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TFMS Film Series – Maya Gallus' 'Dish: Women, Waitressing, & the Art of Service'

October 7
8:15 PM
10:00 PM
Cole Cinema, Campus Center

The Seventh Annual TFMS Film Series:
Toil & Trouble: The Reel History of Working Women
Monday evening screenings
October 7 & November 11
8:15 p.m., Cole Cinema, Campus Center
Free and open to the public

Where do we find the history of women's work? Canadian documentary filmmakers Caroline Martel ("The Phantom of the Operator," September 9) and Maya Gallus ("Dish: Women, Waitressing, & the Art of Service," October 7) as well as Academy Award-nominated U.S. documentary filmmaker Connie Field ("The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter," November 11) will present work that addresses the elusiveness of that history by making women's labor visible and documenting their behind-the-scenes struggle on behalf of the workforce and workers' rights.

Please visit the TFMS web site for detailed information on each participating filmmaker (

Maya Gallus
"Dish: Women, Waitressing, & the Art of Service"
Monday, October 7
8:15 p.m., Cole Cinema

Maya Gallus works as an independent film producer, director, and writer. Along with Justine Pimlott, she co-founded Toronto-based Red Queen Productions, which specializes in films about women, social issues (including those affecting the LGBT communities), culture, and the arts. Gallus and Pimlott have collaborated on a number of films, including the critically acclaimed six part documentary series, Punch like a Girl (2003), about amateur women's boxing;  Girl Inside (2007), an extended portrait of a 23-year-old as she transitions from male to female with the help of her 80-year-old grandmother; The Mystery of Mazo de la Roche (2012), a portrait of one of the most famous, yet secretive writers of the early 20th century; and the forthcoming The Fruit Machine, a documentary about the rise of the early gay rights movement in Canada, told through the dramatic story of The Body Politic, one of Canada's first significant gay publications that played a prominent role in the development of the LGBT community in Canada.

Before co-founding Red Queen with Pimlott, Gallus worked independently as writer-director-producer of the critically acclaimed Elizabeth Smart: On the Side of the Angels (1991), a lyrical documentary of celebrated Canadian poet Elizabeth Smart (author of the novel of prose poetry, "By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept"), and Erotica: A Journey into Female Sexuality (1997), a documentary that explores the 'female gaze' in erotica and pornography and that features Dominique Aury (a.k.a. Pauline Réage), the  author of Histoire d'O, as well as photographers Bettina Rheims and Phyllis Christopher, performance artist Annie Sprinkle, filmmaker Candida Royalle, and novelist Alina Reyes.

Why do women bring your food at local diners, while at high-end establishments waiters are almost always men? Dish: Women, Waitressing, & the Art of Service (2010) answers this question by deconstructing waitressing and our collective fascination with its enduring popular icon, the female server. By taking us into the worlds of Toronto's truck stop diners, Montréal's topless "sexy restos," a Parisian super-luxe restaurant, and Tokyo's fantasy "maid bars," former waitress Gallus offers an insider's look at how gender, social standing, earning opportunities, and working conditions intersect in the food service industry.

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Department of Theater, Film, and Media Studies would like to thank the following for their generous support of the Seventh Annual TFMS Film Series: Lecture and Fine Arts of St. Mary's College of Maryland, the departments of political science and history, and the CDSA in women, gender, and sexuality studies.

UPCOMING, November 11 – Connie Field's "The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter"

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Cole Cinema, Campus Center
18952 E. Fisher Rd
St. Mary's City, MD 20686