Virtual Movie Night: "Grandma's Bottle Village" + Filmmaker Q&A

Grandma Prisbrey's Bottle Village. Photo:

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In 1956, Tressa Prisbrey began construction of her now-famous bottle village. Her first building was just a small structure to house her collection of 17,000 commemorative pencils. In the film, Grandma Prisbrey is captured at 84, a vivacious guide to her brilliant houses crammed with objects scavenged from the county dump. At her wittiest, she sings, jokes with her older sister, and combs through the dump. The movie is produced & directed by Allie Light and Irving Saraf and has been called by AVAM founder and director Rebecca Hoffberger as "the finest film ever made on any visionary artist."

A post-screening audience Q&A with Academy Award-winning filmmaker Allie Light follows, moderated by AVAM founder and director Rebecca Hoffberger.

"Grandma's Bottle Village: The Art of Tressa Prisbreyā€¯ produced & directed by Allie Light and Irving Saraf. Light-Saraf Films, San Francisco 1982. Running time 28:30 minutes.

The screening is made possible through the generous permission of Allie Light.

For more information about the conservation of Bottle Village visit