Award at the San Diego Asian Film Festival; Second Place in Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature at the Toronto LGBT Film Festival; the Opening Night Film at the Austin LGBT Film Festival; and has been nominated for 4 Grand Jury Awards, while S. Casper Wong was recognized with the George E. Lin Emerging filmmaker Award from the Asian Pacific American DC Film Festival and the Emerging Director Award at the New York Asian American International Film Festival

 

Today, Lulu’s legacy lives on with two scholarship awards in her honor: The Louise M. Nutter Student Research Award, in recognition of outstanding research achievement by a graduate student within the department, and The Thanassi-Nutter Awards, recognizing best presentations given by graduate students in the UVM Biochemistry Department’s Student Seminar Series.

 

Synopsis – The LuLu Sessions:

 

LuLu is unlike anyone you’ve ever met.  She’s the amusingly profane, no-holds-barred Dr. Louise Nutter, genius cancer research scientist and demanding yet beloved professor. At 42, she is told she has the very illness she researches – end stage breast cancer.  The next, and last, 15 months of Lulu’s life are an adventure that rattles her assumptions, values and places a spotlight on the boundaries of the bond between LuLu and the filmmaker.

 

The film reveals insight “not only into a deeply connected relationship but the beginning of an intimacy between two women that outgrows our understanding of friendship and partnership – and maybe even life.”  Lulu returns to her family farm for stability and solace but battles resurrected ghosts instead.  Dying becomes a process of shedding – of long-held but stale presumptions, obligations and relationships and forging new ones.

 

THE LULU SESSIONS is currently available on DVD for educational screenings and libraries through Women Make Movies, while the DVD for Home Use and for the Health and Medical Institutions, will be available on the film’s website.  The special VOD sneak preview will be available on the film’s website only during the month of October.

 

For more information on Women Make Movies DVD for educational screenings and libraries, please visit: http://www.wmm.com/filmcatalog/pages/c853.shtml.

 

For more information on the DVD and VOD release for Home Use, please visit: www.LuLuSessionsFilm.com

 

About the Director/Writer

The LuLu Sessions is the debut feature documentary of director/writer S. Casper Wong. Her Shirts & Skins, a narrative short, was broadcast nationally by the Independent Film Channel and is in the Tribeca Film Institute’s curated Reframe Collection. OO 1, her narrative feature screenplay, received among others, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundations Grant for Screenwriting, Hamptons International Film Festival Screenwriters Lab and Grand Jury Prize for Best Screenplay at Urbanworld Film Festival.  She is a recipient of a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts. Casper represented and served as producer on Roger Corman’s first co-production in China, Hell’s Haunted Palace, and has been attached to direct his next action project.  She is also currently developing an animated space adventure; Staying Well, a feature documentary and television mini-series in collaboration with UCLA about integrative East-West medicine; and Becoming, a longitudinal documentary chronicling Chinese adoptees growing up in American families.   She is the founder of the professional working group, Asian American Women Media Makers. Prior to earning an MFA in film directing from New York University, Casper had been a senior attorney at IBM, a biomedical engineer at Columbia University and a cartoonist.

 

About Women Make Movies

Established in 1972 to address the under representation and misrepresentation of women in the media industry, Women Make Movies is a multicultural, multiracial, non-profit media arts organization which facilitates the production, promotion, distribution and exhibition of independent films and videotapes by and about women. The organization provides services to both users and makers of film and video programs, with a special emphasis on supporting work by women of color. Women Make Movies facilitates the development of feminist media through an internationally recognized Distribution Service and a Production Assistance Program.

 
THE LULU SESSIONS
 
Women Make Movies and OO Media
Director: S. Casper Wong
Summer 2013
Run Time: 86 minutes
Country:  USA
Language: In English
Rating:  Not yet rated

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LOS ANGELES SCREENING

 

Screening and Q&A to follow

 

UCLA, RONALD REGAN MEDICAL CENTER

Tamkin Auditorium (B-310)

(757 Westwood Plaza)

Monday, October 14, 2013

@ 6:30pm

 

Co-presented by UCLA Shirley Hui Memorial and Susan G. Komen Los Angeles

 SAN FRANCISCO SCREENING


 

Screening and Q&A to follow

 

DOLBY LABORATORIES SCREENING ROOM

(100 Potrero Avenue)

Thursday, October 17, 2013

@ 6:30 pm

 

https://www.eventbrite.com/event/8421863019

 

Co-presented by Susan G. Komen San Francisco and The Dolby Labs

 

Screening and panel to follow

 

NINTH STREET INDEPENDENT FILM CENTER

(145 Ninth Street)

Friday, October 18, 2013

@ 6:00 pm

 

https://www.eventbrite.com/event/8426065589

 

Co-presented by Center of Asian American Media, Bay Area Women in Film & Media and Frameline


 

 


NEW YORK CITY SCREENING

 

 


Screening and Q&A to follow

 

NEW YORK INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

(1871 Broadway)

Monday, October 21, 2013

@ 6:30 pm

https://www.eventbrite.com/event/8422653383

 

Co-presented by Susan G. Komen Greater New York City and Asian CineVision

 

Screening and panel to follow

 

ANTHOLOGY FILM ARCHIVES

(32 Second Ave)

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

@ 7:00 pm

Presented by New York Women In Film & Television

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