The Film

In 1977, a book of photographs captured an awakening — women shedding the cultural restrictions of their childhoods and embracing their full humanity. Feminists — What Were They Thinking? revisits those photos, those women and those times — and takes aim at our current culture revealing all too vividly the urgent need for continued change.

The Women

Gloria Steinem

Journalist/Activist

Lily Tomlin

Actor/Comedian

Michelle Phillips

Musician

Cynthia MacAdams

Photographer

Cheryl Swannack

Film Producer

Jane Fonda

Actor

Kate Millett

Writer/Activist

Meredith Monk

Composer

Laurie Anderson

Artist

Among Others...

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Our Amazing Team

Johanna Demetrakas

Johanna Demetrakas

Director/Producer

Cheryl Swannack

Cheryl Swannack

Executive Producer

Lisa Remington

Lisa Remington

Producer

Kate Amend

Kate Amend, ACE

Editor

Kristy Tully

Kristy Tully

Director of Photography

Pablo Bryant

Pablo Bryant

Cinematographer

Lili Haydn

Lili Haydn

Music

Gretchen Landau

Gretchen Landau

Producer

Jeryl Jagoda

Jeryl Jagoda

Producer/Social Media

Bret Cornish

Bret Cornish

Associate Editor

The women in this film took power over their own transformation and helped inspire a global shift in women’s identity.

“Feminism seems to be the scariest word in the English language. But not for those of us who experienced the game-changing awakening that was the Women’s Movement of the 1970s. Growing up in the fifties and sixties meant not only second class citizenship legally, but 2nd class human being-ship: not invited to the party of medicine, art, law, education, science, religion, except maybe as the secretary. Our film, FEMINISTS: What were they thinking? digs deep into our personal experiences of sexism and of liberation, and follows this ever-challenging dialogue right into the 21st century. We are taking it personally." — Johanna Demetrakas, Director

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