From the Vault: Women’s Advocacy on Film – Growing Up Female and Janie’s Janie 

Production Still: “Janie’s Janie”

From the Vault: Women’s Advocacy on Film – Growing Up Female and Janie’s Janie 

In celebration of NYWIFT’s 40th Anniversary, the Women’s Film Preservation Fund (WFPF) and UnionDocs 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 6: Sunday, March 25th, 2018, 7:30pm


Growing Up Female
Julia Reichert, Jim Klein (Directors)
1970, 53 min.

A lyrical examination of the socialization of American women. In concise portraits, the film introduces the audience to girls and women ages five to 34 and looks at the ways their lives and self-concepts are shaped by the institutions of marriage, school, advertising and popular culture. Considered by many to be one of the first second-wave feminist documentaries made.

Janie’s Janie
Geri Ashur, Bev Grant, Marilyn Mulford, Stephanie Palewski, Peter Barton (Filmmakers)
1970, 25 min.

Janie’s Janie is part of the film collection of Third World Newsreel, whose works represent vibrant documents of the 1960’s women’s movement, the role of women in the overall protest movement, and the thinking of young women at that time in history. The very existence of these films resulted from struggles around gender issues within Newsreel. Janie’s Janie is a personal documentary that follows a woman who comes to realize that she has to control her own life, after years of experiencing physical and mental abuse, illustrated through both interviews and vérité footage.

Special Guests: Producer Stephanie Palewski and Filmmaker Peter Barton; and Filmmaker Julia Reichert (via Skype)
Moderated by Kelly Anderson, Dept. of Film and Media Studies & Integrated Media Arts MFA Program, Hunter College (CUNY)


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.

March 25 @ 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.