New Films on Women Artists: Tillie Olsen, Alice Neel, Anna Sokolow
I Stand Here Ironing Westcoast Premiere!
Based on Tillie Olsen's first short story, published in the collection “Tell Me A Riddle,” and narrated by the author, this is a story about a mother's bittersweet memories of raising her daughter. British feminist filmmaker Midge Mackenzie successfully translates the story to film with a combination of rhythmic editing, flashbacks and effective direction of actors in her first non-documentary film.
• Directed by Midge Mackenzie. (1979, 20 mins, color & b/w, Print from Midge Mackenzie/ FilmBoston)
They Are Their Own Gifts: Parts 2 & 3
Dynamic portraits of two important American artists, the painter Alice Neel and modern dance pioneer and choreographer Anna Sokolow. Neel, a person of exceptional vitality, has led an adventurous life which permeates her spirited portraits of friends, lovers, and people on city streets. Sokolow connects the inspiration of her choreography to her immigrant Jewish background and social-political concerns.
• Directed by Lucille Rhodes and Margaret Murphy. (1979, 18 mins each, color, Print from New Day Films)
Anonymous Was a Woman
A look at the artwork and creative impulse of 19th-century American women, showing the intricate quilts, needlework and paintings of this period. With narration based on women's letters and diaries, the film presents their artwork as an offshoot of regular homemaking duties. The film also pays homage to the creativity in these women who were not considered artists by anyone, least of all themselves.
• Directed by Mirra Bank. (1977, 28 mins, color, Print from Films Inc.)