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Goodnight Ladies

Directed by Christianna Potter Hannum. US. 2012. 35 minutes. Swim Pictures. DVD.
Thu., April 14, 2016
April 14, 2016
6:30 pm

General Admission. $10 per person, Colonial Members $8

Please join us in welcoming filmmaker Christianna Potter Hannum to the Colonial Theatre to preview her film in its first ever showing in a historic theatre. Following the film, Christy will be on hand for a talk back.

Goodnight Ladies is a 35 minute documentary short film that tells the story of one of the worlds most famous Master of Fox Hounds, Nancy Penn Smith Hannum, and the legacy she left behind. Breaking every bone in her body over a lifetime of fast horses and big fences, Hannum was known the world over and celebrated by Alfred Hitchcock, Sports Illustrated, and Life Magazine. Yet, Hannum cared only for the open land, horses and hounds. Goodnight Ladies is the tale of a modern day Artemis, an ancient sport and Nancy Hannums struggle to protect a world she inherited. For her granddaughter, filmmaker Christianna, Goodnight Ladies is a tiny window into the universal mortality of a woman at the end of her life – a legend no one ever believed would be gone. Super 16 mm film with animation.

Christianna Hannum was born on a farm in Pennsylvania and spent her childhood riding horses with her grandmother – a legendary horsewoman and one of the worlds greatest Masters of Foxhunting. Hannum founded Swim Pictures in order to make a feature film Keeping Sound, which later became Goodnight Ladies. She worked with celebrated artists, animator Emily Hubley (Hedwig and the Angry Inch), editor, Ray Hubley and cinematographer, David Leitner to create Goodnight Ladies. Hannum works as a writer and a fundraiser, and serves on the Curatorial Committee for the Delaware Center for Contemporary Art. She is currently part of an installation, Twelve Women with Philadelphia artist John Wind. Hannum lives in Kennett Square, PA with her children. Goodnight Ladies is her first film.