2016 END OF YEAR ROUND UP and HAPPY 2017!!

Dear friends and supporters of She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry,
 
Thank you again for all your support, and happy 2017.  It’s overdue, but we wanted to share with you many of the important events involving She’s Beautiful last year, and what’s coming up next. 
 
While we concede that 2016 was a tough year for women, people of color, immigrants, and the LGBT community, we are hopeful for the future. We were cheered by the spontaneous organizing of the Women’s March on Washington. It was so exciting to be in the DC march last weekend!  The crowds were vibrant with pussy hats and chants and great posters. We were also thrilled by the tens of thousands who went to local marches and the fantastic worldwide turnout.   We are powerful!!
 
We also find hope in the power of film + activism.  Here’s a brief round-up of She’s Beautiful’s highlights of 2016.
 
She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry had a great year, beginning with our March 2016 distribution deal with Music Box Films, both for home DVD’s and streaming services. Thrilled that She’s Beautiful is on NETFLIX, one of the most popular sites online. Better yet, She’s Beautiful is in World-wide distribution; NETFLIX translated the film into 22 languages! Since then, we have received many notes from women all over, thanking us for the film inspiring them and furthering feminist goals. 

 Peru August 13, 2016

Peru August 13, 2016

Notification from Jemina Ledgard on our Facebook page: " We got the idea of calling for a National Women's March after watching your documentary... and three weeks later, this is what happened in Peru - one of the most machista countries in the Southern hemisphere. The press have called it ‘the largest demonstration in the history of the country’ and the police calculated half a million women marching JUST in the capital. We had simultaneous protests in every state in the country as well."
 
Our international reach has greatly expanded, thanks to Netflix and many festivals and also the American Film Showcase, based at University of Southern California Film School, which sent us to Mumbai, India and Botswana last spring. 

 Harish Sadani, (center) one of the founders of the Men Against Violence andAbuse.

Harish Sadani, (center) one of the founders of the Men Against Violence andAbuse.

The Mumbai trip was in late February 2016.  I showed the film to women studies classes, filmmakers, local activists and film festivals. Outside the screenings, the US Consulate staff introduced me to activists of all stripes:  women organizing day care for the children of prostitutes, men organizing against violence against women, workshops teaching skills to uneducated women.  It was extraordinary, and we found that the film resonated deeply with people from different cultures.  We had great discussions, often about very personal issues. While I was there for less than a week, the film has been shown repeatedly in other cities in India.

 The Hindi Newspaper

The Hindi Newspaper

A few of those meetings evolved into “consciousness-raising” sessions. At a screening on my last day, one young woman from the audience talked about her new job, and how her life-long female friends were hostile to her plans and disapproved of her breaking with traditional female roles.  It was quite emotional to hear these stories, and I was struck by the candor with which women were willing to talk about these problems.  I hope that these conversations continue.
 
My trip to Botswana was for two weeks, and most of my time was spent with college students studying film production.  When I arrived, I was troubled to hear that US Embassy staff had concerns about the film’s depiction of abortion and gay issues.  Botswana only allows abortion in cases of rape, incest or medical emergency, and there are anti-gay laws as well.  “Why did they invite this film?” was my first (unspoken) response.  The answer came when I met with Alice Mogwe, the leader of the human rights organization, Ditshwanelo, that showed our film at their festival and set up most of the college screenings.  Alice is a powerhouse, and when I asked her if there would be problems with the sections on abortion, her reply was: “It’s about time they got shaken up.”  

 Limkokwing University class in Gaborone, Botswana.

Limkokwing University class in Gaborone, Botswana.

This was a huge class, in an airplane hanger-like structure at the university.  While the audio was terrible, all was redeemed later when the first young man raised his hand and asked me, “What do you think of Simone De Beauvoir?”  If only I could hear that question in the US!

 Mary with film students in Gabarone, Botswana

Mary with film students in Gabarone, Botswana

For me, the revelatory event was the Gender Activists Tea at the US Ambassador’s home, with a crowd of about 40 people.   After we showed about 35 minutes of the film, including sections on abortion, black feminism, and lesbian rights, we had the most extraordinary meeting outside.   Alice led by bringing up abortion again, and mentioned the recent statistics of women in Botswana dying from illegal abortions (I think it was 18%) then the debate took off.   Speaker after speaker talked about the need to tackle this issue now, including women in the Parliament, revered tribal elders, and the first female Botswana Ambassador to the US.  It felt like we were watching history being made.  The LGBT issues followed, with several gay activists and trans people in the audience speaking up.  It was amazing.   
 
All year the film has shown world wide; a few of the diverse venues:  the Legislative Assembly of Alberta; A Witch Dance Performance Festival in Berlin; the AKS Gay film festival in Islamabad, Pakistan, and more LGBT film festivals.
 
Within the US and Canada there have been screenings at numerous churches and synagogues, more universities, as well as events with NOW, the YWCA, Planned Parenthood, Democratic Socialists of America, LGBT groups and art center events.   A friend in San Francisco told me that the Public Library there has 25 copies of the film!  So can we do more?  Well, of course!
 
