When: Sun., Sept. 13, 5 p.m. 2015
The New Parkway Theater (474 24th St., Oakland) is kicking off a recurring Bechdel Test movie night on Sept. 13 with a screening of Thelma and Louise, the 1991 classic about two badass women (Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis) running from the law. The Ridley Scott film is one of too few movies that pass the famous test, which cartoonist Alison Bechdel created in 1985 as a way to measure gender bias in works of fiction. In order to pass (and be eligible to appear in the series’ lineup) two female characters must have a conversation with each other about something other than a man. Sounds simple, right? Apparently not. It’s surprising how many movies fail (more than half of 2014’s Academy-Award-nominated films, for example). Filmmaker and educator Cheryl Dunye (The Watermelon Woman, HBO’s Stranger Inside) is co-presenting the series and will be leading a post-film discussion about women in film.