For more than 40 years, Lesbian Herstory Archives cofounders Deborah Edel and Joan Nestle have worked with a small group of dedicated individuals to gather and maintain the world's largest collection of materials by and about lesbians. “Our history was disappearing as quickly as we were making it,” says Edel. And so began the effort of a small group of women in a tiny New York apartment spare bedroom to ensure that the lives and tangible manifestations of lesbian herstory and experiences would be preserved. In her film Love Letter Rescue Squad, director Megan Rossman chronicles the origins of the archive while profiling the women who created it and the challenges they face in their ongoing preservation effort.
Love Letter Rescue Squad was screened as a part of the Emerging Filmmaker Showcase at this year's Cannes Film Festival, where the film was awarded Best Student Documentary honors. Rossman created the film through the integrated media arts MFA program at Hunter College in New York City.
The film will screen at Los Angeles's Outfest Sunday at 7:15 p.m. as a part of the Silver Shorts short-film group screening at the Directors Guild of America. Click here for more information and tickets.