The slogan on the original movie poster read, “Fun, adventure, romance on $75 a week” (double the CP salary – just kidding). Though mostly plotless, the movie follows the work and personal lives of the staff members of a paper on the brink of sale to a corporate publisher. There are love triangles, parties, fights, sexual harassment, and big egos at play, all while the staff tries to put together a paper every week.
Though there are obvious differences between the paper in the movie and CP, there are also striking similarities, from the low pay and long hours to the staff rapport and hunger for local news. The gender politics of the movie are also refreshingly honest for the time period (maybe because it was directed by a woman, even more rare for the time). The women in the movie don’t keep quiet when they deal with harassment from bosses or cocky male writers.
Come out to the screening and ask CP (almost) anything about working at an alt-weekly, and how it compares to 1977.
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