AMALIE R. ROTHSCHILD
filmmaker and photographer

 

Filmography

PAINTING THE TOWN: The Illusionistic Murals of Richard Haas (1990)
16mm, color, 56 minutes. Producer/Director.

Artist Richard Haas is transforming cities across the United States. His mammoth architectural illusionist murals adorn buildings in more than 30 cities, reviving the art of painted architecture and making it relevant to the modern urban environment. The film introduces the artist behind the works and gets us involved with his witty and humane attack on certain aspects of urban blight.

CONVERSATIONS WITH WILLARD VAN DYKE (1981) 16mm, color, 59 minutes.
Producer/Director/Co-Writer.

In 1936 photographer Willard Van Dyke became a filmmaker because he believed films could “change the world”. This candid portrait traces the outspoken Van Dyke’s career from film, to his Directorship of the Department of Film at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, to his return in his 70’s to his first love, photography. It explores the dilemma of anyone with a social conscience who must face the harsh realities of earning a living while retaining their integrity.

NANA, MOM AND ME (1974) 16mm, color, 47 minutes.
Producer/Director/Writer/Co-Editor/Co-Cinematographer.

Filmmaker Amalie R. Rothschild. Rothschild examines the relationships between herself, her artist mother, and her grandmother. A portrait of three generations of women and the differing motivations, philosophies and rivalries that shape their interaction.

RADIOIMMUNOASSAY OF RENIN (1973) 16mm, color, 16 minutes.
RADIOIMMUNOASSAY OF ALDOSTERONE (1973) 16mm, color, 16 minutes.


Director/Editor/Cinematographer.
Two medical technician training films produced by the Council for Interdisciplinary Communication in Medicine, Ltd. Filmed under the scientific supervision of Dr. John Laragh and Dr. Jean Sealy at the Hypertension Center of Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center.

IT’S ALL RIGHT TO BE WOMAN (1972) 16mm, color, 50 minutes.
Editor/Cinematographer.

Special documentary about the women’s collective theater ensemble of the same name, produced by Betsy Marston for the program The Fifty-First State for WNET-TV Channel 13 in New York.

 

IT HAPPENS TO US (1971) 16mm, color, 30 minutes.
Producer/Director/Writer/Co-Editor/Co-Cinematographer.

A plea for legalized abortion. Women of different ages, marital status, and race speak candidly about their experiences. Their stories reveal the problems of illegal versus legal medically safe abortion and speak to the need for understanding the personal situations underlying this emotional issue.

THE CENTER (1970) 16mm, B&W, 45 minutes.
Director/Editor/Co-Cinematographer.

Produced for the defense fund of Robert Collier, one of the N.Y. Panther 21 who was finally acquitted in 1971. Used extensively in East Coast area schools and colleges to bring public attention to Collier’s plight as a prisoner until the trial was over.

WOO WHO? MAY WILSON (1969) 16mm, color, 33 minutes.
Producer/Director/Writer/Editor/Animation and Graphics.

A portrait of artist May Wilson, former “wife-mother-housekeeper-cook” and a grandmother who, at age 60 after the break-up of her 40-year marriage, moves to New York City and discovers an independent life of her own for the first time.

WORK IN PROGRESS:

A MEDITATION ON THE OLIVE (1995–) Hi8 and digital video, color.
Producer/Director/Videographer

The olive holds a unique place in human history, and for millennia its oil was a measure of wealth. This short piece, shot in Italy, is a lyrical, poetic essay on the centuries old tradition of harvesting the trees by hand and the making of cold pressed extra virgin olive oil.

