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Three Women

Three Women is a compelling portrait of three creative, contemporary African-American women friends from the South Side of Chicago. The film explores their current creative pursuits, interspersed with their perspectives on growing up in segregated communities and how racism affected their families.

Anthony Rizzo | 1 hr 11 min | United States | English

Director’s Note

Anthony Rizzo is a Cuban-Sicilian-American filmmaker from Chicago, IL. His fascination with film began in first grade, where he spent more time drawing comics than practicing math, igniting a life-long love affair with multi-disciplinary, visual storytelling. In 2011, he attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he wrote, directed, acted in, and composed music for the feature-length film, Every Woman is Time (2012). It tells the story of a young man who tries to uncover the identity of his estranged sister through the films she made. In the ensuing years, he has completed several freelance videos for various marketing campaigns and collaborative film projects. Notable among them are a series of videos for Linda Tate, a Jazz Vocalist, Songwriter, and Composer, which culminated in the production of the feature-length documentary, Three Women (2018), shot and directed by Anthony, and produced and scored by Linda. 

It tells the tale of three friends, artists and African-American women, who rekindle their decades-old friendship, and reveal a complex and inspiring racial history. Anthony is interested in the minutia of the human experience, and in challenging forms of perception.

Three Women began as a short film project about the recent creative activities of three long-time friends who grew up on the South Side of Chicago, IL. After a single conversation that I documented, Linda, Beth, and Gail revealed an interconnecting narrative about their complex racial identities, roles in the African-American legacy, and deep friendship that has spanned several decades. In the following two years of production, I was compelled to tell their stories by a need to do justice to them, which in turn awakened a desire to unearth the legacy of my own ancestors. In a time in American history when we routinely emphasize our differences, I want to invite the audience to find themselves in Three Women.