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Joan Braderman / United States / 2012 / 95 ' / English


Kathy Schermerhorn & Scott Hancock
Lily Henderson
June Millington
Lee Madeloni
Joan Braderman & Crescent Diamond

Awards & Festivals

Official Selection: Santa Fe Film Festival, 2009
Official Selection: Ankara International Film Festival, 2010
Official Selection: Frame Line 34, 2010
Official Selection: International Women's Film Festival of Barcelona, 2010
Official Selection: Vermont International Film Festival, 2009
Official Selection: Santa Barbara International Film Festival, 2010
Official Selection: San Francisco Women’s Film Festival, 2010
Official Selection: Green Mountain Film Festival, Montpelier, 2010
Official Selection: Calgary International Film Festival, 2010
Official Selection: Austin Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, Texas, 2010
Official Selection: Image+Nation International Film Festival, Montreal, 2010

Upcoming Screenings

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In Production

An exhilarating exploration of feminism, media and art, via the 1970s NYC feminist art collective that produced the journal "Heresies."


Tracing the influence of the Women's Movement's Second Wave on art and life, THE HERETICS is the exhilarating inside story of the New York feminist art collective that produced Heresies: A Feminist Publication on Art and Politics (1977-92). In this feature-length documentary, cutting-edge video artist/writer/director Joan Braderman, who joined the group in 1975 as an aspiring filmmaker, charts the collective's challenges to terms of gender and power and its history as a microcosm of the period's broader transformations.

On the road with her camera crew from New Mexico to Italy, Braderman reconnects with 28 other group members, including writer/critic Lucy Lippard, architect Susanna Torre, filmmaker Su Friedrich, and artists Ida Applebroog, Mary Miss, Miriam Schapiro, and Cecilia Vicuña. Still funny, smart and sexy, the geographically dispersed participants revisit how and why they came together and the extraordinary times they shared supporting and exploring women's art and demanding the right to be heard.

Enlivened by striking digital motion graphics, THE HERETICS intercuts interviews with archival film clips, video and stills from the period, texts and images from Heresies magazines, and footage of completed artworks and works-in-progress. An exuberant, multi-layered collage, the film brings the Heresies collective and its strategies for unlocking the potential in women's lives vividly to the screen.


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