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Beth B

Beth B (1955, USA) has been a pillar of the New York underground scene since the late 1970s. Her oeuvre comprises feature films, multi-media objects, video dramas, short films and music videos. She was one of the key figures in the New York No wave scene of the late 1970s, and continues to make politically charged and provocative films. B’s work has been the subject of retrospectives in London, Montreal, Lisbon and Denmark. She has also served on the competition juries of Sundance and TIFF.


G-man (1978, short), Black Box (1978, with Scott B), Letters to Dad (1979, short), The Offenders (1979), The Trap Door (1981), Vortex (1983, with Scott B), Salvation!: Have You Said Your Prayers Today? (1987), Belladonna (1989, with Ida Applebroog), Thanatopsis (1991, with Lydia Lunch), Stigmata (1991), American Nightmare (1991, short), Amnesia (1992), Two Small Bodies (1993), Under Lock and Key (1993), High Heel Nights (1994), Out of Sight, Out of Mind (1995), Visiting Desire (1996), Breathe In, Breathe Out (2001, doc), Downloading Sex (2002, segment director – as Beth B.), The Investigators (2001-2007, TV series), Exposed (2013, doc), Call Her Applebroog (2016, doc), Lydia Lunch – The War Is Never Over (2019, doc)

More info: Wikipedia, Beth B

Beth B at IFFR

  • Two small bodies

    Two children have disappeared without trace. Detective interrogates mother very penetratingly.

    • Das kleine Fernsehspiel
  • Breathe In, Breathe Out

    An often intensely moving documentary in which US indie film-maker Beth B. returns to Vietnam with three American soldiers whose lives and relationshi

    • main programme features
  • Lydia Lunch – The War Is Never Over

    Beth B shot this documentary about her peer and fellow underground icon Lydia Lunch, who is still passionately fighting patriarchy.

    • Beth B: War Is Never Over
  • Two Small Bodies

    A cop accuses a young strip-club hostess of killing her own children − a powerful exercise in female humiliation.

    • Beth B: War Is Never Over
  • The Dominatrix Sleeps Tonight

    Hairspray, skin and eyeliner on full display as a gang of leather-clad, powerful women take over a traditionally male domain.

    • Beth B: War Is Never Over
  • Black Box

    An innocent youth is abducted and tortured without any culpability. This seminal No Wave film is a terrifying allegory of societal repression.

    • Beth B: War Is Never Over
  • Amnesia

    A chilling cautionary tale, Amnesia is a stark and uncompromising portrayal of the escalation of xenophobic sentiment in a neo-conservative climate.

    • Beth B: War Is Never Over
  • Exposed

    Cutting-edge performers are taking hold of a dismissed art form, burlesque, and driving it to extremes that most people have never seen.

    • Beth B: War Is Never Over
  • Belladonna

    A number of somber talking heads frankly describe their most personal and perverse attitudes on sex, violence and other family matters.

    • Beth B: War Is Never Over