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The Match That Started My Fire

(1992, 20min, 16mm)

This unconventional comedy explores women’s sexuality through candid stories of sexual discoveries, fantasies and pleasures. Visually stunning, yet unnerving, the film is a visual montage of found industrial films and original footage of swirling skirts, monumental machinery, ocean life, and befuddled reaction shots. The phone rings and the girl-talk begins: secrets emerge and confessions build as the audience is taken on an adventure of sensual humor.

SCREENINGS (selected)
2023 – Rhizome DC (Solo show), Washington, D.C.
2022 – Anthology Film Archives, New York, NY
         Seattle Int’l Women’s Film Festival, Seattle, WA
1997 – IMPAKT, Film/Video Festival, Utrecht, The Netherlands
1997 – MOMA, Museum of Modern Art, (14 city tour) NYC, NY
1994 – Harvard University, MA
1993 – National Film Board of Canada
         – Pacific Film Archives of Berkeley, CA
1992 – Input ’92 PBS Screening Conference, Baltimore, MD
          Melbourne Int’l Film Festival, Melbourne, Australia
         – Sydney Film &; Video Festival, Sydney, Australia
         – 13th Black Maria Film Festival &; Tour, Orange Co., NJ
1991 – PS. 122, “Marriage, Sex &; Patriarchy”, New York, NY


2021 – Preservation Grant from (NFPF)
         National Film Preservation Foundation
1992 – Best of Festival Award – 1992 Ann Arbor Film Festival
         – 1st Place (Experimental) – Baltimore Intrn’l Film Festival
1991 – Juror’s Award – Black Maria Film/Video Festival & Tour
         – Honorable Mention – 16th Atlanta Film & Video Fest., GA
1993 – 39th Annual Flaherty Film Conference, Wells College, NY
1989 – Film in the Cities Production Grant, St. Paul, MN

1992 – “Eat Carpet” – SBS Australia
1993 – WNET – PBS – New York, “Independent Focus”
1995 – Channel Four, London, “Red Light Zone”

Director, Editor & Cinematography: Cathy Cook
Music/Audio Collage: Paul Dickinson
Funding: Film in the Cities Production Grant, (Jerome Foundation)

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