Liane Brandon is an award winning independent filmmaker, photographer and University of Massachusetts/Amherst Professor Emeritus. She was one of the first independent women filmmakers to emerge from the Women's Movement.
During that time she was a member of Bread and Roses, one of the earliest women's liberation groups in Boston. She is a co-founder of New Day Films, the nationally known filmmaker distribution cooperative. Her classic films Anything You Want To Be (1971) and Betty Tells Her Story (1972) were among the earliest and most frequently used consciousness raising tools of the Women's Movement.
Brandon’s films have won numerous national and international awards, and have been featured on HBO, USA Cable, TLC and Cinemax and have been presented at the Museum of Modern Art, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Chicago Art Institute and the Tribeca Film Festival.
She was recently awarded grants from The Women's Film Preservation Fund to restore Anything You Want To Be and Betty Tells Her Story.
Currently working as a still photographer, Brandon has documented wildlife, jazz musicians, artists, writers, Cape Verdean longshoremen, powerlifters and film and television productions. Her photography credits include Edgar Allan Poe: Buried Alive (PBS American Masters), Murder at Harvard (PBS American Experience), Typhoid Mary: The Most Dangerous Woman In America (PBS Nova), Unsolved Mysteries, The Powder & the Glory (PBS) and Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women (PBS American Masters). Her photos have been published in The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe, New York Daily News and many other publications.
Before becoming a filmmaker, Liane experimented with several short careers, working as a ski instructor, file clerk, high school teacher and professional stunt woman.
Films by Liane Brandon
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.
Betty Tells Her Story was one of the earliest films of the modern Women's Movement - and it has become one of the most enduring. Made in 1972, it was one of the first to explore women's identity, image and clothing in our culture.
It is the delightful saga of Betty's search for "the perfect dress"- how she found just the right one, felt absolutely transformed, and never got to wear it. In this unconventional documentary, Betty tells her story - twice. Although the facts remain the same, the contrast between the two stories is haunting.
How To Prevent A Nuclear War is a refreshingly upbeat and compelling look at the kinds of activities that Americans engaged in to lessen the threat of nuclear war. It is a film about grassroots democracy in action - featuring unforgettable vignettes of people working for peace in their communities.
The film includes a cameo appearance by Tom Lehrer and a spirited cabaret rendition of his satirical ditty "We Will All Go Together When We Go".
Once Upon A Choice is a humorous, original fairy tale in which an unconventional princess faces the conventional dilemma of deciding which prince to marry. Instead, she decides to choose her own fate...
In this fairy tale, the princess decides for herself what it means to live "happily ever after" - and raises important questions about marriage, independence and responsibility.