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New Day Films, “Growing Up Female,” and MOMA

New Day Films, "Growing Up Female," and MOMA

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A couple of years ago, the brain trust (such as it is) behind Reverse Shot got out from behind their desks and helped the superlative documentary A Lion in the House by Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert make its way into the world as our first theatrically distributed film. As Julia is my aunt, this effort was, for me, something of a family affair, but for the rest of the team it was a passion project—we all loved the film, were intensely moved by it, and still talk about it often today.

This Saturday, New York folks have the opportunity to check out Julia’s very first film (made with Jim Klein), Growing Up Female, during MOMA’s documentary showcase. The Museum is taking time out to fete New Day Films, the independent distribution collaborative founded by the natty kids in the photo above to get their politically charged works seen by audiences. Often called the first documentary of the modern women’s movement, Growing Up Female will screen on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. as part of a program showcasing the films of the New Day founders. All the filmmakers will be in attendance.

Since Growing Up is part of my family lineage, I’m embarrassed to admit that I haven’t seen it! But, luckily for me, and all of you, the film was recently restored, so first-timers will get to check it out under the best conditions possible. (Actually, I’m now hearing that the restoration won’t be ready until later this Spring. Sorry ’bout that.)

Hope you can make it.

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