Island’s Weezie Mott Subject of New Film

File photo    Weezie Mott, right, working with culinary consultant Rosemary Mark in her kitchen last year.

Alameda resident and longtime cooking school owner Weezie Mott is the subject of a new documentary on her life by Bay Area filmmaker Elizabeth Sher which premieres this Sunday, Nov. 17, at 5 p.m. at Alameda Theatre & Cineplex. 

The film, Weezie Mott, Still Cookin’, focuses on the 96-year-old Mott’s longevity and continued energy and has been paired with an additional film Collaging Cultures on octagenarian and Berkeley resident Edith Hillinger. The two films will be released at a fundraiser called “Edith and Weezie: Age is Just a Number.” Each film lasts 20 minutes and will be followed with a question-and-answer session. 

Weezie Mott: Still Cookin’ co-created by Alameda resident Maggie Simpson Adams, profiles Mott from her upbringing in Colorado, to joining the Navy as a nurse in World War II, to living with her naval attaché husband Howard in Turkey and Italy. She finally landed in “this pretty pretty island of Alameda” where she founded her cooking school. Now in her 10th decade, she continues to run Weezie Mott’s Cooking School from her home.

Collaging Cultures tells the story of Berkeley artist Hillinger’s life beginning in Berlin, escaping to Turkey with her parents when the Nazis came to power, emigrating to Canada, then to New York City and finally landing in Berkeley. Her artwork in collage is inspired by the Arabic patterns and colors of her childhood. 

Her lifelong interest in botany led to work in watercolors where she examines the smallest aspects of petals and leaves to “make the insignificant significant.” Lame since polio struck her as an infant, now in her ninth decade she continues to live a full life of travel, friends and, of course, always art.

Sher is a longtime Bay Area filmmaker and professor emerita from California College of the Arts (formerly CCAC) where she taught art and media arts for more than three decades. Adams is a filmmaker and installation artist. She teaches computer science and media arts at Mission High School in San Francisco. 

Tickets cost $10 at the door and will support Island City Opera and East Bay Humane Society. 
To learn more, write liz1943@gmail.com or call 908-8004. Alameda Theatre & Cineplex is located at 2317 Central Ave.