LIVE AT THE FILLMORE EAST—THE CRADLE OF ROCK (2000–)
16mm, HD, betacam & digital video, 90 minutes
Co-Director with Leon Gast/Co-producer/Co-writer

Bill Graham’s premiere showcase in New York City from 1968-1971, the Fillmore East theater was the East coast Mecca for the music that shaped a generation. Not only that: thanks to a visionary technical staff and unsurpassed psychedelic light shows, the Fillmore East stage was the place where rock music became rock theater. It’s innovations are the basis of all multi-media music presentation we know today, including MTV. Based on Rothschild’s book, this feature length documentary will reveal little known facts about the birth of a phenomenon and the personalities responsible both on-stage and backstage—from Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin to Bill Graham himself. It will be the first exploration on film of the modern rock music business; its roots and how its birth as part of an idealistic youth social movement quickly transformed it into a cutthroat industry.

 

Filmography- SELECTED SCREENINGS & AWARDS

ONE WOMAN SHOWS:

1972: Film Forum, New York.
1975: CINEPROBE, Museum of Modern Art, New York.
1981: 3 Day Retrospective, Sheldon Film Theater and Art Gallery, University of Nebraska, Lincoln.
1989: University of Montana, Bozeman.
2007: Retrospective, Biografilm Festival, Bologna, Italy

WOO WHO? MAY WILSON (1969)

1970: C.I.N.E. Eagle Award; Special Events Screening New York Film Festival; Flaherty Film Seminar.
1971: Excerpt broadcast on NBC-TV Special "The New Communicators".
1972: Toronto Film Festival; Film Forum, N.Y.; First International Festival of Women's Films;
Yale University.
1973: "Dateline 13" TV Series, WNET Channel 13, NY; American Cultural Center,
Paris; British Film Institute/National Film Theatre; Annenberg Cinemateque
Walnut Street Theater, Philadelphia.
1975: Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; College Art Association Annual Conference;
American Association of University Women Annual Conference.
1976: First International Women's Film Festival, Tehran, Iran.
1978: Manhattan Cable Televsion; Roxy Theater, San Francisco.
1979: International Festival of Women's Cinema, Florence, Italy.
1983: New Delhi Film Festival, India; Rhode Island School of Design European Honors Program, Rome, Italy.
Museums:
Museum of Modern Art, NY; Whitney Museum of Art; Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, DC; Baltimore Museum of Art; St. Louis Museum; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; High Museum of Art, Atlanta; Sheldon Art Gallery, University of Nebraska.

The film is in the collection of over 50 university and public libraries, the United States Information Service, and from 1973 to1986 was distributed in Australia by the Sydney Filmmakers Coop. U.S. distribution is with New Day Films.

IT HAPPENS TO US (1971)

Merit Award Winner, 1975 Johns Hopkins University Medical School Human Sexuality Film Festival.

1972: American Film Festival; Tampere Film Festival, Finland; Pesaro; International Film Festival, Italy; First International Festival of Women's Films; Arden House Public Televsion Seminar; Flaherty Film Seminar; Toronto Film Festival; Film Forum, New York; Yale University.
1973: "Dateline 13" TV Series, WNET Channel 13, NY; British Film Institute/National Film Theatre; American Psychiatric Association Annual Convention.
1974: American Sociological Association Annual Convention; Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY.
1975: Excerpted on ABC-TV Wide World Special hosted by David Frost; League of Women Voters Annual Conference.
1978: Cox Network Cable Televsion.

Museums: Museum of Modern Art,NY; Whitney Museum of American Art; Sheldon Art Gallery, Univ. of Nebraska.

The film is in the collection of over 155 hospital, university and public libraries.
From 1974 to 1980 it was distributed by Planned Parenthood of America.
It is in general U.S. distribution through New Day Films.

 

NANA, MOM AND ME (1974)

Francis Scott Key Award, 1975 Baltimore International Film Festival, Baltimore, Maryland.

Home Movie Award for pioneering contribution to autobiographical cinema.
2007 Biografilm Festival, Bologna, Italy

1974: Flaherty Film Seminar; Arden House Public Television Seminar; Women's Interart Center Guest Series.

1975: Nyon International Film Festival, Switzerland; Rotterdam International Film Festival, Holland; Anthropological Cinema Series, American Museum of Natural History.

