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Feminist Documentaries at MOMA

Last year, Paradigm Shift proudly hosted a screening of Jesse Epstein’s “Body Typed” a series of short films on perfection, including 34x25x36.  If you missed it, 34x25x36 will be screening with pioneering feminist films of the 1970’s at The Museum of Modern Art.

Documentary Fortnight 2011: MoMA’s International Festival of Nonfiction Film and Media
Saturday, February 26, 2011, 1:30 p.m.

The line-up includes the founding documentaries of New Day Films, listed below. New Day was formed by independent filmmakers in 1971, and 40 years later, New Day’s filmmaker owned & operated distribution model is still going strong.

34x25x36 is Executive Produced by Chicken & Egg Pictures in Association with The Fledgling Fund, and received a national PBS Broadcast on POV. Includes music by T. Griffin of the Quavers. Distributed through New Day Films.

Program 97 min. Introduction and discussion with Reichert, Klein, Brandon, Rothschild, Epstein

The Films:
* 34x25x36
2009. USA. Directed by Jesse Epstein. Inside the Patina-V mannequin factory in the City of Industry, CA, the “ideal woman” is crafted out of plastic into a 34 x 25 x 36″ figure. The chief designer notes that the roots of his craft lie in French 19th-century wax figures and in the medieval religious icons. New York festival premiere.  8 min.

*  Anything You Want to Be
1971. USA. Directed by Liane Brandon. In a series of vignettes, a teenage girl discovers that despite her parents’ assurance that she can “be anything she wants to be,” reality sometimes throws a curveball. 8 min.

* Growing Up Female
1971. USA. Directed by Julia Reichert, James Klein. This early film of the modern Women’s Movement was widely used by consciousness-raising groups to generate interest and explain feminism to a skeptical society. The film looks at female socialization through the lives of six women, ages 4 to 35, and the forces that shape them, including teachers, counselors, advertising, music, and the institution of marriage. 50 min.

* It Happens to Us
1972. USA. Directed by Amalie R. Rothschild. This film presents the personal stories of a wide range of women, rich and poor, young and older, black and white, married and unmarried, on the topic of abortion. Some of their stories evoke experiences from before the 1973 Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision. 30 min.

Sex Stories by Christina Cicchelli

Christina Cicchelli is a sex worker and sex writer who spoke at Paradigm Shift’s event “Sex Work and Human Rights: Feminist Advocacy Strategies.”

Get her e-book Sex Stories here and enjoy some of her tantalizing tales!

“Part-memoir and part-erotica, Sex Stories recounts some of my most memorable sexual encounters with acquaintances and clients. The fantasies in these stories range from sensual to sadistic and everything in between. There are tales of perversity, tales of aggressive lust, and tales of forbidden indulgences.”

Marti Kheel expands on the value of an ecological model for creating empathy

In this interview with Marti Kheel, Ph.D., she discusses the importance of empathy and the lack of empathy involved in the treatment and consumption of animals.

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Would one have to be vegetarian/vegan in order to be truly egalitarian and feminist? Why is it that some forms of life are valued more than others?

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Ducky DooLittle

This is an excerpt from Webcam Girls and features biographical information about Ducky DooLittle and her career in the sex industry.

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What are your thoughts about the sex industry? Many feminists believe sex work to be empowering and liberating; however, just as many feminists believe it to be degrading and harmful. Did your thoughts about the sex industry change at all after seeing Ducky in this documentary? Does the way that Ducky publicly presents herself affect the way that other women are perceived? In what ways does Ducky accurately represent the sex industry? In what ways are Ducky’s conditions and experiences in the sex industry uniquely her own?

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Ducky DooLittle Explains BenWa Balls

Ducky DooLittle talks about the history and uses of BenWa balls and their benefits for women and orgasm.

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Bigger Better Orgasms

This clip shows Ducky talking about how to strengthen kegel muscles and the importance of strong kegal muscles for female orgasm.

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The Feminazi

This clip from Suzanne Willett performing Feminazi features the portion of the play about Snow White.

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GRITtv Daily Newsmaker, 03/09/09: Linda Martin Alcoff, Jennifer Baumgardner

Jennifer Baumgardner speaks about women’s liberation, choice, and abortion.

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how do class issues impact women and their freedom to choose?

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Jennifer Baumgardner speaks about book ‘Abortion and Life’

In Fargo, North Dakota, Jennifer Baumgardner speaks about and reads from her book Abortion and Life.

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Have you read Abortion and Life? Do you have any comments on this book?

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Dan Savage and Amy Richards on Abortion Rights and Feminism

Amy Richards and Dan Savage discuss conceptions and misconceptions of abortion and feminism; includes the rhetoric of abortion and what constitutes pro-choice.

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In this clip, Amy Richards discusses the rhetoric and history of the abortion debate. Do you think that the debate has changed significantly as Richards believes? Is the rhetoric really outdated and in need of change?

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