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Shirley Clarke – The Cool World

August 31, 2015

Shirley Clark’s “The Cool World” is a worthwhile addition to the Directed by Women global screening party.

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tumblr_ns8dpqvEzD1uc5uk0o1_r1_500This documentary-style feature film was directed by American filmmaker Shirley Clarke in 1964. Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman served as the film’s producer.

The film was based on a novel by Warren Miller and tells the story of Harlem street gangs.

The Harvard Film Archive said:

Clarke’s marginalized position as a female filmmaker afforded her an authentic, deeply felt outsider/insider view; thus, her subject matter of her films also spotlit the alienated, the oppressed, the othered. Unable to even conform to a “standard” format, Clarke instead inhabited the spaces in between art forms, in between dance and film, documentary and fiction, performance and experience.and later film and video.

Clarke died in 1997.

The Cool World screens September 1 at Fabrica in Brighton in connection with the Bijou Electric Empire Forever.

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Directed by Women

August 30, 2015

Why you should be a part of the Directed by Women film festival.

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This September is the first-ever Directed by Women film festival – a global viewing party celebrating films directed by women.

Why is this important?

indie-infographicWell, according to the Indiewire’s Women and Hollywood project, from 2009-2013:

  • 4.7% of studio films were directed by women
  • 10% of independent films were directed by women

So in honor of the event, I’m going to be focusing on women-made films here on the blog, both historical and contemporary.

Check out the Directed by Women tumblr for more about the party.

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Bring the Homefront Heroines Home!

August 29, 2015

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We’re a part of the Directed by Women global film viewing party happening September 1-15. The party is a worldwide celebration of women-directed films.

We’ll be reposting pages from our other blog here to help raise awareness of the event and give you ideas of films you may want to watch during the month.

But as part of the celebration we’re also offering you a discount on Homefront Heroines. Purchase the DVD from Create Space or get it on demand from Vimeo and we’ll give your 15% off your purchase or rental price. Enter promo code 3MY4J86N. The offer is good through September 15th.

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Happy Fourth of July!!!

July 4, 2015

Thought you might enjoy some of these. Happy Independence Day!

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French Trainees

June 1, 2015


The French Navy’s Feminins de la Flotte began training with US Navy WAVES at Hunter College in June 1944, as noted in this news item from the WAVES Newsletter.

It comes from Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies at Harvard University.


A WAVE in Pop Culture

March 8, 2015


lynda-carter-3 Watching a repeat of The New Adventures of Wonder Woman and saw what appeared to be a WAVE uniform.

Sure enough, Diana Prince (aka Wonder Woman) was a Navy Yeoman during her undercover job in World War II.






Susan Ahn Cuddy

March 2, 2015

WAVE Susan Ahn Cuddy was a trailblazer during her years in the Navy. The first Korean American WAVE, and first Korean American WAVE officer,  she worked as a gunnery instructor before moving into Naval Intelligence.

You can read her story in the book Willow Tree Shade and see it in our film.

This is a preview of her story – taken from the film.

The sneak peek is part of our month of video countdown to the home video release of Homefront Heroines: The WAVES of World War II.