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From cutting-edge documentaries that give depth to today’s headlines to smart, stunning films that push artistic and intellectual boundaries in all genres, Women Make Movies (WMM), a non-profit feminist social enterprise based in New York, is the world’s leading distributor of independent films by and about women. Our Production Assistance Program assists women directors with their productions from concept through completion with fiscal sponsorship, consultations and other technical assistance. We work with creative, ground-breaking films which win awards at festivals around the world. Films and filmmakers we have supported have been nominated for or won Academy® Awards in 12 of the past 13 years.

Today marks the 50th Anniversary of the #Stonewall uprising, the catalyst for the modern #LGBTQI liberation movement in ...
06/28/2019

Today marks the 50th Anniversary of the #Stonewall uprising, the catalyst for the modern #LGBTQI liberation movement in the U.S. As we honor the Stonewall legacy this Pride Month, we invite you to learn more about our LGBTQI collection including STORME: THE LADY OF THE JEWEL BOX, about Stormé DeLarverie who it is said threw the first punch at Stonewall; and our new release All We've Got about the disappearance of queer women's spaces in the US. Find out more on these films here http://bit.ly/wmmstorme and here http://bit.ly/AllWeveGot and browse the entire LGBTQI collection here: http://bit.ly/WMMLGBTQI #Pride #Stonewall50

Read this terrific in-depth interview with director Paula Eiselt about her journey into filmmaking and how she made 93QU...
06/27/2019
It Is Incumbent Upon Us Orthodox Jews To Tell Our Stories

Read this terrific in-depth interview with director Paula Eiselt about her journey into filmmaking and how she made 93QUEEN, a look at the creation of the first all-female Hasidic ambulance corps in New York City. http://bit.ly/31atHDc

The film industry wasn’t ready for a film about empowered religious women, says Paula Eiselt, the filmmaker behind ‘93Queen’.

Thanks to Variety for this fascinating profile of Esther Eng, a woman who broke all the rules.S. Louisa Wei's documentar...
06/26/2019
Pioneering Filmmaker Esther Eng Made Movies in the ’30s and ’40s on Her Own Terms

Thanks to Variety for this fascinating profile of Esther Eng, a woman who broke all the rules.

S. Louisa Wei's documentary GOLDEN GATE GIRLS about the life of this extraordinary filmmaker is now available on Vimeo! Watch it here: http://bit.ly/goldengategirlsvimeo

Esther Eng broke all the rules. In the 1930s and ’40s, it was remarkable for a Cantonese American woman to be a producer and director. Even more impressive: She was always upfront about being a les…

Read this inspiring piece by WMM filmmaker Greta Schiller about her landmark 1984 film BEFORE STONEWALL, now digitally r...
06/25/2019
Guest Post: What I Learned From Revisiting My 1984 Documentary “Before Stonewall”

Read this inspiring piece by WMM filmmaker Greta Schiller about her landmark 1984 film BEFORE STONEWALL, now digitally restored and playing at the Quad Cinema in NYC! Get tickets here: https://quadcinema.com/film/before-stonewall/ #Pride2019

https://www.wmm.com/filmmaker/Greta+Schiller/

Guest Post by Greta Schiller “Before Stonewall” traces the making of America’s lesbian and gay community from the turn of the century to the Stonewall Riots. I never imagined the incredible journey the film would take around the world, nor it’s lasting impact on the social, political, and cu...

06/24/2019
Yours in Sisterhood

Irene Lusztig, director of last year's release YOURS IN SISTERHOOD, has started posting the readings she filmed of letters sent to the editor of Ms. Magazine in the 70s that didn't make the film. Visit the YOURS IN SISTERHOOD Facebook, Instagram and Vimeo channels to check out weekly readings throughout the summer and fall. Lusztig will be launching a full interactive web-based archive later this year.

Learn more about YOURS IN SISTERHOOD here: http://bit.ly/sisterhoodwmm

Friends, some of you might remember that the vision for "Yours in Sisterhood" has always been to make two twinned projects: a feature film and a more capacious interactive archive that has room for many more of the voices and letters that were captured for the project. As work is beginning behind the scenes on building the interactive interface for the archive, I'll be releasing new weekly readings online here on FB as well as on vimeo and instagram. I'm starting this project today by sharing this moving 1973 abortion letter read by Britt in Ann Arbor. At screenings, I often talk about how history is not static—that our sense of which histories matter right now is constantly in motion, depending on where we are standing in the present. And I also often talk about how these letters continue to feel differently resonant to me over time, as the world shifts around us. When I screened "Yours in Sisterhood" in Poland last summer, where abortion has been illegal since the 90s, everyone in the audience wanted to know why abortion didn't have a bigger presence in the film. At the time I talked about selecting the letters that felt most urgent for US feminism right now. In this new moment when reproductive rights are under attack, this reading made me feel a lot of new things yesterday in the editing room when I watched it for the first time in a few months.
IG: @yours.in.sisterhood
Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/yoursinsisterhood

