Beverly Hill Screening & Symposium

Line of puppet housewives holding cans of beans on a pink background

May 6, 2023 | 4:30PM
Logan Screening Room

Beverly Hill is a TV pilot created by Marissa Fenley and Madeline Mahrer that explores the dynamics of rich housewifery by forcing it to adjust to a post-capitalist world. Set ten years after a major economic revolution, this episode follows six housewives, represented by papier mâché rod puppets, who live together in a dilapidated mansion atop Beverly Hill—the last hill left standing in the one-time playground of the rich and famous.

May 6th 4:30-7:30 PM
Logan Center Screening Room (rm 201)

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4:30-5:45 Multimedia Presentations on Puppetry and Reality Television

Torry Bend
Associate Professor of the Practice of Theater Studies

Duke University

Beatrice Bradley
Assistant Professor of English

Muhlenberg College

Sarah Rebecca Kessler
Assistant Professor of English

University of Southern California

Olivia Stowell
Ph.D. Student in the Department of Communication & Media

University of Michigan

Brandon Truett
Luce Foundation Curator of Academic Programs

Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at Portland State University

5:45-6:00 Break

6:00-6:15 Introduction to the film

Marissa Fenley
Harper Schmidt Fellow in TAPS

University of Chicago

6:15-6:45 Beverly Hill Screening

6:45-7:30 Panel Discussion and Q&A

7:30-8:30 Catered reception