Who Does She Think She Is? (educational)

  • Directed by: Pamela Tanner Boll
  • Produced by: Will Dunning
Running Time: 82 min

3 and a half stars out of 43&1/2 out of 4 rating from the ALA (View PDF)

From the producing team that won an Academy Award for Born Into Brothels comes WHO DOES SHE THINK SHE IS?, a film that examines some of the most pressing issues of our time: parenting and work, partnering and independence, economics and art. This gorgeously photographed film follows five women artists as they navigate the economic, psychological, and spiritual challenges of making work outside the elite art world. From Hawaii's Big Island to the suburbs of Ohio, from New York City to the deserts of New Mexico, we watch as these women, ranging in age from 27 to 65, fight to honor their vision and their families every day. Interviews with experts like Riane Eisler (The Chalice and the Blade), Maura Reilly (Sackler Center for Feminist Art-Brooklyn Museum), Courtney E. Martin (Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters), Leonard Shlain (The Alphabet vs. The Goddess) and the Guerrilla Girls add a cultural context for these women's uplifting journeys. It is not accolades they seek; it's simply the radical opportunity to live whole.

Awards

Best Documentary
Savannah Film Festival 2008

Best Documentary
Baltimore Women's Film Festival 2008

Best Documentary
Colony Film Festival 2008

Best Documentary
Tupelo Film Festival 2009

Official Selection
Big Sky Documentary Film Festival 2009

Official Selection
Santa Monica Film Festival 2008

Official Selection
Palm Springs International Film Festival 2009

Official Selection
St. Louis Film Festival 2008

Official Selection
New Hampshire Film Festival 2008

Booklist Magazine March 2010 Notable Award
Notable Video for Adults

Accolade Award Nov. 2008
Award of Excellence Winner - Film

Quotes/ Reviews

"Calmly directed by Pamela Tanner Boll, Who Does She Think She Is? is about answering the call to self-expression in the face of biological imperatives and cultural programming." – Jeannette Catsolulis, New York Times

"CAN women follow their artistic instincts and still function as wives and mothers? Pamela Tanner Boll's articulate documentary, Who Does She Think She Is?, answers that question with a qualified 'Yes.'" – V.A. Musetto, New York Post

"Who Does She Think She Is? delivers its fair share of dispiriting statistics. But its 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 highly accessible film, Who Does She Think She Is? seems appropriate for a host of introductory courses focusing on gender, history, art history, and the family. The issues it broaches both around women's creative practices and their motherhood roles will no doubt spark productive conversations." – Susan Richmond, Films for the Feminist Classroom

"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

"This film clearly has a place in classrooms—I for one want to show it in my intro women's studies course in the spring!" – Amy Rutstein-Riley, Ph.D., Professor, Lesley University

"...the art's there to inspire and uplift." – Robert Wilonsky, The Village Voice

"This is a topic that will speak to many, many women." – Justine Shapiro, Promises Films

"A compelling documentary film on women artists..." – Cathy Malchiodi, Psychology Today

 

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