Caldwell’s pulp storytelling, proto-feminist stance and unabashed social dramatization of his characters are a distinct vision of the condition of women — specifically working class women. His broadly drawn themes of small town hypocrisy and restrictive moral values contextualize the titular characters’ struggle for sexual expression, stability and independence. Certain Women is a disconcerting parable that pays tribute to but also defies the 50s period style of Caldwell, opting for contemporary small town situations and cinematic style. This cautionary tale of four heroic yet ordinary women is fashioned out of the past but relies on observations of the present historical moment and its political reality. — Pleasing Pictures, LLC
Peggy Ahwesh (born 1954 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is an American avant-garde filmmaker and experimental video artist. She received her B.F.A. from Antioch College. Ahwesh’s work has been shown at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, the Balie Theater, Amsterdam, Filmmuseum, Frankfurt; the Museu d’Art Contemporani Barcelona (MACBA), Barcelona, the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio, the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, and The Museum of Modern Art, New York; her work has been included in the following festivals: New York Film Festival (1993, 1998); Berlin; London; Cairo; Toronto; Rotterdam; and Creteil, France. Her numerous awards include an Alpert Award in the Arts, a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, and grants from the Jerome Foundation, the Creative Capital Foundation, and the New York State Council on the Arts. She teaches at Bard College. —Wikipedia
Bobby Abate (Brooklyn, NY) came of age immersed in Internet subcultures charged by alter egos, super-natural fantasies, and vice – dynamics that shape his darkly humorous works in film and video. Bobby’s work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim, The New York Film Festival, and the Institutes of Contemporary Art. Bobby’s first feature, Certain Women premiered as an official selection of the 2004 International Film Festival Rotterdam and won Best Feature at the Chicago Underground Film Festival. Bobby was a fellow at the 2006 Screenwriter’s Lab at the Binger Institute in Amsterdam for the 1969 period film Magic Minerals.