From The Archives: (Re)Discovering our History CJFF EXCLUSIVE



Julia hosts a program unlike any other with the screening and discussion of Union Maids (1976, 48 min) and various clips from films you'll never get a chance to see otherwise.  Julia Reichert, three-time Academy Award nominee, "Godmother" of the festival and one of the leaders of the early feminist film movement, returns to Citizen Jane to showcase films long hidden away, many that have not seen since the time they were made, and leads us in discussion about women and our sense of our own history.  Watch these films and learn as Julia contextualizes the films and our histroy--this truly unique experience is a CJFF Exclusive! 

Union Maids (1976) by Julia Reichert, Jim Klein and Miles Mogulscu
Screening her own 1976 documentary Union Maids, we see the sitdowns, scabs, goon squads, unemployment, hunger marches, red baiting and finally the energetic birth of the CIO.  The 1930s were a landmark period for the American labor movement and Union Maids is the story of three women who lived the history and make it come alive today.

Yudie (1974) by Mirra Bank
A film about independence, agin, and the immigration experience.

Antonia, Portrait of a Woman (1995) by Jill Godmilow 
This Oscar-nominated documentary combines archival footage, candid interviews and animation to chronicle the groundbreaking career of conductor Antonia Brico, who wielded the baton before several of the world's premier symphony orchestras. Director Jill Godmilow and singer Judy Collins reveal the extraordinary strength of spirit that allowed Brico to overcome the obstacles she faced as a woman in a thoroughly male-dominated profession.

Old Fashioned Woman (1974) by Martha Coolidge
A documentary film portrait of the filmmaker's New England grandmother, with humor, charm and intelligence and illustrated by her many photographs Mabel Coolidge tells of her life from growing up in Massachusetts. From getting her first camera, Smith College, designing and building her dream house, being married to the Lieutenant Governor, to her secrets of out living most of her family members she shares the values and of a different world and how they helped her.

Nana, Mom, and Me by Amalie Rothschild (1974)
What began as a film document (recording Nana before she died) evolves into the filmmaker's search for her roots, her relationship with her family, and her identity as a woman.

Filmmaker:

Julia Reichert

Julia Reichert's first film, Growing Up Female, was the first feature documentary of the modern Women's Movement.  Her films Union Maids, Seeing Red, and The Last Truck were nominated for Academy Awards.  Her film A Lion in the House, made with Steve Bognar, premiered at Sundance, screened nationally on PBS and won the Primetime Emmy for Exceptional Merit in Nonfiction Filmmaking.  Reichert and Bognar's latest film Sparkle premiered at the Silverdocs film festival earlier this year and won the Audience Award for best short documentary.  Julia is co-founder of New Day Films, the film distribution co-op.  She is auther of Do It Yourself, the first book on self-distribution in independent film, and is an advisory board member of IFP and a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.