Jill Godmilow

Jill Godmilow has been producing and directing non-fiction and narrative films since 1966, including Antonia: A Portrait Of The Woman (1974); the 1984 post-realist documentary feature, Far from Poland, about the rise of the Polish Solidarity movement; Waiting for the Moon (1987), a feminist/modernist fictional feature about the lives of the literary couple Alice B. Toklas and Gertrude Stein; Roy Cohn/Jack Smith (1995), a cinematic translation of a theater piece by performance artist Ron Vawter; What Farocki Taught, a replica and interrogation of a 1969 non-fiction film by German filmmaker Harun Farocki about the production of Napalm B during the Vietnam war, and most recently, a 6 hour, DVD archive, Lear ’87 Archive (Condensed) about the work of the renown New York City theatrical collective, Mabou Mines, on a fully gender-reversed production of Shakespeare’s “King Lear”. Among others, she has received fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller foundations and her work has been nominated for an Academy Award, invited to the Whitney Biennial and won first prize at the Sundance Film Festival. In 2003, her film Antonia: A Portrait of The Woman was added to the prestigious National Film Registry at the Library of Congress. 

In 2013 she retired from 20 years of teaching film production and critical studies in the Department of Film, Television & Theatre at the University of Notre Dame and is currently teaching at in the Integrated Media Studies MFA program at Hunter College, and co-producing – with partners Ernie Larson and Sherry Millner – a 4 disc DVD collection of about 50 non-fiction, experimental/political films of under 30 minutes … unaccountably under-appreciated works of film, video, animation – from France to Chiapas, Mexico, from to Serbia to China – that propose various forms of successful resistance strategies to power. The collection, Disruptive Film: Everyday Resistance to Power, will be distributed by Facets Multimedia who will maintain a permanent Disruptive Film website–basically a book, with commentary on the films, links to the filmmakers' own sites, reviews, and more.

[bio courtesy of the filmmaker] 


Recent Reviews

Roy Cohn/Jack Smith

A virtuosic treasure house of performance, scripting, staging, directing, and photography that is not a film at all but, rather, a priceless record of theatrical work that at first overwhelms...

Roy Cohn/Jack Smith

Great. So great. A tribute to all the geniuses whose work is on display here-- Godmilow, Vawter, Jack Smith.