Anything You Want To Beby Liane Brandon
A teenager's humorous collision with sex-role stereotypes.
ANYTHING YOU WANT TO BE was one of the earliest and most popular films of the Women's Movement. Made in 1971, this groundbreaking film about a teenager’s humorous collision with sex-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.
In a series of comical vignettes, a bright high school girl finds that, despite her parents' assurance that she can be "anything she wants to be," she is repeatedly foiled by social expectations and media stereotypes. ANYTHING YOU WANT TO BE is one of New Day’s founding films.
The film was recently restored with a grant from NYWIFT's Women's Film Preservation Fund and was honored with screenings at the Museum of Modern Art, NY and at the Tribeca Film Festival.
A timeless classic: fascinating in the present and wonderful for historical perspective. A great discussion starter about what has changed for women...and what hasn't.
creator, "Killing Us Softly"
Delightful and imaginative: Greatly entertaining while highly thought-provoking.
An ongoing challenge to the contradictions between the American Dream and the sexist limits still imposed on young women. A powerful medium through which we can examine feminist progress over the past several decades.
Joyce A. Berkman, Professor of History
University of Massachusetts/Amherst
AWARDS & SCREENINGS:
Blue Ribbon, American Film Festival
Museum of Modern Art, New York
- Tribeca Film Festival
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
First International Festival of Women's Films, New York
International Festival of Women's Films, Paris
Whitney Museum of American Art, New Filmmakers Series
National Film Theatre, London
Art Institute of Chicago
Subject: Women's Studies/Men's Studies