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Feminism seems to be the scariest word in the English language. But not for those of us who experienced the game-changing awakening that was the Women’s Movement of the 1970s. Growing up in the fifties and sixties meant not only second class citizenship legally, but 2nd class human being-ship: not invited to the party of medicine, art, law, education, science, religion, except maybe as the secretary. Our film, FEMINISTS: What were they thinking? digs deep into our personal experiences of sexism and of liberation, and follows this ever-challenging dialogue right into the 21st century. We are taking it personally.
ABOUT THE FILM
In the late ‘70s, Cynthia MacAdams, an actress turned photographer, was roaming the streets of Los Angeles and New York photographing women. She did it, she said, because something new was happening in women and she wanted to see if it showed up in photographs. Laurie Anderson, Anne Waldman, Gloria Steinem, Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda, Kate Millett, Patti Smith, Michelle Phillips, Judy Chicago, Marisol Escobar, Meredith Monk stopped what they were doing and looked into her lens. And many others, whose names and faces may not be so familiar but their struggle is--they stopped and looked too. And out of it came a book called EMERGENCE.
From this “moment” in history, each woman tells of her personal experiences as a little girl, a teenager and a grown woman--stories of frustration, of limitations and of separation that one never forgets. We intercut these personal stories with footage from commercials, movies, news, music, television, the culture of the 50s & 60s and the culture NOW. Some things have changed, some remain the same. Some are even worse. Then for each woman, there is the very personal moment of awakening to her own precious sense of identity. And at the same time, there is the exhilarating challenge of the women’s movement. As we go from the photos to the culture, scenes play off the women’s private moments with humor, devastating reality, and even joy, building to the present moment. What has changed? What remains the same? Where are we now? How can this dialogue with history help women around the world? Oh, and did I say it’s personal?
WHY ARE WE MAKING THIS FILM?
This film is a long time coming. The Women’s Movement isn’t just about changing laws or challenging customs. It’s about awakening half the human race to full personhood and inspiring the other half to come to the dance. That’s a lot of cultural habit to liberate ourselves from. And we believe the most profound changes are the ones that come to us in personal ways. We want to bring those stories, into the 21st century, to explore the dialogue of today with young women who still face many of the most profound barriers we faced 40 years ago.
We need to raise $75,000 to finish shooting our interviews -- the personal stories that are the heart of the film. With those interviews, we can build the film around the cultural changes that are still happening today.
Please help us reach our goal. Thank you!
THE FILMMAKING TEAM
DIRECTOR/PRODUCER - Johanna Demetrakas
Demetrakas directed and produced Crazy Wisdom: The Life and Times of Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche. Her first documentary, Womanhouse, about a ground-breaking feminist art installation, won the AFI Independent Filmmakers Grant and a place in the Whitney Museum’s New American Filmmaker Series. Her second doc, Right Out of History: The Making of Judy Chicago’s Dinner Party, aired on PBS and the BBC after acclaim at the London and Berlin Film Festivals. Her documentaries have been in many museum collections and shows, including the major exhibit, “Los Angeles 1955 – 1985,” at the Pompidou Museum in Paris, 2006. Since winning the Discovery Program Award and making the dramatic short Homesick in 1989 (Sundance, Houston Fest winner, Showtime broadcast), her dramatic fiction credits include LA Law, Doogie Howser, MD, and the Lifetime television feature Out of Line, starring Jennifer Beals. In 2004, Demetrakas produced, directed, and edited a two-hour special Biography of Richard Gere for A&E. Her editing credits include Amandla! A Revolution in Four Part Harmony which won both the Audience and Freedom of Expression Awards at Sundance (2002) and was nominated for an Emmy for editing. She co-directed and edited Busrider’s Union with the legendary cinematographer Haskell Wexler. She has collaborated with Renee Tajima-Pena on several films, including My America, or Honk if You Love Buddha, and the upcoming No Mas Bebes. She has taught at Cal Arts and is now on the faculty at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts.
EDITOR - Kate Amend, ACE
Kate Amend is the editor of two Academy Award-Winning Documentary features-- INTO THE ARMS OF STRANGERS and THE LONG WAY HOME--and is the recipient of the International Documentary Association’s inaugural award for Outstanding Achievement in Editing. Amend also received the 2001 American Cinema Editors’ Eddie award for INTO THE ARMS OF STRANGERS, and edited the 2001 Oscar-nominated documentary short ON TIPTOE: Gentle Steps to Freedom. Her most recent film, THE CASE AGAINST 8, was an award-winner at the 2014 Sundance, South by Southwest, Vail, and RiverRun Film Festivals. Amend was recently elected to the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and sits on the Board of Directors of the American Cinema Editors. She is on the faculty of the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California, and has been an advisor at the Sundance Institute Documentary Editing and Storytelling Lab since June 2004. Kate has appeared on panels for the Sundance Film Festival, Vancouver International Film Festival, Los Angeles International Film Festival, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, International Documentary Association, and American Cinema Editors.
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER – Cheryl Swannack
Cheryl Swannack began her producing career in college while receiving a Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture. Her first event was presenting R.Buckminister Fuller which set the tone for events heavy on content. Over the years she added comedy to her interests including events with Marga Gomez in Pretty, Witty and Gay, Kathy Najimy and Mo Gaffney in The Kathy & Mo Show and Parallel Lives off-Broadway productions, and from the Netherlands, Freek de Jonge in The One and Kiujpers & Holla in Solo-Duo. Swannack spent 7 years working with Lily Tomlin and Jane Wagner touring Appearing Nightly and producing and developing The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe. The Search ran for over 400 performances and won a Tony and the New York Drama Desk award. She was instrumental in the development of The Women's Building, a Los Angeles cultural center, performance and gallery space. She has worked with Judy Chicago, June Wayne, Sheila de Bretteville, Arlene Raven and Kate Millett. Swannack's film and television credits include Is There Anybody Out There , NOVA, Marc Huestes' SEX IS, Lily for President, Lily Sold Out and All of Me.
Risks and challenges
The risks are minimal. We are currently in production and have already shot many of the interviews for this film. Our team is in place including our executive producer, director, cinematographer, producers, editor, assistants and interns who are all committed to completing this film. We need to raise $75,000 to finish shooting our interviews-- the personal stories that are the heart of the film. With those interviews, we can build the film around the cultural changes that are still happening today.
Our goal is to finish shooting the film by the end of Spring 2015 and start editing in the Summer of 2015 and have a locked picture before the end of the year.
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