The Men's Room Animated Satire about the Academy Awards

February 03, 2006 (PRLEAP.COM) Business News
— The Menís Room is director Gladys Bensimonís new animated film satirizing Hollywoodís history of male domination. "In itís 76 years the Academy Awards have essentially disregarded women as film directors" said Ms. Bensimon. Exploring the history of the Academy Awards with brutal satire, the animated characters of The Menís Room say things that living actors simply canít get away with. As seen in the pilot episode, the characters inhabiting The Menís Room are commonly named ďDickĒ, their look is not grotesque, but rather comical. "They point out the absurdity of our world, and the even more absurd opinions we have about it", said Ms. Bensimon.

The Menís Room which was originally developed as a pilot for a cable series, has been selected in numerous festivals, including the 2005 New York IFP Market in the short narrative category, The NY Big Apple Film Festival, The Golden Lion Film Festival, and the 2006 Tiburon Film Festival. Also, Canal Plus screened a clip of The Menís Room at the opening of the 2005 Cannes Film Festival. Ms. Bensimon is currently looking for a cable deal for her series.

Gladys Bensimon is a script writer/director, President of HBR Production Company. Working in a wide range of genres, from feature to animation, she wrote and directed Man in Red, a wacky comedy about love, loss and lingerie on a shoe-string budget which was shot in various locales in New York and New Jersey. The filmmaker raised the money privately; approaching family and friends, because she knew the provocative subject matter would make traditional routes more difficult. "Man In Red" blurs the line between heterosexuality and homosexuality, an ambiguity that some people find quite uncomfortable.

Compared to the exuberant Spanish director Pedro Almodovar ("Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!", "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown") the often irreverent Bensimon has a surprisingly serious side and has won several awards for her documentary work dealing with some very crucial social issues. "The Legal Process" won the 1993 Television Documentary from the National Commission on Child Abuse and Missing and Exploited Children. In 1997, The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and the Johnson & Johnson awarded Ms. Bensimon a grant to co-produce and direct "The Silent Victims Speak", a three-part series on domestic violence from a child's perspective, which went on to win the National Media Award Competition and has been featured in PBS., and won several awards for her bold documentaries ďDomestic Violence: The Legal ProcessĒ, ďRoll CallĒ, and ďSilent Victims SpeakĒ also in distribution. The Menís Room is also a pilot for a television series comedy presently in discussion for an existing late night sketch comedy show.

In addition to The Menís Room, and Man in Red, Gladys Bensimonís newest adventure is the recently released book Paha Saha: Black Hills. Geared for a young audience, the book is based on Gladys Bensimonís original film script, and adapted by herself and novelist Sheila Marin-Berry. The Paha Sapa: Black Hills book is available at Amazon.com, Borders, Barnes and Nobel.com, New York Museums, and other books stores. The book is also available in some public schools and libraries in New York, and New Jersey.