Black-and-white film fest honors Frumpy Mom

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by Lorain County Moms

By Marla Jo Fisher, The Orange County Register

When I was a baby, my mom was driving our family car with me lying on the seat next to her, when she dropped her cigarette onto my head.

I promptly showed my disapproval of this, in an age-appropriate fashion.

My mom then freaked out, tried to get the cancer stick off my head, and crashed her car into a tree.

I bring this up, because my kids act like I just dropped a cigarette on their heads when I try to make them watch a black-and-white movie. And then crashed the car.

In the spring, I wrote about “Stuff That Old Moms Like,” and I said the kids detest B&W flicks, though when I actually ignore the weeping and wailing and force them to watch one, they usually like it.

After that column ran, I heard from a guy named Jim Doti, who’s president of Chapman University in Orange. Despite being a Big Cheese university president, Jim is not stuffy at all and in fact is a pretty funny guy.

We started emailing each other back and forth about our favorite B&W movies, and, before I knew it, Jim was saying he was going to launch an outdoor movie festival at Chapman based on our ideas.

This is the kind of stuff you get to do when you’re a Big Cheese.

Well, then as you may remember, I went to brain-tumor-land for several months, and I forgot all about this.

Until recently, when I got an email inviting me as guest of honor to “Jim and casablancaMarla’s Black-and-White Film Festival,” which kicks off with the great classic, “Casablanca.” The festival goes until November.

Now, I’ve never had a film festival named after me before, so my head started to swell pretty fast.

Then, I looked at the lineup, and I realized none of my favorite comedies were on the list.

In fact, all the movies that got selected are Serious, which sort of violates the Frumpy Middle-aged Mom mandate.

However, I am still completely thrilled at the honor, and plan to be there Sept. 11 with Curly Girl, who, believe it or not, actually LIKES “Casablanca” after being forced already to watch it twice. (Cheetah Boy is at a Boy Scout campout).

I’m planning to have a brief trivia contest beforehand and give away some useless stuff. Just look for me. I’m the fat in the hat.

Marla Jo Fisher was a workaholic before she adopted two foster kids several years ago. Now she juggles work and single parenting, while being exhorted from everywhere to be thinner, smarter, sexier, healthier, more frugal, a better mom, better dressed and a tidier housekeeper. Contact her at Read her blog at rla-jo-fisher/.

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