Jezebel Productions

Jezebel Productions Jezebel Productions have been creating films about real people for over thirty years. Our aim is to inspire viewers to laugh, think and learn.
For 25 years Jezebel Productions has been producing innovative, thought provoking and entertaining films. Long before "Reality TV," we were telling the stories of real people whose lives inspire viewers to laugh, think and learn, while helping make sense of the world. Our films have garnered two Emmies and dozens of educational, arts and international film festival awards. From launching the gay film revolution with "Before Stonewall," to bringing experimental operatic form to a Holocaust survivor story ("Seed of Sarah"), to the first South African production to win an international film award ("The Man Who Drove with Mandela"), Jezebel Productions is always working in the zeitgeist of the times. We create films that continue to be screened at festivals and on television, used in classrooms, and sold as DVDs and video on demand around the world.

06/04/2020
Peccadillo Pictures

Lovely conversation with Justin Bangry, Jewelle Gomez and Andrea Weiss about Before Stonewall. Thanks to
#Peccadillo Sofa Club

Our friends at Salzgeber distribution are releasing BONES OF CONTENTION by Andrea Weiss for German speaking audience.  A...
05/19/2020

Our friends at Salzgeber distribution are releasing BONES OF CONTENTION by Andrea Weiss for German speaking audience. Adapting to the new reality it will be seen as a video on demand. https://vimeo.com/salzgeber from May 21.

04/29/2020

Listening to Schumer and Gillabrand- smart leaders. Some facts I learned: 18% of NY State work force work in non profits, 1.4 million employees, 40% with no contingency funds. 30% increase in demand for homeless and domestic violence shelters. Oh and I hate Republicans. They have gone so afr onto the dark side it is just unbelievable.

On Wed April 29th- Join Sierra Club screening of The Marion Lake Story with Greta Schiller and Lori Luscher in discussio...
04/20/2020
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On Wed April 29th- Join Sierra Club screening of The Marion Lake Story with Greta Schiller and Lori Luscher in discussion after!
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04/01/2020
Marion Lake Story, Defeating The Mighty Phragmite

We are making this film available for free to stream as we feel it gives us hope. Neighbors work together to clear their lake of invasive species and create a bio diverse habitat. When we come out of hibernation may a thousand communities be inspired to do the same. Fields, forests, lakes, streams, meadows- many places near your need eco restoration projects.

A group of neighbors come together to clear their lake of invasive species.

04/01/2020

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A Group of Poems

"Birches," "The Road Not Taken," and "The Sound of Trees"
Robert Frost
August 1915 Issue
Jerry Harmer / AP

Birches

When I see birches bend to left and right
Across the lines of straighter darker trees,
I like to think some boy's been swinging them.
But swinging doesn't bend them down to stay.
Ice-storms do that. Often you must have seen them
Loaded with ice a sunny winter morning
After a rain. They click upon themselves
As the breeze rises, and turn many-colored
As the stir cracks and crazes their enamel.
Soon the sun's warmth makes them shed crystal shells
Shattering and avalanching on the snow-crust —
Such heaps of broken glass to sweep away
You'd think the inner dome of heaven had fallen.
They are dragged to the withered bracken by the load
And they seem not to break; though once they are bowed
So low for long they never right themselves:
You may see their trunks arching in the woods
Years afterwards, trailing their leaves on the ground
Like girls on hands and knees that throw their hair
Before them over their heads to dry in the sun.
But I was going to say when truth broke in
With all her matter-of-fact about the ice storm,
(Now am I free to be poetical?)
I should prefer to have some boy bend them
As he went out and in to fetch the cows —
Some boy too far from town to learn baseball,
Whose only play was what he found himself,
Summer or winter, and could play alone.
One by one he subdued his father's trees
By riding them down over and over again
Until he took the stiffness out of them
And not one but hung limp, not one was left
For him to conquer. He learned all there was
To learn about not launching out too soon
And so not carrying the tree away
Clear to the ground. He always kept his poise
To the top branches, climbing carefully
With the same pains you use to fill a cup
Up to the brim, and even above the brim.
Then he flung outward, feet first, with a swish,
Kicking his way down through the air to the ground.
So was I once myself a swinger of birches.
And so I dream of going back to be.
It's when I'm weary of considerations,
And life is too much like a pathless wood
Where your face burns and tickles with the cobwebs
Broken across it, and one eye is weeping
From a twig's having lashed across it open.
I'd like to get away from earth awhile
And then come back to it and begin over.
May no fate willfully misunderstand me
And half grant what I wish and snatch me away
Not to return. Earth's the right place for love:
I don't know where it's likely to go better.
I'd like to go by climbing a birch tree,
And climb black branches up a snow-white trunk
Toward heaven, till the tree could bear no more,
But dipped its top and set me down again.
That would be good both going and coming back.
One could do worse than be a swinger of birches.