What’s up in 2017?
 
The election and growing abuse of women have disheartened all of us. The relevance of She’s Beautiful has never been more needed.
 
We’re in the midst of setting up a bunch of 2017 screenings in the US and Canada, others in Greece, Vienna.  After our first year of festival screenings, and the last two years of theatrical, festival and finally online access, we are reaching a wide audience, and still get very touching notes about the film, including this one from just last week:
 
“I am a 21 year old lesbian woman attending a university for a degree in international relations/history and I just want to say that this documentary really gave me an outlook on my life, and I haven't stopped thinking about since I watched it. I never before realized what all the women's liberation movement did for me to let me live my life as I do today happily and without prejudice.  I just want to say thank you to the producers and directors of this film as well as the women that were spoken about.  The world needs to know about what those ladies have done, especially young women like me, because they need to realize and be appreciative that we can have what we have because those women fought for us.”

UPDATES:  More on women in the film
 
Saddest first:
 
Marlene Sanders passed in 2016, we miss her wit and wisdom immensely.
 
Naomi Weisstein passed last year, after a long illness and great courage. 
 
Sally Lund, one of our earliest donors, also passed last year.
 
Susan Brownmiller has a new book coming out:

MY CITY HIGHRISE GARDEN will be published by Rutgers University Press in March, 2017.
 
Heather Booth is the subject of a new documentary: Heather Booth: Changing the World, Directed by Lilly Rivlin, 2017.   

Trina Robbins new memoir, Last Girl Standing, is coming out in 2017 from Fantagraphics, covering the women's liberation movement and It Ain't Me, Babe.

The Our Bodies, Ourselves collective had a successful fund-raising campaign in 2016, so the struggle continues!  And the book gets a very funny scene in a new film, 20th Century Women.

Many thanks,   

Mary
and the She’s Beautiful Team: Nancy Kennedy, Nina Puro, Catherine Dwyer and new associate Chia-Lun Chang. 

Home DVD + streaming now available!

You can now watch She's Beautiful When She's Angry wherever you live.  We're available on DVD, iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, YouTube, and other streaming services via our distributor, Music Box Films. Purchase here: bit.ly/ownSBWSA.

Thanks to your support and our hard-working team, anyone with the funds to buy the film can have access to it. We're so glad it can reach more people. 

We're grateful for your enthusiasm during this journey. Please pass this news along to anyone you think might be interested!

Learn more at www.bit.ly/ownSBWSA or order on Amazon by clicking here!

Long-Overdue Update: Theatrical Run, International Film Festivals, DVDs, and More!

It's been a while since we updated you on the film's progress! Being busy is good, and being super-busy means that your film is a hit!  We are still opening in theaters this month, in Santa Cruz, Pittsburgh, and re-opening in Chicago, after a great run there in March! 


International Film Circuit and Wendy Lidell have done an amazing job, and the film has had theatrical runs in almost every state, and in many cities, sometimes running for weeks.  Check the Find a Screening page lists screenings to come and in the past.


As part of our campaign, we have worked locally with many wonderful organizations: Planned Parenthood, National Organization for Women (NOW), the YWCA, Veteran Feminists of America, and groups focusing on LGBTQ rights, rape prevention, public policy, lawyers's associations, women and gender studies, African American studies, the ACLU, Code Pink, Emily's List, labor & employment groups, women in the arts, girls' empowerment, and that's just for starters.  All these partnerships have promoted great conversations, and even some on-the-spot activism.


One example:  The day after we opened in the Bay Area, the SF Chronicle published a letter to the editor, asking if students received free tickets to see the film Selma because of its historical importance, why wasn't the same thing happening for She's Beautiful When She's Angry?  That night at a Berkeley screening, an audience member brought up the letter, and then a woman in the audience jumped up and said, "We can do this! If everyone puts in $5 in the hat, we can give free tickets for low-income students to see the film." That night and the next we raised over $1300, and bought tickets for around two hundred students in Oakland, SF, and Berkeley.  


The theatrical will continue a little longer, but our concentration now is on getting the film into colleges and other forms of distribution. We have started education distribution with Cinema Guild, and SBWSA has been their top seller for the past three months! Order it here.


People frequently ask about Video on Demand and selling DVD's, which have been delayed because of the huge expense of clearing music rights for different markets...we're still working on those. 


We're starting on the educational materials, and setting up our website to provide research information. 

We're showing in film fests around the world --  lately in Turkey, Australia, Ireland, Seoul, Canada and Spain.  

We're breathless, but happy, many thanks to you all!!



Mary, Nancy and the She's Beautiful Team
 

DC Opening and Latest Press

We couldn't have had a better time in Washington DC last weekend. We'd like to thank the many women, organisations and audience members who helped contribute to the lively and inspiring Q&A discussions. 

Thanks To:

 

Recent Press

“Sleek and lively.  Paints a vivid, entertaining, and … witty picture of feminism’s root and cultivation in the latter half of the 20th century.’
Michael Snyder, Marina Times

“***1/2.  STIRRING.  Celebrates feminist history with GUSTO.”
Anita Katz, SF Examiner

“*****    Provides the kind of eye-opening anthropological evidence that shows how much has changed.  Performs a critical service by recalling these women and the risks they took: the film should be required viewing for every young female whippersnapper who takes women’s rights for granted.”
Rick Marianetti, Examiner.com

“A moving reminder of how crucial citizen action is in fomenting social change.”
Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

Bay Area Reception and other news

We are VERY excited to be opening in the Bay Area tomorrow, February 6th!  Mary,  Fran Beal and Ruth Rosen were on KALW Local Public Radio 91.7FM's "Your Call" hosted by  Rose Aguilar today.  So many great issues were discussed, ranging from reproductive rights, the struggle to raise the minimum wage, the absence of women in historical narratives, to how the FBI spied on women's liberation groups, the intersections of race and class in the women's liberation movement and much more. I highly recommend listening! 

For info on the screenings and special Q&As in the bay area check out our screenings page.

And check out some of the great reviews and press the film has received in the Bay Area:

“****”  - Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle

“BRACING.  INFORMATIVE.” - Kelly Vance, East Bay Express

A BRILLIANT mosaic of interviews, archival footage, and a terrific sound score.  INCENDIARY and SEXUAL.” -  Lou Fancher, Contra Costa Times

FASCINATING.  Demonstrates that things are better than they were, but they still need to be better than they are.” – Sherilyn Connelly, SF Weekly

“BRACING.  INFORMATIVE.  A concise history of social change that serves both as a primer for younger audiences and as a congratulatory filmed scrapbook for the women (and their men friends) who lived through the "women's lib" days, beginning in the late 1960s.” – Kelly Vance, East Bay Express 

 “A brilliant mosaic of interviews, archival footage, scrupulously directed re-enactments and a terrific sound score. Incendiary and sexual, unafraid to address race and civil rights divisions that alternately splintered and sealed the intellectual, outspoken, angry and often hilariously revolutionary figures leading the charge, Dore's film is perhaps the best way to understand how great -- or how limited -- women's progress has been since 1971.” -- Lou Fancher, Vallejo Times Herald/Contra Costa Times

"Exhaustively researched, “She’s Beautiful” is a whirlwind tour through the movement’s marches, protests, poetry readings, consciousness-raising groups and the spirited discussions — that we’re still having — about work, child care, compensation and rape." - Jessica Zack, San Francisco Chronicle

She's Beautiful When She's Angry Makes its Theatrical Debut

Attention New Yorkers! Join us at one of our exciting screening events this weekend.  

Featuring Q&As with the filmmakers, some of the women featured in the film, Edie Windsor (defeater of DOMA), Veteran NOW members, Planned Parenthood, and more!

FRIDAY 12/5 7:15pm

Filmmakers Mary Dore and Nancy Kennedy joined by Film Subjects Muriel Fox, Linda Burnham, Marlene Sanders , Nona Willis Aronowitz, Carol Giardina, Alix Kates Shulman, Marilyn Webb and Ellen Shumsky.

 

SATURDAY 12/6 2:30pm

Q&A with filmmakers Mary Dore and Nancy Kennedy, moderated by Diane Max and Christine Canedo of Planned Parenthood of NYC.

 

 SATURDAY 12/6 5:00 pm 

Q&A with Mary Dore.

 

SATURDAY 12/6 7:15pm

Mary Dore & Edie Windsor, litigant in the recent Supreme Court suit that resulted in declaring DOMA unconstitutional.  Moderated by J. Bob Alotta, exec dir of Astraea Foundation.  

 

SUNDAY 12/7 2:30pm

NOW and NYCLU – Mary Dore, Past National NOW VP Lucy Komisar and Film Subject, Marlene Sanders.  Moderated by Katharine Bodde of NYCLU & Sonia Ossorio of NOW.

 

SUNDAY 12/7 5:00 pm

Q&A with Mary Dore.

 

SUNDAY 12/7 7:15pm 

Filmmakers Mary Dore and Nancy Kennedy with Mirra Bank of NY Women in Film & TV, Debbie Zimmerman from Women Make Movies, The Chicken & Egg Pictures Team, The Fork Films Team, Shellen Lubin & Avis Boone from Women in the Arts & Media Coalition and Exec Producers Elizabeth Driehaus and Pamela Tanner Boll

Doc NYC Film Festival lineup announced

Being based in Brooklyn, we are excited to finally be able to announce our New York premiere! SHE'S BEAUTIFUL WHEN SHE'S ANGRY will screen at the DOC NYC Film Festival on November 16 at the SVA Theatre!

Director/Producer Mary Dore & Producer Nancy Kennedy, with film subjects Marlene Sanders, Alix Kates Shulman, Karla Jay and Nona Willis Aronowitz will all be there after the screening to answer questions.

Join the FB event for updates: http://bit.ly/SBWSADocNYC


SUNDAY 11/16 2:15PM
SVA Theatre
333 West 23rd Street
New York, NY 10011
(212) 924-7771
Film Info & Tickets ($17 general/$14 member/$15 Senior or Child):