We are thrilled to announce that !Women Art Revolution was selected by MOMA New York as one of the 3 best documentaries of the year. It will screen in December and January in New York!
We are thrilled to announce that !Women Art Revolution will be distributed through Zeitgeist Films. It is a pleasure to join the Zeitgeist family, a catalog of films that are "strongly auteur-driven and have a distinct visual style and unique content".
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...it will live long and hard in universities and will probably enjoy the sort of re-purchasing experienced by education staples like Un Chien Andalou. It warrants that kind of replay.
- Sara Maria Vizcarrondo, Box Office Magazine, August 24, 2011
All artists, especially women, need to embrace their responsibility and watch this truly inspirational chronicle of artistic segregation.
- Lauren Lloyd, LAist, June 14, 2011
...a stunning account of the feminist art movement that sprang from the turbulent 1960s to the present day.
- Shirley J Velasquez, Elle.com, June 8, 2011
!W.A.R. is a major contribution toward an expansive, pluralistic feminist history of women in the late 20th century art world, and the necessary brutal battles that continue to be waged within art history and society at large.
- Jarrett Earnest, The Brooklyn Rail, June 2011
Hershman Leeson...includes some revelatory footage...But the most moving scenes belong to the artists.
- Ann Landi, ARTNews, June 2011
...an invaluable work of retrospective agitprop that has lessons for the present.
- Graham Fuller, ARTINFO, June 2, 2011
With many national elected officials looking to rescind hard won reproductive rights, and global violence against women epidemic, a reexamination of the rocky road traveled in pursuit of gender equity could not be timelier.
- Marcia G Yerman, AlterNet, June 1, 2011
!WAR's trajectory remains remarkably straightforward, moving, and indelible.
- Andi Zeisler, Bitch Magazine, Summer 2011
Driven by a vibrant feminist ethos, the film introduces viewers to a community of radical heroines. As a member of the community herself, Leeson elicits interviews that are candid, passionate, and inspiring...Though her film celebrates feminist pioneers, Leeson avoids dry history.
- Jessica Roake, Bust Magazine, June/July 2011
In 83 minutes of rare and never-seen footage that Hershman Leeson filmed herself, it clarifies the history of those brave women who were told to give up their dreams, and instead started a revolution.
- Erica Sackin, New York Press, May 31, 2011
!W.A.R. is more than a history of a revolutionary social, cultural, and artistic movement. It's also a curatorial coup with an innovative format that provides a permanent home for women's art -- past, present, and future.
- Penelope Andrew, The Huffington Post, May 31, 2011
Ms. Hershman Leeson’s documentary sets out to correct the historical record and goes further, making the case that feminist art — varied, messy, conflicted and engaged with the times — is at the very center of that history.
- Rachel Saltz, The New York Times, May 31, 2011.
Fusing history with memoir, Lynn Hershman Leeson enlists multiple visual strategies to produce an elegantly layered visual and sonic web of politics and powerful emotion.
- Elisabeth Subrin, Film Comment, May/June, 2011.
!Women Art Revolution is a record, not a paean, to the strides of women in art during the director's lifetime. It is fiercely self-aware, highlighting its own limits and constantly reminding the viewer that the narrative is a personal one.
- Guelda Voien,Ms. Magazine, May 30, 2011.
Whether performing in the streets or showing in their art how inequality works and feels, Leeson's women are our own; their voices are essential.
- Hilton Als, The New Yorker, May 30, 2011.
And so why shouldn't !Women Art Revolution be making the rounds at Berlin, Sundance, Toronto and now the San Francisco International Film Festival? The world already has waited too long for what this is: a feminist-activist crowd-pleaser.
- Jonathan Kiefer, KQEDArts, April 21, 2011.
An at times breathlessly paced collage, !W.A.R. aims to fill in historical gaps while stirring viewers to look beyond what appears on screen.
- Kristin M. Jones, Frieze Magazine, March 11, 2011.
!W.A.R. smartly mixes the dynamics of the emerging feminist movement of the late '60s with the prevailing male chauvinism of the arts world at the time...(it is a) comprehensive and vibrant historical fabric.
- Duane Byrge, The Hollywood Reporter, February 14, 2011.
40-plus years in the making, the director traces one of the most overlooked, essential movements in contemporary art, critiquing, in a classic intersectional, feminist way, the power structures that traditionally determine what goes in the history book and galleries and who gets access to it.
- Matt Mazur, PopMatters, September 17, 2010.
I now know of some truly gifted and amazing female artists out in the world and that’s due to Lynn Hershman Leeson and “!Women Art Revolution".
- Don R. Lewis, Film Threat, September 16, 2010.
Condensing a remarkable 40 years of footage, American artist/filmmaker Lynn Hershman Leeson’s new flick... tries to show how the feminist art movement has fused creativity and politics to striking effect from the late 1960s on.
- Leah Sandals, Unedit My Heart, September 11, 2010.
Footage from mavericks like Hannah Wilke, Dr. Lucy Lippard, and the Gorilla Girls—anonymous, costumed vigilantes of the art world who fight against the established elite—combine with shocking statistics and a lot of images of genitalia to make a powerful narrative that holds society accountable for its past prejudices, celebrates how far women have come, and is hopeful about where they have to go.
- Tom Henheffer, Macleans,ca, September 11, 2010.
Forty years in the making, the documentary marvelously chronicles the fight by female artists to get their share of gallery space and respect on the American art scene....It's an amusing, discouraging, frustrating, heart-breaking, and inspiring struggle. One thing I can guarantee: you'll be introduced to some wonderfully provocative, creative, and talented female artists throughout this picture.
- Steve Paikin, The Agenda with Steve Paikin, September 3, 2010.
an invaluable resource about the history of art, feminism, and political movements of the 20th century.
- Diana Estigarribia, The Activist Writer, August 18, 2010.
telling the stories of some of how the most influential and important women artists have shaped our history is inspired filmmaking.
- Ryan Harrington, Director of Documentary Programs, Tribeca Film Institute.
an astonishing piece of feminist historiography in the visual arts, and an invaluable resource for feminist research and teaching.
- Alison Rowley, Art Historian and Reader in Art and Design, Liverpool School of Art and Design, Liverpool John Moores University.