The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear,
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I marked the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

The Sound of Trees

I wonder about the trees:
Why do we wish to bear
Forever the noise of these
More than another noise
So close to our dwelling place?
We suffer them by the day
Till we lose all measure of pace
And fixity in our joys,
And acquire a listening air.
They are that that talks of going
But never gets away;
And that talks no less for knowing,
As it grows wiser and older,
That now it means to stay.
My feet tug at the floor
And my head sways to my shoulder
Sometimes when I watch trees sway
From the window or the door.
I shall set forth for somewhere,
I shall make the reckless choice,
Some day when they are in voice
And tossing so as to scare
The white clouds over them on.
I shall have less to say,
But I shall be gone.

03/25/2020

One of our films NO DINOSAURS IN HEAVEN is streaming free on Kanopy for educators between 3/26-4/26. Of course of your library carries Kanopy they are always available to library card holders.

https://www.kinolorber.com/film/bacurau#playdatesThis a brilliant way to see arthouse films that were scheduled to be se...
03/23/2020
Bacurau

https://www.kinolorber.com/film/bacurau#playdates

This a brilliant way to see arthouse films that were scheduled to be seen in cinemas, but to keep some money going to small theaters Kino Lorber are splitting revenue with local cinemas. And this film is amazing. Watch it and let us know what you think.

A small village in the Brazilian sertão town finds its sun-dappled day-to-day disturbed when its inhabitants (among them Sônia Braga) are targeted by a group of armed mercenaries led by Udo Kier… who may have met their match in the fed-up, resourceful denizens of little Bacurau.

KINONOW.COM has a bunch of great world cinema to keep your mind active.
03/17/2020
The Man Who Drove with Mandela

KINONOW.COM has a bunch of great world cinema to keep your mind active.

How did South Africa come to be the first country in the world to embody LGBT rights in their post-apartheid Constitution? It was in large part due to the unsung hero Cecil Williams, whose moving life story is told in the feature documentary, The Man Who Drove With Mandela. Featuring Corin Redgrave....

Jezebel Productions's cover photo
03/14/2020

Jezebel Productions's cover photo

Before, During and After
01/24/2020
Before, During and After

Before, During and After

A look at the newly-restored film Before Stonewall (reviewed by John Dyer V), and a reflection on California’s federal Prop 8 trial ten years ago this month! Australia’s proposed Religious Discrimina

BONES OF CONTENTION a film about historical memory in Spain is reviewed in the recent issue of Films for the Feminist Cl...
01/22/2020
Films for the Feminist Classroom - Issue 9.2

BONES OF CONTENTION a film about historical memory in Spain is reviewed in the recent issue of Films for the Feminist Classroom- see link here:

http://ffc.twu.edu/issue_9-2/rev_Hinkle_9-2.html

Las Madres: The Mothers of Plaza de Mayo. Directed by Lourdes Portillo and Susana Blaustein. New York: Women Make Movies, 1985. 63 minutes. Survival, Strength, Sisterhood: Power of Women in Downtown Eastside. Directed by Alejandro Zuluaga and Harsha Walia. Vancouver: Downtown Eastside Power of Women...

12/23/2019

Wishing you and yours a peaceful holiday season.

12/23/2019

We at Jezebel Films hope you have a peaceful holiday season.

The Kudos have come in from around the world.  Simply wonderful.
12/17/2019

The Kudos have come in from around the world. Simply wonderful.

Exciting news!! Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced today the annual selection of 25 of America’s most influential motion pictures to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. The 2019 registry selections span a century of filmmaking, from 1903 to 2003.

An unprecedented seven motion pictures directed by women are on this year’s list, the most in a single year since the inaugural registry in 1989. They include the 1984 documentary “Before Stonewall,” directed by Greta Schiller (Jezebel Productions); Claudia Weill’s 1978 “Girlfriends”; Gunvor Nelson’s 1969 avant-garde film “My Name is Oona”; “A New Leaf,” which in 1971 made Elaine May the first woman to write, direct and star in a major American studio feature; the 2002 indie “Real Women Have Curves,” directed by Patricia Cardoso and starring America Ferrera; and Madeline Anderson’s 1970 “I Am Somebody,” which is considered the first documentary on civil rights directed by a woman of color.

So thrilled our moving film BEFORE STONEWALL made the list!

BEFORE STONEWALL is available on iTunes, Amazon.com Instant, & DVD here through our website: bit.ly/2RNvz2r

The book, the restored DVD and the 1985 poster for one price- and you will be helping us create new work with the procee...
12/17/2019
Before Stonewall – Jezebel Productions

The book, the restored DVD and the 1985 poster for one price- and you will be helping us create new work with the proceeds.

Jezebel Productions, Greta Schiller & Andrea Weiss pioneers of LGBT & feminist films, social issues, erased histories, science & society

Jezebel Productions's cover photo
12/12/2019

Jezebel Productions's cover photo

The world can be so small. While in Santiago de Compostelo mixing my new film I met up with Emilio, Patricia and Sergio....
12/10/2019

The world can be so small. While in Santiago de Compostelo mixing my new film I met up with Emilio, Patricia and Sergio. Emilio and Sergio did the sound work for Patricia on her #IDFA2019 winner IN A WHISPER. They also did the sound design and mix for my new film!

