"My sister, Susan, is four years older than me. We have little in common except our growing-up years near Missoula, Montana, and a fierce, immutable bond. I looked up to her always, for reasons I can’t even name.
"Our parents were divorced by the time we were teenagers, and in 1984, at the age of 18, Suz married her childhood sweetheart. Within six months, she was diagnosed with throat cancer. It came from nowhere, and it stopped everything. Incredibly, she survived. I wavered for years--gave up my basketball scholarship, moved around, discovered painting, grew up and fell in love--but I never stopped worrying about her.
"Two years ago this November, at the age of 45, Susan was diagnosed with cancer in her brain, liver and lung. “Stage 4,” they said, and she is still fighting.
"I wanted to paint us at another, happier time and, in the process, understand more about my love for my sister. I discovered a series of photographs from the mid-70s that my mom took and annotated for my grandparents, and these pictures from Kicking Horse Reservoir provide the material for this series. My mom’s inscriptions on the back of the photos gave the paintings their names.
"Here we are with my dad, a fisherman and taxidermist. It looks like he was catching bass that day. I caught sunfish, and Suz, perch. I imagine I was happy to be alone with my family, on the other side of my mother’s encouraging lens. Everything we needed was right there in the camper, and we were safe."
Stacy Govi received her bachelor’s in art from the University of Montana, and has been painting on and off ever since. Having worked as a hotshot firefighter, waitress, and UPS package car driver, she went on to a career in operations and manufacturing and recently took up marketing and design.
Stacy moved to Williamstown in 2008 with her partner, Elizabeth Burnett. They live on Green River with their dogs, Dolly Dolittle and Rosie Valentine, where Stacy’s painting studio is the biggest, sunniest room in the house.
For more of her work or to reach Stacy, please visit www.stacygovi.com.
Monday, September 22 at 7pm
Free Screening! Shown as part of the Davis Center Social Justice Film Series
Starring: Desiree Akhavan, Halley Feiffer, Scott Adsit
For Shirin, being part of a perfect Persian family isn’t easy. Acceptance eludes her from all sides: her family doesn’t know she’s bisexual, and her ex-girlfriend, Maxine, can’t understand why she doesn’t tell them. Even the six-year-old boys in her moviemaking class are too ADD to focus on her for more than a second. Following a family announcement of her brother’s betrothal to a parentally approved Iranian prize catch, Shirin embarks on a private rebellion involving a series of pansexual escapades, while trying to decipher what went wrong with Maxine.
“Somehow manages to work with the coming-out narrative in a refreshingly honest (and hilarious) manner — without a hint of cliché or cheesiness.”
Shown as part of the Davis Center Social Change Film Series. Sponsored by the Davis Center.
The Unknown Known
Sunday, November 16 at 8pm
Errol Morris' portrait of Donald Rumsfeld. Free for Williams students. Regular ticket prices for all others.
The Unknown Known
Starring: Donald Rumsfeld
In The Unknown Known, Errol Morris offers a portrait of Donald Rumsfeld, one of the key architects of the Iraq War, and a larger-than-life character who provoked equal levels of fury and adulation from the American public. Rather than conducting a conventional interview, Morris has Rumsfeld perform and expound on his “snowflakes,” tens of thousands of memos (many never previously published) he composed as a congressman and as an advisor to four different presidents, twice as Secretary of Defense. These memos provide a window onto history—not history as it actually happened, but history as Rumsfeld wants us to see it. Morris makes plain that Rumsfeld’s “snowflakes”—whether intended to elucidate, rationalize, obfuscate, or control history—are contradicted by the facts.
- Director: Errol Morris
- Rating: PG-13
- Runtime: 1 hour 53 minutes
- Genre: Documentary
“It's hard to believe a story this serious can be told in such an involving way, but that is one of this expert documentarian's greatest gifts.”
– Kenneth Turan, LA Times
Sponsored by the Williams College English Department