|WOMEN OF '69, UNBOXED|
|Crew: ||Executive Producers: Liz Roman Gallese - Producers: Peter Barton, Liz Roman Gallese, Jane Startz - Screenwriters: Peter Barton - Cinematographer: Peter Barton - Editor: Peter Barton - Composer: Maryleigh Roohan
Intimate, personalized portrait of women of the 1960s through the eyes of one colorful class that graduated in 1969 - same year as Hillary Clinton - and recently turned 65, starting to explore the New Old Age.At a time when these Boomers' parents were asking less of themselves, many of these distinguished citizens are asking more, feeling a Third Wind.Where will it take them? Some are determined to keep making waves.The trigger for these revelations/reminiscences is the class's yearbook. Each photo was a collaboration with a sexy Turkish artist, is full of the 60s spirit of risk, rebelliousness, creativity. Indeed, this yearbook wasn't a book at all. The portraits came to each alumna loose leaf, in a box. Hence our metaphoric title: Unboxed!
Peter Barton is a veteran documentary filmmaker with three Emmy nominations and three CINE Golden Eagle awards to his credit. He received the Edward R. Murrow Award for Names Can Really Hurt Us, a CBS-TV special used in the classroom to combat prejudice. His improvisational feature, The Suicide Auditions, was named best fiction film at the Georgetown Film Festival.
Barton was politically active in the late 1960s, making radical films with Newsreel. He collaborated on Janie's Janie, a landmark movie of the women's liberation movement that was shown at the first Women's Film Festival in 1971. This film was recently honored with a screening at Lincoln Center; along with another Barton film, Eddie, it is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art. His work has also appeared on HBO and Showtime. In 1978, he formed the nonprofit, Groundswell, Inc., "to amplify the voices of the disadvantaged using cutting-edge media."
Barton has taught film production and screenwriting at New York University, Bennington College, Columbia University, and Brooklyn College. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College, holds an M.F.A. in playwriting and directing from Yale School of Drama, and served in the Peace Corps in Chile.
I see "Unboxed" as an important addition to my legacy. I hope it's a movie that my three children will want to see and have their children see. I want others of my generation of Boomers to also see it and consider their role in breaking trail for progressive causes and for constructive contemplation of the New Old Age, the dividend of productive life that our demographic is likely to enjoy.