Sergio (sound designer) and I arrived in Santiago de Compostelo to sound mix my new film THE LAND OF AZABA and this rain...
12/02/2019

Sergio (sound designer) and I arrived in Santiago de Compostelo to sound mix my new film THE LAND OF AZABA and this rainbow greeted us. I think that is a good sign.....

The film that keeps on living.
11/26/2019

The film that keeps on living.

Andrea Weiss and Emilio de Silva (a lead character in her film BONES OF CONTENTION got a personal tour of the archive.
10/19/2019

Andrea Weiss and Emilio de Silva (a lead character in her film BONES OF CONTENTION got a personal tour of the archive.

ALBA was pleased to host Emilio Silva of Spain for a tour of the Archives at New York University’s Tamiment Library. The Archives have been located at Tamiment since 2000 and contain over 10,000 photographs, 200 full color posters, postcards, oral history interviews, biographical materials, radio scripts, and artifacts (buttons, badges, uniforms, and a rifle). More information on the Archives can be found here: https://guides.nyu.edu/c.php?g=276867&p=5445937.

Joining Emilio for the tour were ALBA Executive Director Mark Wallem and ALBA Executive Committee member Josie Nelson-Yurek, who is the daughter of Lincoln Brigade commander Steve Nelson. Stephanie Golob of Baruch College and filmmaker Andrea Weiss (Bones of Contention) accompanied Emilio.

Silva is co-founder of the Association for the Recovery of Historical Memory, and is based in Madrid. Silva was recognized for his work by ALBA and the Puffin Foundation in 2015 as the recipient of the annual Human Rights Prize. For more information on his struggle for justice, visit the Association’s website (in Spanish): https://memoriahistorica.org.es

10/16/2019
Greenpeace USA

Every time a store offers you a plastic bag to carry plastic or anything, just say no and tell them why you say no to plastic.

What if refilling your shampoo bottle was as easy as your water bottle?

People from all over the world are replacing cheap, toxic, throwaway plastic packaging with reusable solutions.

Director Gregory Gangemi and illustrator Jocelyn Tsaih imagine what it would look like for companies to do the same!

10/15/2019

Another place to view our films- Kinonow.com. We are chuffed to be among these art house films.

Climate Strike was energetic and young and the rainbow nation that is New York was all around us.
09/22/2019

Climate Strike was energetic and young and the rainbow nation that is New York was all around us.

Film at Lincoln Center is hosting a retrospective of Lili Tomlin and Jane Wagner- last night they were as witty and wond...
09/13/2019

Film at Lincoln Center is hosting a retrospective of Lili Tomlin and Jane Wagner- last night they were as witty and wonderful as the work is.

07/25/2019

Editing my film about ecological restoration and why humans have to see ourselves as part of, rather than above nature. Next door the bull dozers are destroying habitat for a new McMansion, complete with toxic grass that looks like it has been airbrushed. Sickening. When will people "developers" realize that they are literally working to end life. Without insects, birds die. Without cover small mammals perish. Without tress we cannot breath. With polluted water, for green fake lawns, all life dies. Wake up humanity.

Feels great to be back in the edit room on The Land Of Azaba- an immersive film that takes you into the magic of ecologi...
07/14/2019

Feels great to be back in the edit room on The Land Of Azaba- an immersive film that takes you into the magic of ecological restoration in western Spain.

More great press for Before Stonewall- still a chance to see it on the screen in NYC, Miami, North Carolina, and more ci...
07/07/2019
‘Before Stonewall’ Tracks the Pre-Movement Era

More great press for Before Stonewall- still a chance to see it on the screen in NYC, Miami, North Carolina, and more cities. If you are interested in a master class on the making of the film, write us at [email protected]

June 24, 2019 ‘Before Stonewall’ Tracks the Pre-Movement Era By Lauren WissotShare: Long before marriage equality, non-binary gender identity, and the flood of new documentaries commemorating this month’s 50th anniversary of the Greenwich Village uprising that begat the gay rights movement, th...

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Very excited about your newest film!! Congratulations!!!
On Screen: Paris was a Woman Wed 5 July, 6pm (75 mins) Cottesloe Room Female (many of them lesbian) artists, writers, photographers, designers, and adventurers settled in Paris between the wars. They embraced France, some developed an ex-pat culture, and most cherished a way of life quite different than the one left behind. Archival footage, music, paintings, literature, and interviews with folks who were there. Berenice Abbott, Gisele Freund, Djuna Barnes, Natalie Barney, Sylvia Beach, Adrienne Monnier, Gertrude Stein, Alice B. Toklas, Colette, Janet Flanner and others. Tickets available at : https://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/shows/screen-paris-was-woman Any questions please do email me at [email protected]