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NYWIFT Preservation Fund Screening: The Last To Know

Join us for this month's NYWIFT Screening Series: The Last to Know directed by Bonnie Friedman. The Last to Know was preserved with a grant from NYWIFT's Women's Film Preservation Fund.

Filmmakers will be available for a Q&A after the screening. A reception will follow at Cellar 58 on 2nd Avenue between 3rd and 4th Streets.


The Last To Know
Bonnie Friedman (Director)
1981, 45 min, 16mm

The Last To Know was the first documentary about women and alcoholism and prescription drug use. Preserved by NYWIFT's Women's Film Preservation Fund, the film focuses on four women of disparate backgrounds and lifestyles, combining scholarly, social and historical analysis with personal interviews. Still relevant today, The Last to Know brought to public attention a hidden aspect of American life and showed how the medical community, the media and society at large frequently aided in perpetuating these abuses.



Bonnie Friedman has worked on over 200 film and video projects. She began making social issue documentaries as a member of the Newsreel collective, and was one of a few women to work in the Newsreel film lab, timing, printing and processing 16mm films. In 1972, she co-founded one of the first women's run film companies, Pandora Educational Film Center Inc., and produced, directed, and filmed many award winning films including The Last to Know and The Flashettes. She has been a member of New Day Films, the filmmaker run distribution collective for over 40 years and is the executive director of Pandora, which is currently producing the Sundance-supported Acorn and the Firestorm.

Special Thanks to the Reserve Film and Video Collection of
The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
for the print of The Last To Know.


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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