Ovarian Psycos

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USA | 2016 | 72 minutes | Joanna Sokolowski, Kate Trumbull-LaValle

The Ovarian Psycos Cycle Brigade, a new generation of women of color in East Los Angeles, confront the violence in their lives, redefine identity, and build community by putting their feminist ideals in motion with raucous, irreverent activism.

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Eastside Los Angeles seems to buzz with energy as a group of women (and woman-identified) cyclists take over the streets. Led by founder and single mother Xela and street artist Andi, this group calls themselves the Ovarian Psycos, and their mission is to provide community and support for young women—especially at-risk women of color—through the organization of a bicycling brigade. Brandishing black bandannas on their faces decorated with images of fallopian tubes, the "Ovas" plan rides to raise awareness about domestic abuse and social injustices, to celebrate the lunar cycles, and simply to provide a safe space for those who are searching for some sort of belonging. Taking cues from the feminist and Chicano movements of the '70s and incorporating their own brand of DIY activism, Xela and Andi have worked hard to provide an environment of sisterhood, confidence, and unapologetic visibility since their group formed in 2010. Ovarian Psycos is a consciously non-intrusive documentary that focuses on the Ovas' inspirational evolution, and also showcases the unique complexities and struggles of the women involved.

Director Biography
Kate Trumbull-LaValle and Joanna Sokolowski met in graduate school and bonded over a shared commitment to produce intimate, nuanced portraits of the contemporary female experience. The duo formed Sylvia Frances Films in 2013, named after their mothers' first names, to produce their first feature documentary, Ovarian Psycos.

Sponsored by Seattle University Film Studies, KING 5

  • Director: Joanna Sokolowski, Kate Trumbull-LaValle
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 2016
  • Running Time: 72 minutes
  • Producer: Joanna Sokolowski, Kate Trumbull-LaValle
  • Cinematographers: Michael Raines
  • Editors: Victoria Chalk
  • Music: Jimmy LaValle
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: Debut Feature Film
  • Language: English
  • Format: DCP