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Dear Gabe,
In this video-letter, I tell you about our queer and wonderful family by allowing five of my female friends to speak to you about theirs. Look: our family is not exceptional, even as it is unique. Our story clocks the spirit and anxieties of a generation.

The feature documentary, Dear Gabe tells the story of six college friends who began to have children at 35. We have done exactly what we were supposed to: established ourselves in the professions, bought homes, coupled, made families. One of us died of AIDS. Good girls all, we ask-as do so many others these days-why does it seem so hard to get it right?

Structured around private, poetic letters to my son, Dear Gabe addresses social themes rarely spoken in mainstream media but all too familiar: balancing family and career, self and children; re-thinking women's place in male professions; mourning lost friends. Intimate dv-footage reveals articulate women who bend traditional ideas of race, sexuality, and religion to make more equitable families. Straight and gay; black, white and Asian; doctors, rabbis, and professors; and now, we are also mothers. How ever will we manage?

Stills & Video Clips from "Dear Gabe"     |     Distributed by Cinema Guild     |     VIEW IT at snagfilms.com

Dear Gabe:
My friends and I make choices where women previously knew certainty, choices that are entirely personal and a reflection of their time. My video shows the power and possibility we endlessly worry. We offer our stories so that you might gain your bearing.

Dear Gabe: A Video-Letter from Alexandra Juhasz
50:05, 2003, mini-dv

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ALEXANDRA JUHASZ has produced over15 documentaries on feminist and lesbian issues from AIDS to teen pregnancy. She is a Professor of Media Studies at Pitzer College and author of critical writing about alternative media.

-NAMING PRAIRIE: 2001. 6:41 mins. Digi-Beta. Producer and Director. Sundance, Cleveland, S.F. Jewish, Gay and Lesbian Fests: NY, LA, SF, Toronto, 2002. VIEW IT at snagfilms.com

-RELEASED: 5 SHORT VIDEOS ABOUT WOMEN AND PRISON: 2000. 26 mins. Mini-dv. Producer. Women in the Director's Chair, Gay and Lesbian Fests: NY, LA, SF, Toronto.

-WOMEN OF VISION: 1998. Producer/Director/Editor. 82:40. Beta-SP. Creteil Int. Women's Fest, Gay & Lesbian Fests: NY, LA, SF, Toronto. Distributed by Cinema Guild. VIEW IT at snagfilms.com

-BAD BOSSES GO TO HELL: 1997. 7 mins. 16mm Narrative Short. Producer for Killer Films. Palm Springs & Hamptons Short Fests, IFFM. Airs on: PBS, IFC, atomfilms.com.

-THE WATERMELON WOMAN: 1996. 16mm Feature Narrative. Producer. Toronto. Awards: Teddy Bear, Berlin; Audience Awards at Creteil, Torino, LA Gay & Lesbian Fests, Hong Kong , 1996. 1997 Whitney Biennial. First Run Features. Airs on Sundance and BET.

ENID BAXTER BLADER is an award-winning filmmaker, artist and musician. Her new film, LETTER FROM THE GIRL, which she produced, wrote and directed, premiered at Location One in New York City in 2002. Blader edited the 2002 Sundance selected documentary short, NAMING PRAIRIE and was the editor of five short documentaries for the widely exhibited 2001 project, RELEASED: FIVE SHORT VIDEOS ABOUT WOMEN AND PRISON. Her own films and videos, SHELTERED, THE REVIVAL OF LEE MACKEY, and the award-winning LOST BABY have screened internationally at the Smithsonian, Women in the Director's Chair, and Aurora Picture Show, and the DGA.

DAVID ESTIS is a filmmaker, artist and musician. He has worked as a director of post-production, editor, and a director of photography. He has directed post-production for Fox Television, NXTV, and LA Freewaves. He has exhibited his artwork internationally, and has an upcoming show at the Museum of Art and Technology in Tokyo, Japan.

SHERI OZEKI is a Los Angeles based musician and music editor. She has played the contrabass and electric bass in orchestras, jazz bands and a variety of pop bands including The Murmers, Bonfire Madigan and IQU. In September 2002, she was commissioned by the Silver Lake Film Festival to compose an original score for the 1915 silent film The Cheat, which she performed live with a seven piece band for their Closing Night Gala.

Dear Gabe

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View Stills and
Video Clips from
"Dear Gabe"


- Prairie Evelyn Hutchison Hammer,
Hali Hammer, and Margaret Sidney Hutchison

- Gabriel Juhasz, Simone Dunye,
Alexandra Juhasz, and Cheryl Dunye

- James Lamb

- Aliya Wiseberg-Levy, Debra Levy

- Margot Mafra Spencer, Katia Mafra Spencer,
Kim Li Spencer, and Agenor Mafra Neto

- Yoni Rechtman, Liya Rechtman,
Rabbi Hara Person and Yigal Rechtman

-Page Ulrey and Ingrid Lundin

Distributed by Cinema Guild

Produced, Directed and Written,
with Camera and Sound by Alexandra Juhasz

Edited by Enid Baxter Blader

Post-Production by Dave Estis

Score by Sheri Ozeki