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Coby - A Personal Tale of Gender Transition in the American Midwest
In a small town deep in the American Midwest, Suzanna begins a gender transition and becomes a boy: Coby. Coby's transformation deeply impacts the lives the lives of all who love him - and each member of this tight-knit family…
Fanchon the Cricket
Based on the 1863 novel LA PETITE FADETTE by George Sand, Mary Pickford plays Fanchon, a young woman who lives in the woods with her grandmother who is reputed to be a witch. The village children snub Fanchon because of…
The Pearl - Transgender Women Coming Out in their Senior Years
An intimate and cinematic profile of 4 transgender women that come out for the first time in their senior years. Set against the backdrop of logging towns in the Pacific Northwest, the visceral and observational story captures the indelible moment…
Garden in Heaven - Fighting for Women's Rights in China
"Garden in Heaven" is the name of a memorial website for the date-rape and murder victim Huang Jing. When Huang was found dead, she was naked and had wounds on her body, but the coroner declared illness as the cause…
Meshes of the Afternoon
This avant-garde classic, made in collaboration with husband Alexander Hammid, is an important piece of feminist filmmaking. Of the film, with its subjective camera movement, jump cuts, and visual repetition, Deren wrote, "[it] is concerned with the inner realities of…
Day of Freedom
Taking its title from the Nuremburg Rally of 1935, this short documentary presents the armed forces of the Third Reich as an efficient system of bodies and machines in motion. The film is a dangerous and propagandistic celebration--through dynamic visuals…
Parabola
Produced by Bute's company Expanding Cinema and made in collaboration with Ted Nemeth and sculptor Rutherford Boyd, PARABOLA is a celebration of film's ability to create new ways of seeing the forms around us. Creating juxtaposition between light/shadow, stasis/motion, and…
Spook Sport
SPOOK SPORT announces itself as a new kind of film ballet comprised of "color, music, and movement," and is a lively interpretation of a night at a graveyard where colored shapes representing bats, ghosts, and spooks jump, shimmy, bounce, glide,…
The Woman Condemned
This low-budget and shadowy twist-filled procedural was the last film that Reid directed and combines the straightforward approach of a silent era drama or thriller with the dizzying absurdity and sensationalism of the independently produced early exploitation and B-genre films.
The Stolen Heart
Based on a fable by Ernst Keienburg, this short drama exhibits an entrancing sense of space. As a story about a monstrous man who steals a town's musical instruments, scholars argue that this is an anti-Nazi allegory. When the musical…
Papageno
An example of Reiniger's animated music films based on opera, PAPAGENO is filled with impeccable attention to detail. Papageno, a birdcatcher from Mozart's "The Magic Flute," idles his time with his bird companions, fights an undulating snake, and finds love…
A Night on Bald Mountain
Taking 18 months to complete, this dizzyingly surreal pinscreen animation interprets music by Mussorgsky as interplay between shadow/light, permanence/impermanence, motion/stillness, human/animal, and night/day. Parker and Alexeieff slowly created the imagery for this dream-like world by constantly adjusting the pins on…
Le Roi des Aulnes
This early sound drama was Iribe's second directorial effort and uses cinematic techniques to visualize Goethe's 1782 ballad ERLKONIG and Schubert's later musical adaptation. Produced by Iribe's Les Artistes Reunis, this story of the evil Erl King and fairies who…
Harlequin
Reiniger had already completed her full-length masterpiece THE ADVENTURES OF PRINCE ACHMED (1926) when she made this animated tale of romance at the age of 32. A love story set to a Baroque score, HARLEQUIN is a delicate black-and-white ballet…
The Peasant Women of Ryazan
Returning to a pre-Russian Revolution mode of narrative storytelling, this melodrama focuses on two peasant women--one the victim to an abusive father-in-law and the other emancipated. Preobrazhenskaia takes her time, repeating shots of objects in action, hands at work, and…
La Souriante Madame Beudet
Considered one of Dulac's most feminist films, it is also a crucial step in her continuing de-emphasis of traditional narrative structures in favor of visual association. This impressionist film offers a bleak portrait of marriage and its constraining effects on…
The Star Prince
Brandeis was just 21-years-old when she wrote and directed this feature-length fairytale/fantasy about a boy who falls to earth on a star and his ensuing adventures. With a cast comprised entirely of child actors and captivating animals, THE STAR PRINCE…
La Cigarette
Dulac's earliest extant title, LA CIGARETTE concerns a liberated young woman and her older husband who believes she is having an affair--speaking to a real postwar crisis of masculinity in France. With its understated acting and location shooting, Dulac fuses…
Mabel's Strange Predicament
This short farce is often only discussed as the vehicle for the onscreen debut of Chaplin's iconic Tramp (here more lecherous and inebriated than later incarnations). However, Normand, who also stars, captures the chaotic slapstick violence with expert clarity, staging…
Discontent
Weber also provided the script for this short family drama, which follows a discontented Civil War veteran who leaves the old soldier's home and moves in with his wealthy nephew. Focusing on the tensions that arise as a result, DISCONTENT…