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Women's Film Preservation Fund screening: Feminist Films of the 70's

The Film Society of Lincoln Center will premiere the newly restored prints of three landmark 16 mm films from 1970 - Make Out, Growing Up Female, and Janie’s Janie - each preserved with a grant from The Women’s Film Preservation Fund, a project of New York Women in Film & Television. These films, emerging at the onset of feminism's second wave, were a strong part of that movement's politically driven cinema.

Make Out
, co-created by Geri Ashur, Andrea Eagan, Marcia Salo Rizzi and Deborah Shaffer and co-directed by Ashur and Peter Schlaifer, shows a young couple making out in a car while a voice over reveals the young woman’s real thoughts about what is happening; Growing Up Female, directed by Julia Reichert and Jim Klein, lyrically examines the socialization of American women and looks at the ways their lives and self-concepts are shaped by the institution of marriage, school, advertising and popular culture;  Janie's Janie, created by the Filmmaker Collective and combining the talents of Geri Ashur, Bev Grant, Marilyn Mulford, Stephanie Palewski and Peter Barton uses both interviews and verité material to make a kind of “personal documentary” which follows a woman as she comes to realize that she has to control her own life, after years of experiencing physical and mental abuse.

After the screening, there will be a panel discussion and Q&A with award-winning filmmakers Deborah Shaffer, Julia Reichert, Stephanie Palewski, Marilyn Mulford, Jim Klein, and Peter Barton, moderated by Marjorie Rosen. The screening will be followed by a reception.

Peter Barton is an award-winning independent filmmaker, author and activist who has taught filmmaking at New York University, Columbia University, and Bennington College and served in the Peace Corps. 

Jim Klein is a founder and active member of the filmmaker run distribution cooperative, New Day Films, and has been an activist social issue filmmaker for forty years, with six nationally broadcast documentaries, two academy award nominations, and multiple screenings and awards at most of the major film festivals around the world.

Marilyn Mulford
has worked in all aspects of documentary and experimental filmmaking for many years and her films have won awards including an Academy Award Nomination.

Stephanie Palewski
is a Peabody and Emmy Award winning Editor at 60 Minutes who also teaches journalism at Brooklyn College Department of Television and Radio.

Julia Reichert
has three Academy Award nominations and has won the Primetime Emmy for Exceptional Merit in Non-Fiction Filmmaking.  She is a co-founder of New Day Films and a Professor at Wright State University in Ohio.

Deborah Shaffer,
winner of an Academy Award, an Emmy and recipient of the Irene Diamond Lifetime Achievement Award for Human Rights Filmaking, has been directing and producing award-winning social issue documentaries since the early seventies, most recently completing To Be Heard. Make Out was her first film in collaboration with New York Newsreel.

Marjorie Rosen, a professor of journalism and film at Lehman College-CUNY, is the author of the seminal book, Popcorn Venus: Women, Movies, & the American Dream, and more recently, Boom Town: How Wal*Mart Transformed an All-American Town into an International Community.

Preservation of Janie's Janie and Make Out were made possible, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council


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NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts