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DETAILS: Documentary, 82 minutes English, Not Rated © 2009 Mystic Artists Film Productions
WHO DOES SHE THINK SHE IS?, a riveting documentary by Academy Award-winning producer Pamela Tanner Boll (Born Into Brothels), features five bold women who navigate some of the most problematic intersections of our time: parenting and creativity, partnering and independence, economics and art. Through their lives Tanner Boll explores what it means to nurture children and family, and keep the creative fire burning within.
The film considers an era when women were revered as cultural muses, and the modern era when most people are unable to name a handful of female artists. Tanner Boll’s energetic camera documents actual work, giving us a feel for the creative process. In interviews with the artists, and in some cases, their families, Boll raises important questions about how art is valued in our culture.
Can women follow their artistic instincts and still function as wives and mothers? Pamela Tanner Boll’s articulate documentary answers that question with a qualified “Yes.”
V.A. MUSETTO, The New York Post
Includes interviews with experts; Riane Eisler (The Chalice and the Blade), The Guerrilla Girls, Maura Reilly (Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Brooklyn Museum) and Leonard Shlain (The Alphabet vs. The Goddess).
A curriculum guide written by Courtney Martin author of Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters/Editor, Feministing, is included on the DVD and is also available for download.
“Every school in every town and city should show this film… It is a testimonial to the human Spirit alive and well in the lives of those who dare to stand up and be counted in original ways”. DR. CARA BARKER, The Huffington Post
“(The film’s) impulse is visionary, not plaintive. Exploring the challenges of being a female artist and, in particular, the thorny balancing act between motherhood and artistic expression, Pamela Tanner Boll and Nancy Kennedy have made a vibrant film.” SHERI LINDEN, Los Angeles Times
“A compelling documentary film on women artists, (WHO DOES SHE THINK SHE IS?) explores the barriers to the creative process and how art ultimately transforms women’s lives and those around them.” CATHY MALCHIODI, Psychology TodayGreat for many classes including: