Anything You Want To Be was one of the earliest and most popular films of the Women's Movement. Made in 1970, 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 restored with a grant from the Women's Film Preservation Fund and was recently 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.

Jean Kilbourne, creator "Killing Us Softly"

Reviews

...a biting satire of the pressures of family, peers and society that force women to compromise their individuality and intellectual goals to assume a constantly changing identity of femininity.

Booklist

Delightful and imaginative... greatly entertaining while highly thought-provoking.

Educational Film Library Association
Director's Commentary: 

Anything You Want To Be was one of the very first “Women’s Liberation” films in the country - and it was instrumental in spreading the word about the Women’s Movement across the US.

As a part of the growing women’s movement, this film helped give voice to a generation of women whose expectations, opportunities and career choices were extremely limited.   It raised issues that had rarely been dealt with on film.  At the time I made it, few films were available to women that expressed their concerns and that could be used for discussion in consciousness raising groups.  Anything You Want To Be demonstrated that film could be a powerful tool to raise social consciousness and promote change regarding critical women’s issues. 

In the late 1960’s, as the independent film movement was in its early stages, there were few women making films and even fewer who were dealing specifically with women’s political issues.  Anything You Want To Be helped to demonstrate that women had an important role to play in the (heretofore predominantly male) independent film movement.   I didn't know at the time that I had unwittingly become one of the first independent women filmmakers in New England.