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SURVIVA, released in 1980 was just restored by the Women's Film Preservation Fund, and is newly available for screenings and purchase in collections.
Documentary and fantasy, first production from Women Make Movies (pre-incorporation) released in 1971, co-directed by Dougherty & Paige.
A surrealistic, often comical hybrid of documentary and narrative. "A vibrancy in the characters spills out in each celluloid frame" states Che Grayson
(6m, 1971, B&W) A funky, newsreelesque dramatic retelling, and parody,of media sensationalism of two trials of a cocktail waitress, who was ultimately convicted of the murder & disappearance of her two children.
(26m, EIAJ, 1974) by Women from Bedford Hills Correctional Facility. From a series of vignettes of songs to baseball, women prisoners express what life is like on the inside. Edited by Ariel Dougherty who taught the 12 week program. Funded by America the Beautiful Program. Edited at Open Channel. NY, NY.
A bi-monthly feminist news exchange among some 25 media groups in fourteen communities. "Revolutionary"--Joan Braderman. In dynamic 1970s feminist project in need of CRITICAL feminist scholarship and investigation.
Sand animation by Carol Clement set to Elsa Gidlow poem. Film from a longer work, MUSEREEL
(26m, 1989, color) Shot originally in Super 8 film, later edited in video, this eclectic film is about a sit-in and other protests at Sarah Lawrence College in Spring of 1969. Shown on the campus when completed it ignited another sit-in.
made with Carol Clement. A narrative, structured in a wishful-filmmaking, or fanumentary, genre. Rural women artists unite to make more women’s art publicly available in their community in this refreshing weave of footage that richly combines animation, nature shots and live action into a story of actualization.
1988 - 1993 Ariel anchored from the cablecasting booth an hour public access show that explored cultural, political, ecological and other issues, often with guest. Here is Joanne Grant, filmmaker of FUNDI.
As a one-woman crew Ariel attended the UN Conference for Women on the Environment and World Women's Congress for a Healthy Planet in Miami, FL in November 1991. She shot ten hours of footage. Much of it was aired on her public access show CULTURAL ECOLOGY/DEMOCRACY. This was the one edit she did on the material. Vandana Shiva, Wangari Maathai and Peggy Antrobus are the known stars. But the real stars are all the women who attended to make better policy -- none of which would be adopted in Rio.