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Amy! and Frida Kahlo and Tina Modotti
Two films by Laura Mulvey and Peter Wollen, Color/BW

WMM is pleased to release two early works by renowned film scholar Laura Mulvey, co-written and co-directed with Peter Wollen. Mulvey came to prominen...

Artist on Fire
A film by Kay Armatage, 1987, 54 min., Color

A pioneer of feminist avant-garde cinema, Joyce Wieland has explored the crux of nationalism, feminine sexuality and ecology for more than thirty year...

The Audition
A film by Anna Campion, 1990, 24 min., Color

The filmmaker's sister, Jane Campion, journeys home to New Zealand to audition her onetime actress mother for a small role as a schoolteacher in her f...

The Cinematic Jazz of Julie Dash
A film by Yvonne Welbon, 1992, 27 min., Color

From her innovative short works to her critically acclaimed feature debut DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST, the films of Julie Dash have broken new cinematic gro...

The Films of Maya Deren
A compilation of films by Maya Deren, 1959, 76 min., BW

Maya Deren's fascinating and beautiful films are masterpieces of their era and provide an important insight into the history of the avant-garde. MESH...

Divine Horsemen-The Living Gods of Haiti
A film by Maya Deren, 1977, 52 min., BW

A journey into the fascinating world of the Voudoun religion edited from footage shot by Deren in Haiti....

Dry Kisses Only
A film by Jane Cottis and Kaucyila Brooke, 1990, 75 min., Color

Through manipulated film clips, the hilarious commentary of Theory Woman and interviews with the Lesbian on the Street, this marvelous videotape explo...

Filming Desire:
A film by Marie Mandy, 2000, 60 min., Color

“In this bold documentary Marie Mandy asks the question: how do women directors film love, desire, and, especially, sexuality? In rare interviews wit...

Gluttony
A film by Helke Sander, 1986, Color

Eve discovers the rapture of the apple and offers it to Adam thus committing the original sin. Told in studio-bound cartoon style, this tale serves a...

Illusions
A film by Julie Dash, 1983, 34 min., BW

The time is 1942, a year after Pearl Harbor; the place is National Studios, a fictitious Hollywood motion picture studio. Mignon Duprée, a Black woman...

Invocation
A film by Jo Ann Kaplan, 1987, 53 min., Color/BW

Maya Deren is a legend of avant-garde cinema. This authoritative biography of the charismatic filmmaker, poet and anthropologist features excerpts fro...

Jodie: An Icon
A film by Pratibha Parmar, 1996, 24 min., Color

Jodie is a fast paced, breezy look at the transatlantic phenomenon that has made Hollywood actress Jodie Foster an icon for lesbians who identify with...

Lip
A film collaboration between Tracey Moffatt and Gary Hillberg, 1999, 10 min., Color

It is Hollywood’s favorite role for black women: the maid. Sassy or sweet, snickeringly attentive or flippantly dismissive, the performers who play t...

The Lost Garden
A film by Marquise Lepage, 1995, 53 min., Color

THE LOST GARDEN looks at the life and times of Alice Guy-Blaché (1873-1968), arguably, the first narrative filmmaker in the world. Creating her first...

Meeting of Two Queens
A film by Cecilia Barriga, 1991, 14 min., Color

In this witty, luminous tape Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich star in the roles of their lives—cast as lovers by Chilean video artist Barriga. Queen C...

My Filmmaking, My Life
A film by Patricia Diaz, 1990, 30 min., Color

Matilde Landeta entered the flourishing Mexican film industry in the 1930s, working her way up from script girl to direct 110 shorts and, in the late ...

Reconstruction
A film by Irene Lusztig, 2001, 90 min., Color/BW

Filmmaker Irene Lusztig unearths a dark family secret in search of answers and reconciliation in her breakthrough feature documentary, RECONSTRUCTION....

Seven Women-Seven Sins
Produced by Maxi Cohen, Maya Constantine, and Brigitte Kramer, 1987, 101 min., Color

What constitutes a deadly sin today? Seven of the world’s best-known women directors produce their own version of celluloid sin in this omnibus film. ...

Sisters of the Screen
A film by Beti Ellerson, 2002, 73 min., Color

Exploring the extraordinary contributions of women filmmakers from Africa and the diaspora, Beti Ellerson’s engaging debut intersperses interviews wit...

Suffragettes in the Silent Cinema
A Film by Kay Sloan, 2003, 35 min., Color/BW

In the days before movies could talk, silent films spoke clearly of sexual politics, and in Suffragettes in the Silent Cinema, historian and wr...

Tender Fictions
A film by Barbara Hammer, 1995, 58 min., Color

Innovative, funny, and historic, TENDER FICTIONS is an autobiographical exploration of the search for and meaning of gay community. From a childhood ...

Ulrike Ottinger - Nomad from the Lake
A film by Brigitte Kramer, 2012, 86 min., Color

This intimate personal portrait of Ulrike Ottinger, a unique, influential voice in women’s cinema for over four decades, begins at the lakeside city o...

Up in the Sky: Tracey Moffatt in New York
A film by Jane Cole, 1999, 26 min., Color

"UP IN THE SKY scans the universe created by the provocative and talented photographer and filmmaker Tracey Moffatt, Australia's answer to Cindy Sherm...

Women Filmmakers in Russia
A film by Sally Potter, 1990, 51 min., Color

Since Lenin's fervent embrace of cinema in the 1920s, more women have worked in the film industry in Russia than in the West. This fascinating docume...

Women Who Made the Movies
A film by Gwendolyn Foster and Wheeler Dixon, 1992, 55 min., Color/BW

WOMEN WHO MADE THE MOVIES traces the careers and films of such pioneer women filmmakers as Alice Guy Blaché, Ruth Ann Baldwin, Ida Lupino, Leni Riefen...

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