From the Vault: Women’s Advocacy on Film – Anything You Want to Be and Joe and Maxi

From the Vault: Women’s Advocacy on Film – Anything You Want to Be and Joe and Maxi 
Event: Sunday May 20, 2018

In celebration of NYWIFT’s 40th Anniversary, the Women’s Film Preservation Fund (WFPF) and UnionDocs (UNDO) present the film series From the Vault: Women’s Advocacy on Film which features nonfiction films that have shaped movements and provided perspectives on political, environmental, and human rights issues; and ideas around gender identity and roles, sexuality, health and family, all from a woman’s perspective. All films in the series were preserved by the WFPF.



PROGRAM 8: Sunday, May 20th, 2018, 7:30pm

Anything You Want to Be
Liane Brandon (Director)
1971, 8 min.

Anything You Want to Be explores the collision of a teenager’s dreams with social expectations and sex-role stereotypes. In a series of vignettes, a high school girl finds that, despite her parents’ assurance that she can be “anything she wants to be,” reality presents another story. It was one of the first independent films of the early women’s movement to explore the external pressures and the more subtle internal pressures a girl faces in finding her identity.

Special Guest: Director Liane Brandon


Joe and Maxi
Maxi Cohen, Joe Gold (Directors)
1973, 80 min.

Joe and Maxi is an intimate and revealing portrait of the relationship between a father and daughter. Begun as an attempt to get to know her father, Cohen’s film ended up dealing with a diagnosis of cancer and subsequent death. A breakthrough verité film, it portrays universal emotions while exposing family interactions and raising ethics issues involved in documentary filmmaking.

Special Guest: Director Maxi Cohen

Deirdre Boyle, Media Critic & Historian, Moderator, Post Screening Discussion

VENUE: UnionDocs, 322 Union Ave Brooklyn



This series is curated by
WFPF Co-Chair Kirsten Larvick,
with programming assistance from
Co-Chair Ann Deborah Levy and Raquel Salazar-Foster

Special Thanks
Christopher Allen and Jenny Miller


The Women’s Film Preservation Fund (WFPF) is the only program in the world dedicated to preserving the cultural legacy of women in the industry through preserving films made by women. Founded in 1995 by NYWIFT in conjunction with the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), WFPF has preserved more than 130 American films, across all genres, in which women have played key creative roles. The WFPF is rewriting the film history books, by saving one moving picture at a time.

UnionDocs (UNDO) is a non-profit Center for Documentary Art that presents and produces pioneering records of reality. The organization brings together a diverse community of activist artists, experimental media-makers, dedicated journalists, big thinkers, and local partners. UnionDocs is on a search for urgent expressions of the human experience, practical perspectives on the world today, and compelling visions for the future.

Anything You Want to Be (Liane Brandon, 1971)

May 20 @ 7:30pm
7:30 pm — 9:30 pm (2h)

UnionDocs 322 Union Ave Brooklyn NY

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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 Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.