JOANI: QUEEN OF THE PARADIDDLE – NW WONDERS – and featured short: VICTOR & ISOLINA
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Saturday, November 12
The 33rd Annual Olympia Film Festival presents
JOANI: QUEEN OF THE PARADIDDLE
Post-film Q&A with Valerie Agnew
“An important film about a seminal female drummer that paved the way for all women in music. Joani was a fearless leader in the gay community during a time when homosexuality wasn’t accepted by society. As a musician and a queer woman, I owe a lot to Joani’s legacy. A must-see.”
-Patty Schemel, drummer
In 1935, at eight years old Joani Hannan picked up a pair of drumsticks and beat her path into entertainment history. Joani was a pioneering female jazz drummer who traveled the world in the USO and played alongside Marilyn Monroe in “Some Like It Hot.” Despite the challenges and constraints of the 50s and 60’s for women and queers, Joani showed the strength, self love and courage to be true to herself no matter what. With excellent raw archival footage and wonderful music throughout, Joani: Queen of the Paradiddle is a humorous and thoughtful remembrance of the early gay rights movement era.
Director: Tina Gordon / 2016 / US / 31 min
Short: VICTOR & ISOLINA
Director: William D. Caballero
2016 / US / 6 min
In this touching, animated short a couple in their 80s is interviewed separately, revealing to their filmmaker grandson the eventful and tumultuous highs and lows of their decades long union.