BUST Magazine Film Festival to Spotlight Classic '72 Doc "Year of the Woman" and late filmmaker Sarah Jacobson's "Mary Jane's Not a Virgin Anymore"

by Brian Brooks

Gloria Steinem in a scene from Sandra Hochman's 1972 doc "Year of the Woman," which will have its first screening in 30 years in New York during the BUST Magazine Film Festival taking place in Manhattan's East Village November 4 - 7. Image courtesy of the event.

Promising to host an event that embodies the BUST Magazine mission "to tell the truth about women's lives," the BUST Magazine Film Festival, taking place in Manhattan's East Village November 4-7 will feature 11 films by "fiercely independent women filmmakers," kicking off with Sandra Hochman's 1972 documentary "Year of the Woman." The film, considered the first doc ever created about the women's movement, and filmed during the 1972 Democratic National Convention, caused a spectacle when it premiered in October 1973 at the Fifth Avenue Cinema, playing five sold-out nights.

"Year of the Woman" features footage of cultural icons of the time including Warren Beatty, Shirley Maclaine, Gloria Steinem, Art Buchwald, Dan Rather, Flo Kennedy and many others who are confronted by Hochman to share their views on women and the feminist movement. Historian Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. raved about the film at the time, calling it, "the greatest documentary ever made." BUST's screening of the doc will be its first in New York since 1973, having been locked in a vault for 30 years.

Late filmmaker Sarah Jacobson's coming-of-age feature, "Mary Jane's Not a Virgin Anymore" is also among the festival's highlights. Jacobson's mother, Ruth will introduce the film. Also on tap is a night of shorts about "girlhood," featuring emotional sports doc "Girl Wrestler" by Diane Zander. The film follows a Texas teen as she goes against convention arguing that girls and boys should be allowed to wrestle on the same mat. Strip clubs also weigh in on the slate of films. Jill Morley's doc "Stripped" centers on a group of '50s-style burlesque performers including Vicki, who has an MFA in dance from NYU. Rachel Max's short, "I Was a Strip Club Virgin," meanwhile is an animated comedy about a girl's first trip to a strip club.

Screenings will take place at the Two Boots Pioneer Theater on East 3rd St. and Avenue A.

[ For more information, please visit: http://www.bust.com/filmfestival/. ]