The Hidden Women of Rosie's Place
KIPPY - Docudrama about the Kip Tiernan, Founder of Rosie’s Place (pictured above). Screenplay by Beth Healy and Gail Phaneuf 2018
Genre: Drama based on a true story
It was a shocking sight even amid the blight of 1970s Boston: Women disguised as men to get a bowl of soup at a shelter. Kip Tiernan becomes a fiery advocate for the poor, fighting the forces of power and privilege to launch Rosie’s Place, the first homeless shelter for women in the United States, with impractical goals – humanity, love, and flowers on the tables.
About this Work:
“Who gets the condo and who gets the cardboard box?”
Kip Tiernan is an extraordinary character and a force of nature who changes the face of social justice in Boston and inspires a generation of activists. Passionate and salty-tongued, she brings a well of outrage and empathy to the plight of the poor and homeless. She possessed an extraordinary gift for connecting with both the powerful and the voiceless.
She morphs from a World War II-era beauty into a tomboy at mid-life. She rises to prominence in the 70s and 80s while women are still fighting for a seat at the table. Gay before it was acceptable, Kip would say “love is just love".
While fighting to comfort poor women, Kip faces her own demons and the cold indifference of a city unwilling to see the suffering in its midst. The challenges come brutally fast, when serving coffee just isn’t enough and morphs into hunting for beds, trying to save lives, and battling neighbors who don’t want Rosie’s to exist. A cataclysmic ending reveals the uncertainty of life, an abiding sense of humanity, and the specter of a rising “poverty industry” that Kip had long predicted.
Her passions were many, from writing musicals and playing jazz piano, to the women she sets out to save – and who save her. Through Kip’s story, we see the power of what one person can do.
Other work / including video and sound editing
SHATTERED SILENCE – Action/Adventure. Script by Gail Phaneuf and Richard Pacheco. 2001
Documentary Film Editing, sound editing and story content for short films using Adobe Premiere.
DRESS. Documentary about how girls and boys feel about wearing dresses. Beth Healy/Gail Phaneuf
TO HAVE AND TO HOLD. Gay Marriage Documentary by Beth Healy, editing by Gail Phaneuf
PAULSON LANE. Documentary of a Newton Family home, by Beth Healy, editing by Gail Phaneuf
GRAM AND RUTH. Family stories of two elderly sisters - editing and content by Gail Phaneuf and Beth Healy.