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.
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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.

Mission: Documentary films that uncover, reconstruct, and celebrate the lives of ordinary people doing extraordinary things.

This woman has an optimistic message about bio diversity, but it will take political will from the world.
02/18/2021
Elizabeth Mrema interview: We have to be optimistic about biodiversity

This woman has an optimistic message about bio diversity, but it will take political will from the world.

Crunch talks later this year will determine whether we can reduce our impact on Earth’s ecosystems – and there are positive signs, says the diplomat in charge of the process

01/30/2021

The movie captures the exhaustion, the grandstanding, the gavel hunting, the squabbling, and the waste of time and research endemic to any proper Model U.N. conference. But it also documents the friendship and camaraderie that inevitably results, and the triumph of finishing a competition and maybe even winning it. Anyone who has done Model U.N. will recognize most of the emotions in this doc. This is a review of UN Fever from a viewer on #kanopy If your library, school or university has #kanopy you can watch for free- or watch on Amazon for small charge.

Excellent use of money. We knew Audre Lorde and the fabulous Jewelle Gomez interviewed her for our film Before Stonewall...
01/13/2021
With a $2 Million Gift, Spelman Will Launch the First-Ever HBCU Queer Studies Chair in Honor of Audre Lorde

Excellent use of money. We knew Audre Lorde and the fabulous Jewelle Gomez interviewed her for our film Before Stonewall. The only person I ever gave the right to see a film before release to ensure she was quoted accurately. She loved the film and many of our subsequent films.

“When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid,” wrote activist, poet, author and feminist icon Audre Lorde, who in life and legacy has become a beacon for subsequent generations on the intersections of rac...

“Brilliant! A stranger-than-fiction tale of fascinating lives in a troubled time.” — Loren King, The Boston Globe“An ima...
12/22/2020
Escape to Life – Jezebel Productions

“Brilliant! A stranger-than-fiction tale of fascinating lives in a troubled time.” — Loren King, The Boston Globe

“An imaginative, insightful exploration of the lives and times of two of Thomas Mann’s children… The voicing by the Redgraves is an inspired stroke, underscoring the Manns’ rivalry and intimacy.” — Gareth Evans, TIME OUT London

“An especially interesting documentary… that illustrates the human fates as well as the dictates of history.”— Jukka Kajava, Helsinki (Finland) Sanomat

Watch ESCAPE TO LIFE now on Vimeo https://jezebelproductions.org/escape-to-life/

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

12/05/2020
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SESSION FOUR: BONES OF CONTENTION
December 5th at 8pm
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We close the festival with an evening with Andrea Weiss (City College) presenting her 2017 film Bones of Contention. The film deals with “the theme of historical memory in Spain, focusing on the repression of lesbians and gays under Franquismo and Spain's most famous poet, Federico Garcia Lorca.”

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Time: Dec 5, 2020 08:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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Second row middle- my niece in "I Live At Ground Zero".  And they listed her under cast and crew too.  Looking for an ac...
11/29/2020
Isabella Jane Schiller

Second row middle- my niece in "I Live At Ground Zero". And they listed her under cast and crew too. Looking for an actress? Check out Isabella Jane Schiller on IMDB or her webpage. https://www.isabellajaneschiller.com/
You can also watch I Live At Ground Zero using your Kanopy library card.

NYC-based actor and creator, always on the lookout for new opportunities to play and bring stories to life.

I was thinking about Amazon and how government must regulate them, require decent pay and work place safety.  Thinking h...
11/29/2020

I was thinking about Amazon and how government must regulate them, require decent pay and work place safety. Thinking how I need to watch Ovid.tv and Kino Now more. Then I clicked Prime Video and they had read my mind. They suggested I watch one of my own films. Here are the screen shots.

I went to my first in person event since March 15th- The Mystic Film Festival. In my forty years of filmmaking and many ...
10/26/2020

I went to my first in person event since March 15th- The Mystic Film Festival. In my forty years of filmmaking and many many awards- this was my first for Best Documentary Cinematography.
Thanks to Tom Hurwitz and Laura Sipan who created such beautiful images (I did additional camera). Thanks to NYSCA, the Fulbright Commission, Rachel Carson Center and the University of Zurich for financial support. And to the FHYN for letting us tell their story of ecological restoration.

10/13/2020
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09/30/2020

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09/29/2020
Mystic Film Festival

Our first in person screening will take place Oct 24th in Mystic Ct. Hope some of you can make it.

THE LAND OF AZABA is a closely observed film exploring the theme of ecological restoration, a worldwide movement to turn back the tide of mass extinction and restore planet earth to ecological balance. This feature documentary immerses the viewer in a magical world where humans and wildlife work together to restore the largest tract of wild nature in western Europe, on the Spanish/Portugal border. The survival of many rare species, including ancient oaks, insects, vultures, aurochs and horses, is at stake. Directed by Greta Schiller, who made the film because "people need stories of hope and success to overcome despair. In contrast to the alarming ecological doomsday news we receive daily, THE LAND OF AZABA has an exciting and optimistic premise: humanity can turn back the tide of mass extinction and restore planet earth back to ecological balance." Screening at The Velvet Mill on October 24th at 2:00PM. Seating is limited and socially distanced. A Q&A with the director will follow the screening. Get your tickets here for this beautifully made film: https://events.ticketprinting.com/event/The-Land-Of-Azaba-44846

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1iaJL94LGDo

The Velvet Mill Jezebel Productions

One of our Sweethearts has died of Covid.  RIP - she was a pioneering woman in jazz.
08/10/2020
Musical pioneer Helen Jones Woods dies of coronavirus at 96

One of our Sweethearts has died of Covid. RIP - she was a pioneering woman in jazz.

Helen Jones Woods, who toured with a pioneering, all-female, multiracial big band at a young age and was fired from the Omaha Symphony for being Black, died at age 96 from the coronavirus. Sunday TODAY’s Willie Geist remembers a life well-lived.

When we could not make it to the Festival des Femmes Festival in France we sent Helen Jones. It was her first trip to Eu...
08/08/2020
International Sweethearts of Rhythm – Jezebel Productions

When we could not make it to the Festival des Femmes Festival in France we sent Helen Jones. It was her first trip to Europe since she toured during the war with the band. Her death brings up so many memories of meeting the band during the making of the documentary. https://jezebelproductions.org/international-sweethearts-of-rhythm/

This photo is from the "set"- the living room of Tiny Davis and Ruby Lucas (portrayed in our film TINY & RUBY: HELL DIVIN WOMEN)

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

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
Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: The Marion Lake Story - Film Discussion. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.

On Wed April 29th- Join Sierra Club screening of The Marion Lake Story with Greta Schiller and Lori Luscher in discussion after!
Zoom: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/vpYpdOyrpzgpQob0MUKH0bqQCvvnxp4Jsg

Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: The Marion Lake Story - Film Discussion. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.

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....

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03/14/2020

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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...

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Featured 2:10 into https://youtu.be/lj2fVTsIaL0 for 1985: “Where is the love” meant the love of women and “Let’s get started” was meant to empower them, though the equality movement(s) happened decades ago. Feminism has two forms to me: mentally and physically. Mentally, it is all the progress women have made to gain equal rights. Physically, it’s athletics, which were still a challenge to females back in ’85. This was meant to display women achieved both mental and physical challenges. I thought the lyrics, even taken out of context, still made a good video with this song. All images were researched 1985, the year of the song and/or its album. Please note that search engines can be inaccurate and images can be mistagged with the wrong year. Images used were in the order of the search results. I don’t like to discriminate; I prefer this “mixed bag” approach.
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]