Lifetime Guarantee: Phranc’s Adventures in Plastics premieres June 21

BY Advocate.com Editors

June 21 2001 12:00 AM ET

The San Francisco International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival will premiere Lifetime Guarantee: Phranc’s Adventures in Plastics at the Herbst Theatre on Thursday, June 21, according to SFGate.com. Lisa Udelson’s documentary follows self-styled “all-American Jewish lesbian folksinger” Phranc as she rises through the ranks of the Tupperware ladies (i.e., women who sell Tupperware, not a musical group). Phranc initially entered the world of self-sealing storage containers as a means of staying off the road and being close to her partner and young daughters in Los Angeles. She soon thereafter became, as she puts it, “nipped by the Tupper spirit” and entered wholeheartedly into the enterprise. Filmmaker Udelson, who was at Phranc’s first Tupperware party, knew she had a subject when, to illustrate a point, Phranc “picked up that guitar.” Udelson says, “I practically tackled her to the floor, I wanted to make a film with her so badly.” Highlights of the movie include Phranc attending a Tupperware convention in her signature flat-top, jeans, and polka-dot tie. Phranc (née Susan Gottlieb) has found sorority in the Tupperware community, stating, “Tupperware acknowledges women in a way that’s very special.” The Herbst Theatre is at 401 Van Ness Avenue. For more information, call (925) 275-9490 or visit the festival Web site at www.frameline.org.

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