Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin

This event took place Jan 22 - Feb 20, 2019

$12 General Admission
$9 Student/Senior
$7 Member

Arwen Curry
1h 8m

Visiting Artist

Director Arwen Curry in attendance on Jan. 24! Q&A to follow 7:30pm screening, with introduction to precede 9:15pm screening.


Post-screening discussion facilitated by Washington Ensemble Theatre Associate Artistic Director, Bobbin Ramsey, and Director of Development, Erika Bailey.


** Co-presented with Washington Ensemble Theatre and The Magazine of Glamorous Refusal! **

Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin is a feature documentary exploring the remarkable life and legacy of the late feminist author Ursula K. Le Guin. Best known for groundbreaking science fiction and fantasy works such as A Wizard of Earthsea, The Left Hand of Darkness, and The Dispossessed, Le Guin definitely held her ground on the margin of “respectable” literature until the sheer excellence of her work, at long last, forced the mainstream to embrace fantastic literature. Her fascinating story has never before been captured on film.

Produced with Le Guin’s participation over the course of a decade, Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin is a journey through the writer’s career and her worlds, both real and fantastic. Viewers will join the writer on an intimate journey of self-discovery as she comes into her own as a major feminist author, opening new doors for the imagination and inspiring generations of women and other marginalized writers along the way. The film features stunning animation and reflections by literary luminaries including Margaret Atwood, Neil Gaiman, David Mitchell, Michael Chabon, and more.


NOTE: We’re inviting attendees to read a favorite Ursula K. Le Guin poem or excerpt (<1 min.) before each screening! Upon purchasing your ticket online, please let us know which screening, and we’ll accommodate as many readers as we can in the 5 minutes preceding each show.

Preceded by "Kesh," a short film by Vanessa Renwick

Always Coming Home
A white dog with blue eyes, returning home when old.
A people at home in the left coast wilds as the animals they are. Some half human.
North Owl, half person, raised by a woman of the matriarchal Valley, fathered by a passing Condor warrior.
She said to me, “I am here”.
Little Bear Woman, Ursula. Leaping over and through, negative as positive, dreaming our flooded future’s past.
Lullabies on wings soaring forward. Ravens slowly spinning, slicing, a dance suspended. To go is to return.
– Vanessa Renwick

This video was made for the re-release on LP of the cassette of “Music and Poetry of the Kesh,” a soundtrack that Todd Barton and Ursula K. Le Guin made to accompany her book Always Coming Home

(Vanessa Renwick, US, 2018, digital video, 3 min)
Score: Todd Barton & Ursula K. Le Guin
Cinematographer: Bob Landis
Edit: Eric Macey & Vanessa Renwick

From the desk of The Magazine of Glamorous Refusal:

From the desk of The Magazine of Glamorous Refusal:

At The Magazine of Glamorous Refusal, we celebrate the courage it takes to set aside social norms and listen to your own voice. Ursula K. Le Guin was a pioneer of glamorous refusal, writing science fiction in a man’s world, championing non-violent anarchism, and pushing feminism forward. Le Guin used her art to challenge the dominant power dynamic and change the conversation. She deliberately made the majority of her characters people of color and created matriarchal worlds led by strong women. If refusal is an essential and esteemed ingredient to a progressive world, Le Guin shows us art can be its vehicle. In her words, “any human power can be resisted and changed by human beings. Resistance and change often begin in art.

Attendees on January 24 will receive a complimentary copy of The Magazine of Glamorous Refusal Issue 01, which will also be available for purchase in the lobby before the January 30–31 screenings.

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