Join the creators of "Deliver," a new independent feature film shot locally with Catskills and Hudson Valley cast, at the Laundry King on Saturday, August 29 at 7pm.
Director Jennifer Montgomery states, "I am particularly pleased to be screening Deliver in the environment where it was originally shot. Like a generation of viewers, I was deeply affected by Deliverance. But I have always been troubled by the structures of gender in both Boorman’s movie and and Dickey’s original novel. Hence, my version is played by women: myself, Peggy Ahwesh, Jackie Goss, Su Friedrich, Dani Leventhal, and Meredith Root, all experimental filmmakers with ties to the Catskill region. While faithful to our respective male characters, we also play ourselves.
"My film’s title, Deliver, refers to the re-birthing experience of surviving extreme physical challenges, the product-obsessed nature of the film industry, and, of course, the fact that it is only women who can, biologically, truly deliver. Also, I was curious about the different ways we see men and women in nature. The group goes canoeing down a river, aptly named the Beaverkill. We are confronted by two local women armed with a shotgun, and one of us is sodomized. This is the moment when a seemingly simple exercise in gender inversion becomes complicated. There is a false notion that women do not pose a sexual threat to one another. Do we read this rape as unconvincing, or real sexual violence?"
Starring: Peggy Ahwesh, Jackie Goss, Su Friedrich, Meredith Root, Jennifer Montgomery, Dani Leventhal, Nicky Aulicino, Jenny Bass
Cinematographers: Megan Frazer, Anneka Herre
Sound: Joe Milutis
Assistant director: Jenny Bass