“Strikes deep. A powerful argument for how necessary it is to watch the watchers.” - The Hollywood Reporter Our new ...
06/21/2019
'The Feeling of Being Watched': Film Review

“Strikes deep. A powerful argument for how necessary it is to watch the watchers.” - The Hollywood Reporter

Our new release, Assia Boundaoui's The Feeling of Being Watched, opens today in Los Angeles! Showtimes + tickets here: http://bit.ly/FOBWinLA

https://www.wmm.com/film/the-feeling-of-being-watched/

In her first feature-length documentary, Assia Boundaoui explores the effects of a long-term, wide-ranging FBI probe on her Muslim American neighborhood.

"Fear and shock waft off 'The Feeling of Being Watched,' and it evokes a few genuine gasps at the audacity of its villai...
06/20/2019
Review: FBI surveillance of Muslims hits home in ‘The Feeling of Being Watched’

"Fear and shock waft off 'The Feeling of Being Watched,' and it evokes a few genuine gasps at the audacity of its villains. You feel like you’re watching a ’70s conspiracy thriller, but this is today and it’s nonfiction."

Assia Boundaoui's The Feeling of Being Watched opens tomorrow in Los Angeles! Showtimes + tickets here: http://bit.ly/FOBWinLA

https://www.wmm.com/film/the-feeling-of-being-watched/

Filmmaker Assia Boundaoui asks why her Arab American neighbors in the Chicago suburbs were the target of FBI surveillance in the 1980s and '90s.

Only two weeks left! Take advantage of our End of the Year Sale and make sure your school or library collection is updat...
06/17/2019

Only two weeks left! Take advantage of our End of the Year Sale and make sure your school or library collection is updated with essential films from Women Make Movies. Visit our new website and buy one DVD or Digital Site License and get another one free! Learn more: http://bit.ly/wmmeoy19

ALGERIA: WOMEN AT WAR screens tonight as part of International Leadership Association's 4th Women & Leadership Conferenc...
06/17/2019
Algeria: Women At War

ALGERIA: WOMEN AT WAR screens tonight as part of International Leadership Association's 4th Women & Leadership Conference! Following the screening, Parminder Vir OBE, the film's producer, will lead a discussion with attendees. Learn more: http://www.ila-net.org/WLC/WLC19-2/Program.html#content9-4k

ALGERIA: WOMEN AT WAR offers a rare insight into the key role Algerian women played in their country’s liberation struggle from the French thirty years ago and their equally important place in today’s politics.

The New Yorker's Richard Brody says Lourdes Portillo's THE DEVIL NEVER SLEEPS is "as thrilling and as psychologically co...
06/13/2019
“The Devil Never Sleeps,” Reviewed: A Mexican-American Documentarian’s Rare Classic

The New Yorker's Richard Brody says Lourdes Portillo's THE DEVIL NEVER SLEEPS is "as thrilling and as psychologically complex as a great scripted drama."

Don't miss it this Saturday at Anthology Film Archives!
Tickets here: http://bit.ly/2XSsf6k

https://www.wmm.com/catalog/film/the-devil-never-sleeps/

Lourdes Portillo investigates a personal tragedy with interviews of family, friends, and acquaintances that are filmed as distinctively and expressively as if they’d been created for a scripted drama.

Today marks three years since 49 lives were lost to hate at the Pulse nightclub shooting in Florida. We mourn and rememb...
06/12/2019
Watch Love The Sinner

Today marks three years since 49 lives were lost to hate at the Pulse nightclub shooting in Florida. We mourn and remember the victims.

Jessica Devaney and Geeta Gandbhir's LOVE THE SINNER is a moving dialogue between Devaney and the Evangelical Christians in her hometown in the wake of the tragedy. The film is a powerful conversation starter about bias in our communities, as well as a call to action to push for dignity and equality for all. Stream it today on Kanopy and learn more here: http://bit.ly/lovethesinner

#LGBTQ #Pride #pulsenightclub #loveoverhate

A personal short documentary exploring the connection between Christianity and homophobia in the wake of the 2016 shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando. Queer filmmaker Jessica Devaney grew up deeply immersed in Evangelical Christianity in Florida. After breaking with her youth as a nationally reco...

Our collection now streaming on OVID includes Academy Award-nominees and Sundance-winners like Kim Longinotto's ROUGH AU...
06/11/2019

Our collection now streaming on OVID includes Academy Award-nominees and Sundance-winners like Kim Longinotto's ROUGH AUNTIES, fiction by acclaimed artists Tracey Moffat and Valie Export, and powerful documentaries about sexuality, technology, race and more.

