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Mar 28 2024

Lizzie Borden: Regrouping

March 28, 2024

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM America/Chicago

Black and white still shot from Lizzie Borden's film


Gene Siskel Film Center, Theatre 1


164 N. State Street, Chicago, IL 60601

Join GWS for a screening of the film "Regrouping," followed by a discussion with the filmmaker Lizzie Borden.

About the Film: Lizzie Borden’s daring first feature is a shapeshifting portrait of a women’s collective and the slippery relationship between a filmmaker and her subjects. When the collective breaks down, the film similarly fragments, with the introduction of fictional characters, disjunctive sounds and images, and multi-textual observations by artists outside the group, including Joan Jonas, Barbara Kruger, Nancy Holt, and Kathryn Bigelow, resulting in a rich and complicated depiction of 1970s feminism. The collective protested Borden’s final cut after Regrouping’s 1976 premiere and Borden shelved the film for many years. Now, with the participants’ permission, it is circulating once more in a restoration by Anthology Film Archives.

About the Filmmaker: Lizzie Borden is a writer, director, editor, and script consultant. Her 1983 film Born in Flames, named one of “The 50 Most Important Independent Films” by Filmmaker Magazine, has been shown at countless festivals and theaters around the world. It has been taught and written about extensively since its 1983 premiere at the Berlin Film Festival. In 2016, when the film was restored by Anthology Film Archives, New Yorker critic Richard Brody called it “a feminist masterpiece.” Borden also wrote, directed, and produced the controversial independent fiction film Working Girls, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in the Directors’ Fortnight, won a US Dramatic Special Jury Recognition at the Sundance Film Festival, and was restored by the Criterion Collection in 2021. Borden’s long-unseen 1976 film Regrouping was restored by Anthology Film Archives in 2023.

Accessibility: The Film Center is ADA accessible. Theaters are equipped with hearing-loops. CATE (Conversations at the Edge) events are presented with real-time captions (CART). For other accessibility requests, please visit or email

Co-sponsors: Presented in partnership with the School of the Art Institute, the Gene Siskel Film Center; and University of Illinois Chicago’s (UIC) College of Architecture, Design, and the Arts.

Tickets: This film screening is free for UIC students. Tickets will be available starting Sunday, March 24, at the Gene Siskel Film Center box office with a valid school ID - limit one free ticket per ID.

$13 General public
$8 Students
$6.50 Film Center members


Gender & Women's Studies

Date posted

Feb 1, 2024

Date updated

Feb 9, 2024