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New round of release markets for “Suffragette” film, as of November 6, 2015

From the "Suffragette" film: Courtesy Focus Features.

“Suffragette” film markets opening on November 6, 2015:

Albany, Albuquerque, Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Champaign-Urbana, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Colorado Springs, Dallas, Denver, Des Moines, Ft. Myers, Harrisburg, Houston, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Madison, Milwaukee,  Miami, Minneapolis, Nashville, New Orleans, Norfolk, Oklahoma City, Orlando, Pittsburgh, Portland, ME, Portland, OR, Providence, Raleigh, Richmond, Rochester, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Diego, Santa Fe, Seattle, St. Louis, Syracuse, Tucson, and West Palm Beach.

The “Suffragette” film openings in late October 2015 will continue in seven markets including New York, Los Angeles, etc. Other cities will be announced in the future depending on the audience response. If your city or viewing area is not included in the news releases for the coming week, stay tuned for future announcements. It all depends on the number of people buying tickets on the opening weekend. More cities beyond this coming weekend have not been announced. This is why publicists for the “Suffragette” film are urging theatergoers to see the film as soon as it’s advertised for the opening weekend. Early attendance drives the box office receipts higher and increases the probability that the production will be seen in more places or be shown for extended periods of time.

QUOTES FROM SOME OF THE FILM’S PRINCIPALS:

From "Suffragette" film, Courtesy Focus Features.

Sarah Gavron: “With the right to vote comes representation and when the Suffragettes finally secured that in England beginning in 1918, laws changed. Women were allowed to have parental rights, to sit on juries, to become solicitors. We must all remember that without representation there will most likely be no legislation to help the people who aren’t represented — men, women, and children facing oppression in their states and countries.”

Ben Whishaw: “Having to sometimes go against the herd, affirming ‘This is what I believe in’ – that is always relevant for not only women but for men, for everyone.”

Brendan Gleeson: “Suffragette advances the notion that by liberating women we liberate everybody, while acknowledging that there will always be a cost in human terms.”

Anne-Marie Duff: “This is the time to tell the suffragettes’ story. There are countries whose regimes diminish women, and countries where there is a terrifying preoccupation with external appearances rather than with women who are achievers.”

Helena Bonham Carter: “Around the world, there are still glass ceilings for women. This is a subject we must continue to talk about.”

Meryl Streep: “The full measure of our equality as human beings has yet to be gained across the world as well as here at home. I think it will shock people that this was London in 1912-1913, and how hard won the vote is. I don’t think any young woman who sees Suffragette can conscientiously sit out any election after seeing how people suffered to give her the right to decide her own future.”

Carey Mulligan: “There is a general apathy towards voting, especially among younger people, despite so many voices being heard online. So for them to see the dedication, hard work, determination, passion, and grief that went into achieving equality in a voting system is important.”

Photographs from the “Suffragette” film: Courtesy Focus Features.

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U.S. film audiences in a tizzy about limited release of “Suffragette” film

“Suffragette” film from UK directed by Sarah Gavron, directed by Abi Morgan, & starring Meryl Streep & others! on Vimeo.

This web site has been covering the making, production, and release of the “Suffragette” film from the UK for all of 2015. We view it as a window on an important part of American history that parallels the English women’s suffrage movement. Both the UK and US have suffrage martyrs (Emily Davison and Inez Milholland). Women from the US and England sent workers and speakers across the Atlantic to participate in each other’s movements. As Americans, we’ve been anticipating this film since 2014. Trailer.

GOOD CHANCE YOU WON’T GET TO SEE “SUFFRAGETTE” FILM

But will we get to see it? Don’t hold your breath. However, there’s a stirring in the United States. It’s unacceptable to tease us for a year with a carrot and then pull the rug out from under the film. The film opened in New York and Los Angeles on October 23, 2015. This weekend there’s another round of releases. We believe the film can now be seen in New York City, the San Francisco area, Chicago, Los Angeles, Boston, Washington, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Austin, and Seattle. Albany, NY may be next, thanks to Patricia Dolton who got on the horn and shook the social media tree in upstate New York.

If there’s enough of a turnout this weekend, perhaps the principals of the production will give a high sign to a wider release. But this hasn’t been their intention. The word has leaked out that the plan has been to give the film a flash release and then poof. It will disappear. But the cat is out of the bag. “Suffragette” is sending shock waves throughout the UK and those in the US who have seen it in the limited number of theaters and pre-release events.

A few Hollywood reviewers have panned the film, saying that “Suffragette” doesn’t inspire them. But they don’t speak for a growing constituency of people annoyed that the largest nonviolent social revolution in the United States (the women’s suffrage movement) either wasn’t taught to them in history class, or if it was, only marginally with a photo and caption of Susan B. Anthony who spent 50 years of her life organizing for women’s voting rights.

JOIN THE EFFORT TO SUPPORT WIDESPREAD RELEASE FOR THE “SUFFRAGETTE” FILM

Turning Point Suffragist Memorial and Womenon20s.org are mobilizing their networks to get people into the theaters. Don’t take these efforts lightly. The film is important because the content is relevant for us today. Hollywood films where women move the plot forward are rare. Women have been shut out of Hollywood in pivotal roles, and women-focused stories are few and far between in the entertainment industry.

The “Suffragette” film is about women taking charge of their lives and future. It’s written, directed, and performed by mostly women. It faced a uphill struggle in financing and various aspects of its production.

The film’s potential is tremendous. The HBO production of “Iron Jawed Angels” released in 2004 is still being shown by community organizations throughout the nation who are sponsoring the film’s showings to educate about the right to vote and the long and hard struggle in the United States to win these rights.

“10 DAYS IN A MADHOUSE” IS AN IMPORTANT FILM TO WATCH FOR IN NOVEMBER

And get ready for another surprise: the November 2015 release of “10 Days in a Madhouse” (directed by Timothy Hines and produced by Susan Goforth) about investigative reporter and suffrage activist Nellie Bly. More about that production soon on SuffrageCentennials.com and a special November program at Suffrage Wagon Cafe on November 8, 2015.

Don’t take anything for granted. If you are in any of the “Suffragette” film markets, make plans NOW. Buy tickets. Organize a night out on the town. Buy out a theatre for a performance. And watch for “10 Days in a Madhouse” in November. Trailer. Support these productions because they’re part of a movement to bring women’s history to a larger audience. Next year, 2016, is an election year, and descendants of the anti-suffrage movement of more than 100 years ago have been getting nervous.

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Parties for Elizabeth Cady Stanton in November: 200 years old, plus “Suffragette” film spin

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Birthday parties for Elizabeth Cady Stanton in New York during November! on Vimeo.

It’s a terrific time to be celebrating the 200th birthday of Elizabeth Cady Stanton. The “Suffragette” film has been released in the United States. And just as we hoped, the release of “Suffragette” is bringing attention to the U.S. movement to win voting rights for women. It’s been in the shadows far too long. Even Time Magazine this week highlighted the centennial observance of the 1915 big suffrage parade in New York City. And there’s more to come (we hope)!

The 200th birthday party for Mrs. Stanton at Cooper Union on November 12, 2015 (7:30 p.m.) includes a long lineup of entertainers and performers for the program, “Declaration of Sentiments: The Remix.” It’s presented by the NYC Department of Records and Information Services and WomensActivism.NYC at The Great Hall at Cooper Union, 7 East 7th Street, New York, NY 10003 sponsored by the City of NY, Mayors Fund to Advance NYC, The Cooper Union, and Lebenthal Asset Management.

The occasion is also being celebrated in Seneca Falls, NY on November 14, 2015 at the the Women’s Rights National Historical Park. The event starts at 4 p.m. with a “Winter Wheat Gathering” inside the Wesleyan Chapel, site of the first Women’s Rights Convention in 1848. Dramatic re-enactments by historical researchers, biographers, and interpreters will honor Mrs. Stanton’s women’s rights activism. At 6 p.m., the event will move to Fall Street, the Gould Hotel, for a reception with birthday cake, punch, and dancing. All events are free and open to the public. The public is invited to dress in 19th century period attire. Women’s Rights National Historical Park is open Wednesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information: (315) 568-2991.
RESOURCES:
Send birthday wishes to Mrs. Stanton to be displayed in the Seneca Falls national park visitors’ center. For electronic and video birthday sentiments, forward them to wori_information_desk@nps.gov. For cards and letters, mail them to Elizabeth Cady Stanton at Women’s Rights NHP, 136 Fall Street, Seneca Falls, NY, 13148.
UPDATE ON ANTHONY-STANTON STATUE PROJECT IN CENTRAL PARK
The fund to build statues in Central Park (NYC) of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony is accepting pledges and contributions for the design and creation of the statue as well as for organizing, outreach and media efforts. Checks are payable to The Stanton and Anthony Statue Fund, POB 150-074 Van Brunt Station, Brooklyn, NY 11215-9997. StantonandAnthonyStatueFund@gmail.com.

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“Suffragette” film special photo, plus Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s 200th birthday bash!

VIDEO: Big birthday bash planned for the 200th birthday of Elizabeth Cady Stanton in 2015 on Vimeo.

It’s International Women’s Day, and for this special occasion the stars of the “Suffragette” film from the UK took advantage of the occasion to release a photo with them posing with suffrage descendants Helen Pankhurst and Laura Pankhurst, the great and great-great granddaughters respectively of Emmeline Pankhurst. Meryl Streep will play Mrs. Pankhurst in this major motion picture due for release in September 2015.

The UK may be head and shoulders ahead of the United States in terms of public awareness about the suffrage movement. But on the American shores the momentum is picking up. This is clear in the plans underway to celebrate the 200th birthday of Elizabeth Cady Stanton in 2015. Although all the details have yet to be announced, there’s plenty already in the public domain. The Elizabeth Cady Stanton Hometown Association in Johnstown, NY, for example, has a busy schedule of special events during 2015. And the Women’s Rights National Historic Park in Seneca Falls, NY has rolled out the red carpet during March 2015, Women’s History Month. All of these events and celebrations are laying a rich and textured base for upcoming suffrage centennials on the local and state levels during the time leading up to the 2020 suffrage centennial.

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