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Woo Who? May Wilson

by Amalie R Rothschild

A grandmother begins a new life as an underground artist

A portrait of artist May Wilson, former "wife-mother-housekeeper-cook" and a grandmother who, at age 60 after the break-up of her 40-year marriage, moves to New York City and discovers an independent life of her own for the first time. With humor and insight the film shows her acquiring new friends and a new self-image, and we watch her gain success as "Grandma Moses of the Underground."

quoteMay Wilson is the heroine of a true story of liberation and a beacon not only to our growing up but to our growing old.
Molly Haskell
The Village Voice

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quoteMore than just a portrait of a courageous and appealing woman this film enters into May Wilson's special world with obvious respect and admiration for this very alive and extraordinary individual. Of special relevance to older women, the film can be used with all groups concerned with self-images and new forms of expression.
Irene Wood

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quoteA disarming head-on study of a disarming, candid woman...As we see her here, this earthy soul is a person definitely worth knowing.
Howard Thompson
The New York Times

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quoteA loving and poignant portrait of a warm, humorous old woman who has suffered emotionally, but still has the strength to reach out to others and to continue searching for self-knowledge...An outstanding film portrait.
Nadine Covert
Film Library Quarterly


  • CINE Eagle Award
  • Walnut Street Theatre
  • Women's International Film Festival, Florence, Italy
  • First International Festival of Women's Films
  • Flaherty Film Seminar
  • Corcoran Gallery of Art
  • Whitney Museum of American Art
  • Museum of Modern Art
  • NBC-TV Special, "The New Communicators"
  • New York Film Festival
  • Film Forum, New York
Woo Who? May Wilson

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