Special offer for friends of WMM! use code WOMEN for 50% off monthly membership for the first 3 months through 6/30 http://bit.ly/ovidwmm

06/11/2019

Our new release BIRTH ON THE BORDER follows two women from Ciudad Juárez as they cross the U.S.- Mexico border legally to give birth in Texas, seeking a safer future for their children. Against the backdrop of oppressive U.S. border policy and growing debates over immigration, these women's stories of risk and resilience shed light on the realities and challenges of life on the border.

Learn more: https://www.wmm.com/catalog/film/birth-on-the-border/

Congrats to Jessica Devaney, one of the four recipients of the 2019 Cinereach Producer Award! Devaney is the co-director...
06/07/2019
Cinereach Bestows $50,000 Awards to 4 Independent Film Producers (Exclusive)

Congrats to Jessica Devaney, one of the four recipients of the 2019 Cinereach Producer Award! Devaney is the co-director of WMM film LOVE THE SINNER and producer of one of our newest releases, THE FEELING OF BEING WATCHED.

https://www.wmm.com/catalog/film/love-the-sinner/
https://www.wmm.com/film/the-feeling-of-being-watched/

2019 Producer Award presented to Jessica Devaney, Alexandra Lazarowich, Kishori Rajan and Jamund Washington

A great piece about Kathryn Kleiman's film THE COMPUTERS and the women who programmed the world’s first modern compute...
06/06/2019
The Programming Pioneers of ENIAC - All Together

A great piece about Kathryn Kleiman's film THE COMPUTERS and the women who programmed the world’s first modern computer as part of a secret WWII project. Learn more about this still little-known chapter of history here: http://bit.ly/wmmcomputers

On Feb. 15, 1946, ENIAC was unveiled, let's learn about its women programmers whose work transitioned the world from analog to digital computing with the flick of a switch.

Four classic WMM films- Lourdes Portillo's THE DEVIL NEVER SLEEPS,  Arlene Bowman's NAVAJO TALKING PICTURE, Ngozi Onwura...
06/06/2019
See Classic WMM Films at Anthology Film Archives this Summer

Four classic WMM films- Lourdes Portillo's THE DEVIL NEVER SLEEPS, Arlene Bowman's NAVAJO TALKING PICTURE, Ngozi Onwurah's THE BODY BEAUTIFUL, and Michelle Citron's DAUGHTER RITE- will screen as part of the Anthology Film Archives series "Home Movies: Filmmakers Document Their Families" running June 6 – 20. Tickets and the full schedule here: http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/series/50956

Four WMM films will be featured in Anthology Film Archives series, HOME MOVIES: FILMMAKERS DOCUMENT THEIR FAMILIES in June.

TOMORROW! Kick off Pride Month with two short films that look back at the trailblazing activists who helped ignite the S...
06/05/2019
Portraits of Pride: Stormé, Marsha, and Stonewall

TOMORROW! Kick off Pride Month with two short films that look back at the trailblazing activists who helped ignite the Stonewall uprising in 1969. Museum of the City of New York will present screenings and discussions of Michelle Parkerson's STORME: THE LADY OF THE JEWEL BOX and Production Assistance Program film HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MARSHA! Use code STONEWALL1 for $10 tickets: https://www.mcny.org/stonewall
http://bit.ly/wmmstorme #Stonewall50

The stories of two revolutionary LGBTQ activists who helped ignite the Stonewall uprising in 1969: Stormé DeLarverie and Marsha P. Johnson.

Chicago! If you missed The Feeling of Being Watched in October, you're in luck! The film returns this weekend for theatr...
06/04/2019
The Feeling of Being Watched | Music Box Theatre

Chicago! If you missed The Feeling of Being Watched in October, you're in luck! The film returns this weekend for theatrical screenings at the Music Box Theatre in Lincoln Park. Get tickets here: http://bit.ly/ChiFOBW

Learn more: http://bit.ly/feelingofbeingwatched

In the Arab-American neighborhood outside of Chicago where journalist and filmmaker Assia Boundaoui grew up, most of her neighbors think they have been under surveillance for over a decade. While investigating their experiences, Assia uncovers tens of thousands of pages of FBI documents that prove h...

HAPPY PRIDE MONTH! June marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, the catalyst for the modern LGBTQI liberat...
06/01/2019
We're Here, We're Queer, Get Used to It!

