Standing Tall

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2003

DVD

24 minutes

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$29.00

 

 

 

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Having witnessed an airliner crashing into the second World Trade Center tower, on September 11, 2001, fourth- and fifth-grade students at Manhattan's P.S. 3 work through their feelings about the experience with the help of a drama therapist and a group of youth theater professionals. Through a series of theater workshops, the group develops an original play based on the children's own role plays.

 

Standing Tall documents the transformation of the young students' stories into a theatrical performance. It offers a compelling portrait of the sometimes amazing coping strengths that children can display when they are able to work through such experiences with the help of skilled, supportive adults.

 

REVIEWS

"Extremely highly recommended for public and academic collections; would be especially useful in any educational setting with programs in children's therapy or creative arts therapy. This is a very good film for both children and adults."

-- Educational Media Reviews

 

"Documents a workshop with the aim of helping children to express their anxieties through an interactive and creative educational outlet. Recommended for educators looking for examples of alternate pedagogic approaches."

-- Video Librarian

 

"A well produced film that clearly identifies the value of group work using drama for children and adults dealing with serious concerns or tragedies. A good addition to a university film collection because it integrates multiple areas of creativity."

-- American Art Therapy Association Journal

 

FESTIVAL & CONFERENCE SCREENINGS

American Psychological Association

9th International Conference on Family Violence

Columbus International Film and Video Festival

 

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The Moon and The Son: An Imagined Conversation

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Academy Award Winner

Best Animated Short

 

2005

DVD

28 minutes, plus exclusive DVD content

$29.95

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A powerful animated film that explores the difficult emotional terrain of father/son relationships as seen through animator John Canemaker's own turbulent relationship with his father. Featuring the voices of Eli Wallach and John Turturro in the roles of father and son, The Moon and the Son combines memory, fact, conjecture, trial transcripts, audio recordings, home movies, photos, and original animation to tell the story of an Italian immigrant's troubled life and the devastating consequences of his actions on his family. Produced by John Canemaker and Peggy Stern.

 

REVIEWS

“One of the most stunning, original and emotionally moving animated films ever created. It belongs in every audio-visual library and animation-lover’s collection.”

-- Donald Crafton, University of Notre Dame

 

AWARDS & FESTIVAL SCREENINGS

Academy Award, Best Animated Short

Emmy Award, Outstanding Graphic and Artistic Design

Telluride Film Festival

Annecy International Animation Festival

 

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Stephanie

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1986

DVD

58 minutes, Color

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Following the filmmaker's teenage neighbor through six pivotal years of her life, Stephanie documents her dreams and disappointments through adolescence. Bright and inquisitive, Stephanie becomes disaffected with high school and the narrow options available to her and ultimately fails to graduate. This award-winning film profiles a typical teenager while pointing to broader issues of socialization, sex-role stereotyping and self esteem for young women.

 

REVIEWS

"A lively profile of a lively woman growing up in the absurd '80s"

-- The Boston Globe

 

"A bittersweet portrait of a good, talented person slipping through the cracks."

--San Francisco Examiner

 

"Funny, fascinating and never just sentimental - 28 Up with a Boston honk."

-- Village Voice

 

AWARDS & FESTIVAL SCREENINGS

American Film Festival, Finalist

Margaret Mead Film Festival

London Film Festival

 

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Chuck Jones: Memories of Childhood

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2009

DVD

26 minutes, color

Available as bonus material on

Tom & Jerry: The Chuck Jones Collection

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In one of his last filmed interviews before his death in 2002, animator Chuck Jones speaks candidly about life in 1920s Los Angeles, and his family’s itinerant and sometimes hardscrabble existence. Peggy Stern and John Canemaker who each earned Oscar Awards for the animated short The Moon and the Son: An Imagined Conversation, collaborated on the project for Turner Classic Movies.

 

Stern produced and directed the special, and with Canemaker, conducted the interviews. In addition, Canemaker created original animation of Jones' childhood memories, which include revealing anecdotes about the events and personalities who influenced his early creative life and long career in cartoons. Chuck Jones: Memories of Childhood interweaves new animated segments with vintage family photographs and clips from classic cartoons, to reveal Chuck Jones in a new light.

 

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Artful Reading

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2010

DVD

14 Minutes

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Funded by Studio in A School, New York City, this documentary follows an innovative program to help parents combine art and picture books to reinforce early literacy skills. Filmed in Bedford Stuyvesant, three families reveal what they have learned from their involvement in a Studio in A School workshop.

 

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Jim Dine: Childhood Stories

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1992

DVD

28 Minutes, color

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In Jim Dine: Childhood Stories, the painter discusses, with disarming frankness and increasing intimacy, his childhood and how it influences his current life and work. Produced by Nancy Dine and Peggy Stern. Directed by Peggy Stern.

 

AWARDS & FESTIVAL SCREENINGS

Nyon Film Festival, honoable mention

Cine Golden Eagle

American Film & Video Festival, Finalist

 

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Bali: Beyond The Post Card

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1993

DVD

60 minutes, color

Distributed by

Filmmakers Library

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An intimate story about a Balinese family whose gamelan music and Legong dance tradition spans four generations. The documentary follows an important event in the history of the family - the passing down of the Legong dance legacy to the youngest, a nine-year-old member of the family. The filmmakers capture the intensity with which tradition evolves and is passed on in Bali, a dynamic culture steeped in ancient traditions and increasingly exposed to the modern world.

 

AWARDS & FESTIVAL SCREENINGS

National Geographic Earthwatch Film Award

Grand Prix du Video Danse

Margaret Mead Film Festival

Hawaii International Film Festival

Bombay International Film Festival

 

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Stubborn Hope

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1986

28 Minutes, color

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In 1966, Dennis Brutus was exiled from his country for his activity against the apartheid system. Segregated sport was the target of much of his work: in the 1950s he began soliciting international sports groups to bar South African teams from participation in the Olympic Games. In 1962, he was officially "banned," then arrested and imprisoned. After his prison term, he chose to leave his native land rather than be silenced by it.

 

Stubborn Hope is an intimate and compelling portrait of a South African exile in the United States. The film chronicles the period in Brutus' life after he gained political asylum. He travels across America to Los Angeles, where he lobbies to ensure that South Africa will be permanently banned from the Olympics. His odyssey across America becomes the window into his thoughts and deeds, particularly as he struggles to blend his personal voice with his political vision in the movement to liberate South Africa. Produced and directed by Peggy Stern.

 

AWARDS & FESTIVAL SCREENINGS

The Margaret Mead Film Festival

London Film Festival

Filmex

Global Village

Museum of Modern Art

Cinema Du Reel

 

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Debut

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1990

60 minutes

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A documentary exploring the realities of life as a classical musician through the story of Hexagon, a newly formed chamber ensemble. Produced and directed by Peggy Stern. Funded by John R. Jakobson Foundation, Peter Palumbo Trust, among others. Broadcast nationally on PBS in October 1990.

 

AWARDS & FESTIVAL SCREENINGS

Chicago Film Festival, Golden Hugo

 

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Silver Valley

 

1988

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A feature-length documentary on the closing of a silver mine and its effects on a family in Idaho, produced and directed by Peggy Stern. Funded by the National Community Trust, and the Pinewood Foundation. Broadcast in 1988 on PBS, and on the Learning Channel as part of the INDEPENDENTS series.

 

AWARDS & FESTIVAL SCREENINGS

Cinema du Reel, Grand Prize

Athens International Film Festival, Merit Award

 

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