Grace Paley: Collected Shorts

Grace Paley: Collected Shorts
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Grace Paley: Collected Shorts
USA, 2010, 74 Minute Running Time
Topics: Biopic, Documentary, Family Friendly, Jewish Interest, Political, Woman Director, Women
Programs: Best of the Fest, True Stories
Language: English

Lilly Rivlin’s intimate documentary is a rich, inspiring portrait of writer, activist and New York icon Grace Paley (1922-2007). Grace was the child of Russian Jewish refugees, socialists who instilled in her a passion for social justice. She taught creative writing for twenty-two years at Sarah Lawrence College where she was a major influence on her students. Grace’s acclaimed first short story collection, The Little Disturbances of Man, established her reputation with its brilliantly sad and funny chronicles of Jewish American urban females much like her. Her New York tales, filled with an emotional and sexual frankness especially bold for the 1950s, soon became classics of the short fiction form.

Not content to rest on her laurels, the highly principled Paley combined her evolving literary career with passionate political activism. She spent considerable time on the front lines of the anti-war and women’s movements, where she endured being arrested time and again. Rivlin’s film confidently juggles all aspects of Paley’s extraordinary story, told in candid recollections and passionate readings by Paley herself, along with fond remembrances by literary critics, family and writer-friends Allan Gurganas and Alice Walker. Winner, Audience Award, Woodstock Film Festival and Denver Film Festival.

DIRECTOR: Lilly Rivlin
Producer: Lilly Rivlin, Co-Producer Margaret Murphy
Editor: Pola Rapaport
Screenwriter: Lilly Rivlin
Cinematographer: Danae Elon, Wolfgang Held, Matthew Marshall, Emiko Omori, Martina Radwan, Lilly Rivlin, Liz Rubin
Principal Cast: Principal Interviewees: Grace Paley, Esther M. Broner, Claudia Dreifus, Daniela Gioseffi, Vivian Gornick, Donna Gould
Filmography: Can You Hear Me? Israeli and Palestinian Women Fight for Peace (2006), Gimme a Kiss (2000)
Print Source: The National Center for Jewish Film - www.jewishfilm.org


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