NYWIFT WFPF Presents “New York Through Her Lens” at the Jacob Burns Film Center

The Women’s Film Preservation Fund of New York Women in Film & Television presents NEW YORK THROUGH HER LENS  at the Jacob Burns Film Center’s 


New York Through Her Lens, highlights four films shot in and around New York City, at key locations central to the films’ subjects and stories. These works utilize a variety of approaches including animation, dance and performance, and single, hand-held camera storytelling techniques, all of which expand on the documentary form. Preserved with support from the Women’s Film Preservation Fund and its partners.

Date: Thursday, May 16, 2024
Time: 4 PM
Location: Jacob Burns Film Center, 364 Manville Rd, Pleasantville, NY 10570

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Introduction by Women’s Film Preservation Fund Co-Chairs Kirsten Larvick and Erika Yeomans. Post-screening Q&A with YUDIE (1974) director MIRRA BANK


Charlotte Moorman’s Avant Garde Festival #9 (1965, 10 min) Directed by Storm de Hirsch.

A cinepoetry, or time in motion, on an anchored steamboat along the East River.


Windows in the Kitchen (1977, 12 min) Directed by Elaine Summers

A sole dancer’s movement across paned windows of the Manhattan artists collective, The Kitchen.


Ellis Island (1981, 28 min) Directed by Meredith Monk.

Set in the ruins of the now mythical location, imagines the immigration process as performed by the ghosts of first-generation Americans.


Yudie (1974, 20 mins) Directed by Mirra Bank.

Preserved by the Women’s Film Preservation Fund and the Academy Film Archive to 4K, Yudie sheds light on a singular American immigrant whose experiences in her lower east side neighborhood, reveal insights around aging, gender roles and identity through its charming lead character. Yudie was at the forefront of independent documentary filmmaking and originally premiered at the New York Film Festival. It enjoyed international screenings, and primetime television broadcast on PBS. Among the flagship Second-Wave Feminism films, Yudie was invited into the ‘upstart’ women’s film collective New Day Films.

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Mirra Bank is a veteran film director who began with editorial work on Academy Award-winning films Woodstock and Harlan County, USA; and on Gimme Shelter. She made films for such PBS series as the Emmy Award-winning The 51st State, and for The Originals: Women in Art. Her features include Last Dance (Academy Award shortlist); Enormous Changes (Sundance); The Only Real Game (Netflix); Nobody’s Girls, (non-fiction PBS special); and No Fear No Favor, about protecting Africa’s wildlife. Bank is a member of the Academy – Documentary Branch; a current Advisory Board member and past president of NYWIFT, a MacDowell Fellow, and a Lifetime Member of the Actors Studio.


About the festival

The Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC) unveils its inaugural series, Restored & Rediscovered: A Film Preservation Festival, which promises an enriching journey through film history, featuring a diverse selection of restored classics, independent gems, documentaries, and silent film rarities. JBFC Restored & Rediscovered highlights the vital efforts to safeguard our cinematic heritage by uniting experts, filmmakers, archivists, curators, and restorers. The weeklong celebration runs from May 13–19, 2024, with additional screenings extended through May 20–23. More information can be found at link: https://burnsfilmcenter.org/cinefiles-jbfc-announces-restored-rediscovered-a-film-preservation-festival-on-may-13-23-2024/


About the Women’s Film Preservation Fund:

The Women’s Film Preservation Fund of New York Women in Film & Television 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 around 150 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. www.womensfilmpreservationfund.org

For more info on WFPF preservation awards and screenings follow us on Instagram @NYWIFTWFPF

May 16 @ 4:00pm
4:00 pm — 6:00 pm (2h)

Jacob Burns Film Center
364 Manville Road
Pleasantville, NY 10570


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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.