Janie's Janie + Three Lives
DIRECTOR: KATE MILLETT & SUSAN KLECKNER / GERI ASHUR, PETER BARTON, MARILYN MULFORD, STEPHANIE PAWLESKI, NEWSREEL
Peter Barton in person
Kate Millett & Susan Kleckner / 1971 / 70 min / 16mm
Geri Ashur, Peter Barton, Marilyn Mulford, Stephanie Pawleski, Newsreel / 1971 / 25 min / 16mm
Co-presented by Third World Newsreel, Celebrating 50 Years of Progressive Media; Film courtesy of the Reserve Film and Video Collection of The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.
One of the most moving documentaries of the era, Newsreel’s Janie’s Janie breaks with their usual format for a more personal approach, following one woman’s journey to self-determination, or as Janie says, “First I was my father’s Janie, then I was my Charlie’s Janie, now I’m Janie’s Janie.” Screening with Three Lives, a triptych of portraits of different women made by an all female crew, including feminist icon Kate Millett, with the express purpose of initiating a new kind of cinema by women and for women. Melissa Anderson writes in ArtForum, “Born of the then thriving personal-is-political impulse, Three Lives records a specific moment in another era yet still remains vital and absorbing today.”
Total Runtime: 95 mins