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  • Casting the First Stone

    Casting the First Stone

    Set against the background of the Supreme Court’s historic decisions on women’s reproductive rights, this documentary looks at the abortion controversy through the eyes of six women activists on both sides of the barricades in Paoli, PA. CASTING THE FIRST STONE focuses on six women who regularly confront each other from opposite sides of the picket line. Three believe that abortion should be an inalienable right. The other three believe it constitutes murder. Shelley Miller, director of a Paoli, PA women’s health clinic, endures constant harassment from anti-abortion groups camped outside the clinic’s doors. Joan Scalia, a Catholic and mother of six, defies her husband to join the most audacious of these anti-abortion groups called Operation Rescue. Sharon Owens, a clinic counselor, minister’s wife and adoptive mother of three, is closer to the middle. She cannot decide when human life “begins,” but feels a religious obligation as a Christian “to be in the place where hard decisions are being made.” Chronicling the daily lives of these and other women, director Julie Gustafson visits anti-abortion blockades, counseling sessions, a visit with a young mother whom protestors persuaded to have her baby, and Planned Parenthood’s emergency board meetings following the Supreme Court’s 1989 Webster v. Missouri decision that allowed states to deny some of the protections set by Roe v. Wade. Appearances include Randall Terry of Operation Rescue, Bill Baird, a longtime pro-choice activist and Faye Wattleton of Planned Parenthood.

    CASTING THE FIRST STONE makes clear that the conflict over abortion is not just political but also about the role and the rights of women in society. Clinic counselors, shaped by first wave feminist activism of the 1960s and 70s argue they are not promoting abortion but are “providing women with choices.” Other pro-life women reply, “You know what offends me about feminists? They say they are speaking for me.” Continue reading

  • The Politics of Intimacy

    The Politics of Intimacy

    In this seminal feminist video, ten women address the camera and seemingly each other in a wide-ranging exploration of such previously taboo subjects as women’s sexuality, power, and fears about intimacy. First-time videomaker, Julie Gustafson, forgoes shame and focuses on the women’s questions about orgasm, masturbation and male “ownership” of sexuality, as well as their joy in exploring their bodies and desire for satisfying sexual lives. The only expert in the tape is Dr. Mary Jane Sherfey, author of “Nature and Evolution of Female Sexuality,” who provides scientific descriptions of women’s orgasms and context for the historical suppression of female sexuality. According to the curators of the 1992 Whitney Museum’s series “From Object to Subject,” “by selecting women who vary in age, color, sexual experience and orientation and by using extreme close ups and a pace resembling real time, Gustafson creates an ideal consciousness raising group (c-r).” Indeed, “Politics of Intimacy” is a valuable document of the synergy between the growing women’s movement and the new video technology and aesthetics of its time. Originally shot in 1/2″ B & W video. Continue reading

  • Lifestyles: An Experiment in Feedback

    Lifestyles: An Experiment in Feedback

    Two students from a Global Village workshop explore their lives and family’s beliefs about gender roles by using video feedback. One is a New Jersey housewife who hopes to convince her flamboyant and macho husband that she can be more than a wife and mothers; the other is a NYC single mother and writer already forging an independent path. Poignant and often funny, the resulting ‘experiment’ evolves into a striking feminist documentary using the power of new video technology. Continue reading

  • [Politics of Intimacy raw: Julie’s Mother tape 2]

    [Politics of Intimacy raw: Julie’s Mother tape 2]

    This is raw footage shot for Julie Gustafson’s documentary, “The Politics of Intimacy.” In this seminal feminist video, ten women address the camera and seemingly each other in a wide-ranging exploration of such previously taboo subjects as women’s sexuality, power, and fears about intimacy. This interview is with Julie’s mother, Margit Gustafson. Originally shot in 1/2″ B & W video. Continue reading

  • [Politics of Intimacy – Joanne – Tape 1]

    [Politics of Intimacy – Joanne – Tape 1]

    This is raw footage shot for Julie Gustafson’s documentary, “The Politics of Intimacy.” In this seminal feminist video, ten women address the camera and seemingly each other in a wide-ranging exploration of such previously taboo subjects as women’s sexuality, power, and fears about intimacy. This interview is with Joanne Bauer. Originally shot in 1/2″ B & W video. Continue reading

  • [Politics of Intimacy – Joanne Tape 2]

    [Politics of Intimacy – Joanne Tape 2]

    This is raw footage shot for Julie Gustafson’s documentary, “The Politics of Intimacy.” In this seminal feminist video, ten women address the camera and seemingly each other in a wide-ranging exploration of such previously taboo subjects as women’s sexuality, power, and fears about intimacy. This interview is with Joanne Bauer. Originally shot in 1/2″ B & W video. Continue reading

  • [Politics of Intimacy – Trudy and Joan Tape 2]

    [Politics of Intimacy – Trudy and Joan Tape 2]

    This is raw footage shot for Julie Gustafson’s documentary, “The Politics of Intimacy.” In this seminal feminist video, ten women address the camera and seemingly each other in a wide-ranging exploration of such previously taboo subjects as women’s sexuality, power, and fears about intimacy. This interview is with Trudy & Joan. Originally shot in 1/2″ B & W video. Continue reading

  • [Politics of Intimacy – Trudy and Joan Tape 3]

    [Politics of Intimacy – Trudy and Joan Tape 3]

    This is raw footage shot for Julie Gustafson’s documentary, “The Politics of Intimacy.” In this seminal feminist video, ten women address the camera and seemingly each other in a wide-ranging exploration of such previously taboo subjects as women’s sexuality, power, and fears about intimacy. This interview is with Joan & Trudy. Originally shot in 1/2″ B & W video. Continue reading

 
 
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