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Finding Aid for the Linda Farin papers, 1986-1989
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography/History
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms
  • Related Material

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Linda Farin papers
    Date (inclusive): 1986-1989
    Collection number: 1942
    Creator: Farin, Linda.
    Extent: 1 document box (.5 linear ft.)
    Abstract: Linda Farin was a successful lawyer in Austin, Texas. After seeing Donna Deitch's film "Desert Hearts," she became inspired to produce a realistic and positive lesbian errotic film and began forming a cohort of lesbian writers in order to develop a script. This collection contains documentation relating to the production, distribution, and reception of the film "Waking Up: A Lesson in Love."
    Language: Finding aid is written in English.
    Language of the Material: Materials are in English.
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Access

    Open for research. STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UC Regents. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Linda Farin, 1990. This collection is part of an outreach and collection-building partnership between the June L. Mazer Lesbian Archives,   the UCLA Center for the Study of Women (CSW)   and the UCLA Library.  

    Processing Note

    Processed by Stacy Wood, 2011.

    Sponsor

    The June L. Mazer Lesbian Archive  at UCLA is an outreach and collection-building partnership between the June L. Mazer Lesbian Archives , the UCLA Center for the Study of Women (CSW)  and the UCLA Library . These collections expand the pool of primary source materials available to researchers and to the community at large. This partnership was initiated by CSW and is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to inventory, organize, preserve, and digitize more than eighty Mazer collections pertaining to lesbian and feminist activism and writings.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Linda Farin papers (Collection Number 1942). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

    Biography/History

    Linda Farin was a successful lawyer in Austin, Texas. After seeing Donna Deitch's film Desert Hearts, she became inspired and challenged to produce a realistic and positive lesbian erotic film and began forming a cohort of lesbian writers in order to develop a script. Through her participation with Liatris Media, which produced the Third Wave Women's International Film and Video Festival from 1986-1989, Linda Farin met Greta Schiller and Andrea Weiss. Greta Schiller became involved in the project in the early stages anonymously and later added her name to the project as Director. Farin formed both Foosh Productions and Anonymous Was a Woman Ltd. in order to help fund the project. Anonymous Was A Woman Ltd. was later dissolved in 1996.

    Chronology

    June 1985 Release of Before Stonewall: The Making of a Gay and Lesbian Community, Greta Schiller's first full length documentary.
    May 1988 Foosh Productions Incorporated.
    June 1988 Taping and production of Waking Up: A Lesson in Love
    September 1988 Release of Waking Up: A Lesson in Love

    Scope and Content

    The Linda Farin Papers document the conception, production, distribution, and reception of the film Waking Up: A Lesson in Love, produced and co-written by Linda Farin. These papers include script drafts, financial documents, advertising strategies, copy reviews, correspondence, and a VHS copy of the film as well as a VHS copy of interviews with the producers and auditions for casting.
    Throughout the production of the film, funding issues as well as philosophical challenges arose from both within the circle of people working on the film as well as from the outside. In her story "The Making of a Lesbian Erotic Video" (contained within the collection), Lindsey Lane (co-writer and co-producer) outlines some of her frustrations with the effects of both homophobia and the difficulties of producing independent films. Much of the correspondence between reviewers and distributors reflects some of this conflict as well. While Waking Up: A Lesson in Love was produced in the late 1980's, the tensions of the "sex wars" of the late seventies and early eighties are present in the collection. Many of the reviewers and distributors approached by Linda Farin were generally uncomfortable with the portrayal of lesbian casual sex in the film in contrast to some of the more sex positive publications which chose to advertise and review the film such as On Our Backs magazine or Forum.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged chronologically.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

    Subjects

    Farin, Linda --Archives.
    Lesbian motion picture producers and directors --Archival resources.

    Related Material

    As of 1997, the film Waking Up: A Lesson in Love, was still available for purchase through Naiad Press, which is no longer in operation. The film is out of print and is held at the San Francisco Public Library, Cornell University Library, Michigan State University Library, and UCLA.