*| TWN Releases Feminist Film Classics: JANIE'S JANIE and MAKE OUT
Third World Newsreel's historical Newsreel collection provides contemporary
audiences with a vast archive of political documentary films chronicling
the social movements of the late 60s and early 70s. JANIE'S JANIE and MAKE
OUT, two Newsreel films from the early 70s, have been preserved and are now
available for purchase and rental thanks to the generous contributions of
New York Women in Film and Television, original members of the Newsreel
collective and Richard Brick.
JANIE'S JANIE (Newly Preserved)
"First I was my father's Janie, then I was my Charlie's Janie, now I'm
Janie's Janie." --Jane Giese
Produced by The Newsreel collective, JANIE'S JANIE is an extraordinary
document of the early 1970's women's movement. In this personal
documentary, Jane Giese, a working class woman in Newark, comes to realize
that she has to take control of her own life after years of physical and
mental abuse. The "personal" aspect of the film was unusual for early
Newsreel, and its very existence resulted from gender issue struggles
within the collective itself. It is a document of a time and its issues,
and of the efforts of feminists to give creative visual form to their
concerns. Using both interviews and verité material, it is one of the more
complex Newsreel films. Principal collaborators were: Geri Ashur, Peter
Barton, Marilyn Mulford and Stephanie Palewski, with music by Bev Grant.
"In her own words, this working-class woman tells how, after being
dominated by father and husband, she was able to develop her own
personality... an absorbing account..."
--Richard F. Shepard, New York Times
Newsreel | 1972 | 25 min | $225
MAKE OUT (Newly Preserved)
A short created by Geri Ashur, Andrea Eagan, Marcia Salo Rizzi and Deborah
Shaffer and co-directed by Ashur and Peter Schlaifer, the film shows a
young couple making out in a car while a voice-over reveals the young
woman's real thoughts about what is happening. This film is unique in the
Newsreel collection, as it was filmed with actors, with a voice-over script
created from a women's group discussion.
"The conception and realization of MAKE OUT is economical and provocative.
The voice-over commentary works in effective counterpoint to the visuals,
and undermines the realistically portrayed encounter that we might
otherwise think normal... Make Out can be highly effective within a
screening context where the girl's thoughts in the film can be completed
--Bill Nichols, Cineaste
Newsreel | 1970 | 5 min | $100
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