New Day Films 50th Anniversary Series (Day 1)


Location: Rubenstein Arts Center Film Theater

New Day Films 50th Anniversary Series

Duke University's Archive of Documentary Arts and Screen/Society, along with the Power Plant Gallery, are proud to present four days of screenings and discussions celebrating more than 50 years of New Day Films.

Day 1: Founders' Films

New Day Films was founded in 1971 by four feminist filmmakers, Julia Reichert, Jim Klein, Liane Brandon, and Amalie Rothschild, who were frustrated by mainstream distribution channels.  The ground breaking co-op would grow to over 300 titles and 140 filmmakers today.

Growing Up Female
(Jim Klein & Julia Reichert, 1971, 50min, USA, English,

Growing Up Female is the very first film of the modern women's movement. Produced in 1971,  it was widely used by consciousness-raising groups to generate interest and help explain feminism to a skeptical society.

Anything You Want to Be
(Liane Brandon, 1971, 8min, USA, English,

Made in 1971, this groundbreaking film about a teenager's humorous collision with gender role stereotypes was one of the first to explore the external pressures and the more subtle, internal pressures a girl faces in finding her identity.

Betty Tells Her Story
(Liane Brandon, 1972, 20min, USA, English, Digital)

Made in 1972, this film was the first independent film of the women’s movement to explore the issues of body image, self-worth and beauty in our culture - and to explore the ways in which clothing and appearance affect a woman’s identity.

It Happens to Us
(Amalie R. Rothschild, 1972, 32min, USA, English, Digital)

First released in 1972, this film remains the classic plea for a woman's legal right to choose.

Related event - Wed Oct 19, 7:00pm:

Virtual discussion with New Day Films founders Julia Reichert, Jim Klein, Liane Brandon, and Amalie R. Rothschild.

Register here for this event.

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Screen/Society screenings are free and open to the public.

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New Day Films - Founders' Films - still from 'Anything You Want To Be'

Contact: Hank Okazaki


Sponsor: Duke University Archive of Documentary Arts

Co-Sponsors: Cinematic Arts, Power Plant Gallery, Asian American & Diaspora Studies Program, MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts, Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History & Culture