Spring into support for The Passionate Pursuits of Angela Bowen

hello out there,

It is exciting for me to receive notices that folks are looking at Profile Productions.  A good number of people are interested in The Old Women’s Project and I have had a few orders of the film and the book.  This is really a great deal. Cynthia Rich has signed the book and the gift set is quite a good deal.  Of course all purchases go toward Passionate Pursuits.   We received two more wonderful reviews of Angela Bowen’s book, Out of the Blue: Aleta’s Stories (5 stars on goodreads and amazon).  Because it is independently published, it is a matter of getting the word out.  We are planning for fall screenings at universities and the events are being planned jointly by different departments, bringing students and faculty together across disciplines…just as intended. At CSULB, the women and gender department, the dance department and LGBT students are setting up the event.  I hope this will inspire some of you to bring the film to your community.  Your support is Critical.  Thank you again.  jennifer




A Documentary Film by award winning producer, Jennifer Abod, Profile Productions


                fearless, provocative, compassionate, inspirational


For over six decades, Angela Bowen has pursued her life passions  while applying the lessons and values she acquired during her youth. 

The PASSIONATE PURSUITS of Angela Bowen is a feature length documentary that begins with Bowen’s discovery of her first love – classical dance – in the Roxbury section of Boston, Massachusetts.  In the film, her stories unfold within the cultural, economic and political climate of the times.  Bowen’s desire to perform on Broadway in the 1950s was thwarted by racism.  Like so many other black performers, she had to travel to the stages of Europe to find work.  When Bowen returned to the United States, she married a young drummer and established the only black dance school in Connecticut, The Bowen Peters School of Dance, which influenced many.  During these years, she discovered the writings of black lesbian feminists, which gave her the courage to claim her own sexual identity and transform her life.


June 2012.

I want to thank those of you who have generously supported this project from the beginning.  We are very excited to announce our goal of completing the film this year.  We can do this, but only with the generous support from past friends and new supporters.  We appreciate all donations of any amount.

                                                                                                                                                                    With Gratitude,

Jennifer Abod, PhD

  Producer / Director

Angela Bowen: One Woman’s Passionate Pursuits

Stories exploring the complexity of black women’s lives are rarely told; black feminists are seldom heard or seen; and black lesbians are practically invisible.  We seldom see how the intersections of race, class, gender, age and sexuality manifests in one women’s life.  How did Bowen keep her passions alive, even in the face of poverty and bigotry, and how have her decisions affected the lives of those closest to her?


“Dance turned my world from grey to Technicolor.”


          “From the time I was a little girl, my mother always told me,

           “What’s the use of learning something if you can’t pass it along,

      and that has been with me my whole life long.”



“I see my biggest function as an advocate.  “I am a black, lesbian, feminist,

writer, activist.  I see all of these as equal functions.”



“I love my students…all of them.

Even the ones who exasperate me and whom I exasperate.”

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