Lesbian Avengers Eat Fire Too

Edited by two Avengers, videomaker Janet Baus, and experimental filmmaker, Su Friedrich, The Lesbian Avengers Eat Fire Too offers a rare insiders' look at the New York group's first year, from their initial groundbreaking demo in front of an elementary school in '92 to the incredible Dyke March in DC, where the Avengers ate fire in front of the White House, cheered on by an enormous crowd.

The video supplements footage of actions with compelling portraits of real life Avengers still giddy with their first experiences of taking to the streets as out dykes as well as hilarious interviews with puzzled tourists trying to answer the question, "Who are the Lesbian Avengers?" This film goes a long way towards providing an explanation.

More than a historical document, the video also offers important insights about how to organize successful actions and motivate participants. Released shortly after the Avengers exploded nationally in 1993, it was an essential tool for sharing activist skills and recruiting members. Even today, it inspires as much as it does instruct. If they can do it, I can, too.

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The action that launched a movement!
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Why the Lesbian Avengers eat fire.
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Three Valentine's Day actions, 1993.
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The first Dyke March ever.
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Lesbian Avengers
Eat Fire Too

(55 mins, 1993)

Produced by
The Lesbian Avengers

Directed and edited by
Janet Baus
Su Friedrich

Camera
Janet Baus
Jean Carlomusto
Julie Clark
Su Friedrich
Harriet Hirshorn
&
Kristina Deutsch
Alison Froling
Lisa Guido
Phyllis Lutsky
Dolly Meiran
Morgan Grenwald

THANKS TO
Avengers Everywhere
Caroline Buckler
Cynthia Carr
Linda Chapman
DYKE TV
Norman Cowie
Kristina Deutsch
Samara Halperin
Kathy High
Anastasia Kedroe
Phyllis Lutsky
Mary Patierno
Carrie Martin
Stacey Morris
Avery Revere
Sue Schaffner
Ana Simo
&
The New Orleans
Video Access Center

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