HAPPY PRIDE MONTH! June marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, the catalyst for the modern LGBTQI liberation movement in the U.S. We invite you to explore films that highlight the struggles and triumphs of the diverse lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex community. Learn more: http://bit.ly/2JMBMsB

Watch this powerful segment today on Democracy Now! featuring conversations with two former members of the Jane Collecti...
05/31/2019
Ask for Jane: Meet the Underground Feminist Group That Provided Abortions Before Roe v. Wade

Watch this powerful segment today on Democracy Now! featuring conversations with two former members of the Jane Collective as well as clips from Kate Kirtz and Nell Lundy's fascinating JANE: AN ABORTION SERVICE. Learn more: http://bit.ly/janewmm

“Ask for Jane.” Those were the magic words that provided thousands of women access to safe abortions before the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling in 1973 that guaranteed the constitutional right to abortion. With abortion services outlawed in most of the country, women often had to risk their own live...

WMM Board President and lawyer Nicole Page shares essential information about the recent changes to the anti-harassment ...
05/30/2019
How New #MeToo Laws In New York and California Could Change Film and TV Production

WMM Board President and lawyer Nicole Page shares essential information about the recent changes to the anti-harassment laws in New York and California and suggestions on how production companies can comply

Lawyer Nicole Page shares the warnings she has been issuing to her production clients as new laws hold employers responsible.

05/25/2019
First TV and film productions leave Georgia over new abortion law

Reed Morano, Kristen Wiig, Christine Vachon, David Simon, Neal Dodson and more are taking a stand against Georgia's abortion law and pulling their productions from the state.

Location scouts were in the state for an Amazon show and were promptly pulled out

05/24/2019
A Better Man

Congrats to A Better Man co-director Attiya Khan! So well deserved!
https://www.wmm.com/catalog/film/a-better-man/

‪Our love to A Better Man’s co-director on her latest honour from YWCA Toronto! Producer Christine Kleckner and impact producer Steph Guthrie paid tribute to Attiya Khan, who was awarded the Women of Distinction Award for Social Justice. Congrats to all of the inspiring recipients!

“I think we’re now facing an assault on women, an assault on women’s role in the society... We can make change if ...
05/22/2019
Women Who Performed Illegal Abortions Decades Ago Believe Alabama Law Is 'Assault on Women'

“I think we’re now facing an assault on women, an assault on women’s role in the society... We can make change if we organize, but we need to organize." - Heather Booth

Watch HEATHER BOOTH: CHANGING THE WORLD, JANE: AN ABORTION SERVICE, BIRTHRIGHT and other films in our reproductive rights collection and learn more about the urgent war for women's bodies now being waged in America: http://bit.ly/WMMReproFreedom

The Alabama law makes it illegal to get an abortion unless the mother's life is at risk.

Our End of the Year Sale is on! Now is the perfect time to make sure your school or library collection is updated with e...
05/22/2019

Our End of the Year Sale is on! Now is the perfect time to make sure your school or library collection is updated with essential films from Women Make Movies. Visit our new website and buy one DVD or Digital Site License and get another one free! Learn more: http://bit.ly/wmmeoy19

We're excited to be a founding content partner of OVID, the new curated streaming platform for documentaries and art hou...
05/17/2019
Women Make Movies | Ovid

We're excited to be a founding content partner of OVID, the new curated streaming platform for documentaries and art house films. Browse our launch collection which includes Academy Award-nominees and Sundance-winners like Kim Longinotto's ROUGH AUNTIES, fiction by critically acclaimed artists Tracey Moffat and Valie Export, and powerful documentaries about sexuality, aging, women and technology, race and much more. Be sure to check back often as new titles are released! http://bit.ly/ovidwmm

From cutting-edge documentaries that give depth to today’s headlines to smart, stunning films that push artistic and intellectual boundaries in all genres, Women Make Movies (WMM), a non-profit feminist social enterprise based in New York, is the world’s leading distributor of independent films ...

Congrats to Jennifer DeLia and the team behind our Production Assistance Program film “Why Not Choose Love? A Mary Pic...
05/16/2019
Hollywood Women’s Film Institute Launches Festival With Mary Pickford Movie

Congrats to Jennifer DeLia and the team behind our Production Assistance Program film “Why Not Choose Love? A Mary Pickford Manifesto” which will open the Hollywood Women’s Film Festival in June!

The Hollywood Women’s Film Institute will launch its Hollywood Women’s Film Festival with “Why Not Choose Love? A Mary Pickford Manifesto” as its opening title, Variety has learne…

Yesterday Alabama voted to ban nearly all abortions and criminalize the procedure for doctors, in a direct challenge to ...
05/15/2019
The Fight for Reproductive Freedom

Yesterday Alabama voted to ban nearly all abortions and criminalize the procedure for doctors, in a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade. The legislation does not make exceptions for cases of rape or incest.

Watch BIRTHRIGHT:A WAR STORY to learn more about the urgent fight for reproductive freedom now being waged in America, and find out how you can take action here: https://nyti.ms/30paFsG

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