Esther Broner, co-writer of the Women's Haggadah and creator of the Feminist Seder, was my friend. I was a "Seder Sister". When Esther died I decided to make a film about her and the evolution of the Feminist Seder over a period of 37 years. In 1975 Esther Broner and Naomi Nimrod wrote the first Women’s Haggadah, leading the way for modern Jewish feminism. For the next 36 years, Esther Broner led the Feminist Seder in NYC with a core group of women. This film documents the evolution of Jewish feminism through the Feminist Seder. We use archival footage and interviews with leading Jewish feminists who attended the Seder such as Letty Cottin Pogrebin, Gloria Steinem, and Canadian feminist/author Michel Landsberg. At the same time it tells the story of Esther Broner, described by the NY Times as a writer who explored the double marginalization of being Jewish and female. She was “intensely concerned with Jewish spirituality, and with carving out a place for women in a faith tradition that had long seemed not to want them.”
This is (to our knowledge) the first on camera or audio interview with Lisa Frank ever made public. Urban Outfitters, who was buying Lisa Frank's vintage stock, got her permission to short this short documentary, and we flew out to Tuscon, AZ to direct it. Lisa is an awesome, classy lady, but she values her privacy and preferred to be filmed in silhouette. We had a lot more interesting footage that couldn't make it into the final cut. The guy dancing in the bear costume is Scott, the guy in the leopard costume is Lisa Frank's young son.
Directed by Scott Ross & Karl Beyer (scottandkarl.tv), along with producer John Osborne
Interview conducted by Kate Williams
Music by Evan Younger, performed by members of Miracles of Modern Science
Produced by Urban Outfitters (urbanoutfitters.com)
If you enjoyed this video, please check out our new narrative short The Burning House (Trailer: vimeo.com/51503350). If you'd like to watch the full short, just send a message (we have to keep it unlisted until a November festival premiere).
Soo Sunny Park’s installation Unwoven Light animates Rice Gallery’s expansive space, transforming it into a shimmering world of light, shadow, and brilliant color. Suspended from the walls and ceiling, thirty-seven individually sculpted units are arranged as a graceful, twisting flow of abstract form. On view April 11 - August 30, 2013. Original score by Mark Walley. Visit RiceGallery.org. Learn more about the artist at SooSunnyPark.com. Learn more about the filmmakers at WalleyFilms.com.