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SCWU empowered closeted Lesbians, educated city officials and created forever friendships.
SCWU empowered closeted Lesbians, educated city officials and created forever friendships.
59 backers pledged $10,042 to help bring this project to life.

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SCWU: And Our Name Spells Lesbian

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The funds we raise on Kickstarter will help pay for:

• Licensing photos and video footage

SCWU was most active in the 1980s and early 90s. To tell the story we need to rely on photos and videos from the era that are managed by historical archives. Many of these photos are now archived by USC and UCLA. We need to pay for licensing and to receive high resolution images. Mazer Archives has been generous enough to let us use many photos, but to tell the story we need as many as we can get.

• Legal clearance of photos and video footage

We require legal guidance to make sure we use all of the licensed photos and video with the proper rights and attributions.

• Visual depth with select animated photos and motion graphics

Even with the help of the wonderful archives of SCWU history, one of our biggest challenges has been that there are not as many photos and videos needed to tell the story. Not many people had cameras in that era and nobody had a smartphone! The majority of the women in SCWU were closeted, so there was a strict rule on cameras at events. We hope to fill some of those gaps with motion graphics.

• Audio mixing and mastering

We are a small production team and have been doing all the interviews, cinematography, and editing on our own. Audio mixing and mastering will be the one area we will need to hire out to make sure the film is at it's best for viewing.

The Story

Southern California Women for Understanding started in 1976 when prominent and out psychologist, Betty Berzon, knew there needed to be a place where professional women could meet other professional women without going out to seedy bars. She was right and for 30 years, SCWU, became a safe place for closeted Lesbians to meet like-minded women, for political Lesbians to have a voice in the local and national community, and for many women to be able to hold a leadership position that was usually held by men. SCWU provided a social outlet through dances, camps, dinners, and outings. SCWU provided education for their members though speakers that would talk about how to come out, to financial advice or legal advice, to self awareness. SCWU provided community education by participating with City Councilpersons, by doing sensitivity training with West Hollywood police and even going to the White House. SCWU, may have only been located in Southern California, but their educational programs and empowering of women reached far and wide.

Who We Are

Angela Heine
Director / Executive Producer
Angela graduated in Film from Cal State University Northridge.

Darlene Weege
Writer / Producer / Composer
Darlene was a member of SCWU for over 10 years. Darlene has played guitar for over 40 years and teaches guitar.

Jordan Colley
Cinematographer / Editor
Jordan has had over 10 years experience creating promotional videos, music videos and short films.

Risks and challenges

Our biggest challenge is getting the proper permissions to use the photos. There are not many photos or videos from the SCWU era, and we are hoping to use the ones that do exist in the documentary. We have been granted use of a handful of photos from the wonderful Mazer Archives as well as past members. If we can't acquire the additional photos, the film will still get made, but it will be missing many of the faces and personalities of SCWU.

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    Watch SCWU: And Our Name Spells Lesbian online as soon as it's finished, via a private, password-protected link.

    And receive a special thank you in the credits at the end of the film.

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    Watch SCWU: And Our Name Spells Lesbian online as soon as it's finished, via a private, password-protected link.

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    Watch SCWU: And Our Name Spells Lesbian online as soon as it's finished, via a private, password-protected link.

    And receive a special thank you in the credits at the end of the film.

    We appreciate your support!

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    Watch SCWU: And Our Name Spells Lesbian online as soon as it's finished, via a private, password-protected link.

    And receive a special thank you in the credits at the end of the film.

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    Watch SCWU: And Our Name Spells Lesbian online as soon as it's finished, via a private, password-protected link.

    And receive a special thank you in the credits at the end of the film.

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    Watch SCWU: And Our Name Spells Lesbian online as soon as it's finished, via a private, password-protected link.

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    Watch SCWU: And Our Name Spells Lesbian online as soon as it's finished, via a private, password-protected link.

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    We appreciate your support!

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    Watch SCWU: And Our Name Spells Lesbian online as soon as it's finished, via a private, password-protected link.

    And receive a special thank you in the credits at the end of the film.

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