Director Martha Coolidge made this film in an effort to find out more about her deceased father. Interviewing her grandmother led her on a journey into the life of an independent woman, Mabel Tilton, born prior to the turn of the 20th century, a college graduate and wife of a Republican Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor. An admirable woman, Mabel gives us a unique peek into the values and thinking of another era and a valuable first hand piece of our American Heritage. This film is copyrighted, (1974) and is the property of Martha Coolidge. please do not use any portion of this film unless you get the right to do so from the filmmaker. This film is not currently in distribution.
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This feature length docu-drama written and directed by Martha Coolidge presents the story of her rape in high school by a fellow classmate embedded with verité footage of her directing the rape scene examining the motives and truth of the actions. It also breaks the narrative with interviews including her actual roommate at the time that illuminate the complexities of the unfolding events following the rape. Called "Brechtian" by critics the breaking up of the story between narrative and documentary allows the audience to examine the motives, ramifications and the effects of the event without turning the rape into an "action scene". The film won many awards including Sundance Film Festival, American Film Festival, Mannheim and many more, and premiered at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. It had a limited Theatrical release in US and Europe, and played in Amsterdam for almost ten years. It was distributed by Films INc for years. The film is copyrighted and is not currently in distribution.