Joann Elam

Rape (1975) 16mm, black and white, 34.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

"Short but very sharp, JoAnn Elam's film RAPE has three victims discussing their emotional, physical and intellectual responses, then and now, highlighted and commented upon by a series of visual interpolations, sometimes metaphorical .... In just 35 minutes the film manages to examine root causes, analyze attitudes, suggest alternatives, and firmly confront conflicts which make the usual finite conclusions so simplistic .... It's excellent, quite literally the best of its kind, and should be seen by everyone." -- Helen Mackintosh, Time Out "RAPE is a rare film for its refusal to co-opt a feminist subject with a reactionary patriarchal form ...." -- B. Ruby Rich Note: Rape victims and filmmaker are all young, white, and middle class, resulting in a bias in viewpoint and information.

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Joann Elam

Lie Back And Enjoy It (1982) 16mm, black and white, 7.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media, Political / Social Activism

"JoAnn Elam's LIE BACK AND ENJOY IT is an absorbing eight-minute dialectical film about the politics of representation. More specifically, it examines the politics of filmic representation of women under patriarchy .... An undergraduate male student paid it a true compliment in declaring that he can no longer look at a woman in a film without thinking about the consequences of the filmmaker's use of her as a person and as a spectacle .... The film is endowed with remarkable structural and rhetorical lucidity .... Its image track consists of technologically manipulated images of women, and some printed titles. Its soundtrack consists of a dialogue between a Man (a filmmaker) and a Woman (of whom he's going to make a film) .... Everyone who watches movies with women in them ought to see it." -- Claudia Gorbman, Jump Cut

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

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