New Day Films: 40 Years of Social Activism through Film
New Day Films
Forty years ago, four independent filmmakers --three women and a man--as a part of the emerging women's movement, had made films about the lives of women. What they discovered is that no existing distributors at the time had any interest in these films. So the filmmakers came together to figure out a way to get their work to the audiences they believed desperately needed their films. They designed joint mailing pieces to promote the films and became part of what was truly a "prairie fire" of ideas and action, changing the face of America for both women and men. 40 years later, New Day Films, the self-distribution cooperative they formed, has almost 100 active filmmakers, together distributing hundreds of films, shedding light on a broad spectrum of American and worldwide issues.
Today, in the independent film world, there's lots of talk and exciting new approaches for filmmakers using new technologies to directly reach their audiences in a "do-it-yourself" renaissance. In this session, Jim Klein, a two time Academy Award nominee and one of the founders of New Day Films, will give us a sense of the roots of this new movement. He will present UNION MAIDS, a 1976 Academy Award nominee for Feature Documentary, along with clips from a number of other important New Day films, spanning the decades. UNION MAIDS is the portrait of three women who were organizers of the first industrial unions in America. Radicals in the 1930's, they helped shape the country, and also speak of the connection of their movement to both the women's and the labor movements of the 1970's, and how they needed to come together.
There will be time for significant discussion of where this all leaves us today, and where social issue filmmaking and distribution is heading.
Screening: Union Maids
1976 Oscar nominee, Union Maids is the portrait of three women organizers of the first industrial unions in America. Radicals in the 1930's, they helped shape the country, and connect their movement to the women's movement of the 1970's. Directors: Julia Reichert, Jim Klein, Miles Mogulescu
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