1976: Edinburgh Film Festival; American Film Institute Theater, Kennedy Center, Washington, DC; Pacific Film Archive; Conference on Visual Anthopology; First International Women's Film Festival, Tehran, Iran; Orson Welles Cinema, Cambridge, MA; American Psychological Association Annual Convention; Ortho-Psychiatric Association Annual Convention; Second International Festival of Women's Films, NY, NY.

1977: WNET-TV Channel 13 Independent Focus Series; Margaret Mead Film Festival; Annenberg Cinemateque; Kin and Communities Symposium, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; Pittsburgh Filmmakers Preview Circuit.

1978: Autobiography Conference, Art Gallery of Ontario; Manhattan Cable Television; Second Margaret Mead Film Festival; Women's National Democratic Club Spring Meeting.

1982: Sydney Filmmakers Cooperative, Australia; U.S. Embassy Program, Wellington, New Zealand; North Texas State University; Corpus Christi University.

1983: New Delhi Film Festival, India; Rhode Island School of Design European Honors Program, Rome, Italy.

1984: American Cultural Center, Jakarta, Indonesia; American Embassy Program, Beijing, China.

1985: International Festival of Women's Cinema, Florence, Italy;

1987: Joint Film and Cultural Club Program, Pescara, Italy.

2007: Biografilm Festival, Bologna, Italy

Museums:
Museum of Modern Art, NY; Whitney Museum of American Art; San Francisco Museum of Art; Hirshhorn Museum; Baltimore Museum of Art; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; High Museum, Atlanta; Art Institute of Chicago; Sheldon Art Gallery, University of Nebraska.

The film is in the collection of over 60 university and public libraries, the United States Information Service, and the International Council of the Museum of Modern Art, NY. In the U.S. it is distributed by New Day Films.


CONVERSATIONS WITH WILLARD VAN DYKE (1981)

Bronze Award and Best in Fine Arts Category, 1981 San Francisco International Film Festival.
C.I.N.E. Golden Eagle Award, 1981.
Special Merit Award, 1981 Athens International Film Festival, Ohio University.
Cash Award, 1982 Sinking Creek Film Celebration.

1981: American Film Festival; Center Screen, Harvard University; Flaherty Film Seminar; Grierson Film Seminar; University Film and Video Association Annual Conference; New York University Department of Cinema Studies New Directions in Documentary Series; Anthology Film Archives; FILMEX, Los Angeles International Film Exposition; Sheldon Film Theater and Art Gallery, University of Nebraska, Lincoln.

1982: Melbourne and Sydney Film Festivals, Australia; Wellington Film Festival, New Zealand; U.S. Embassy Program, Wellington, N.Z.; Edinburgh Film Festival; London Film Festival; Festival dei Popoli, Florence, Italy; NuArt Theater, Los Angeles; Cinemateque Quebecoise, Montreal; Rice University, Houston, Texas; Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, California; Berlin Film Market.

1983: Australian Broadcasting Corporation; New Zealand Television; Sundance U.S. Film Festival, Park City, Utah; India Government Film Service, Bombay; University of Turkey, Istanbul; University of Izmir, Turkey; University of Turkey, Ankara.

1984: British Broadcasting Corporation; Shanghai Film Studio, China; Beijing Documentary Film Studio; Foreign Languages Institute #1, Beijing; American Cultural Center, Jakarta, Indonesia; American Cultural Center, Hong Kong; Hong Kong University.

1985: America of the New Deal Film Series, Modena, Italy; International Festival of Women's Cinema, Florence.

1987: American Embassy, Beijing, China; Rhode Island School of Design European Honors Program, Rome.

1989: University of Montana, Bozeman.

1990: Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore.

1998: Licensed by RAISAT, Italy

2007: Biografilm Festival, Bologna, Italy

Museums:
Museum of Modern Art, NY Special "What's Happening" Premiere program invitational tribute to Willard Van Dyke, March 1981; Whitney Museum; Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, Texas; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota; St. Louis Museum; Walters Art Gallery; Baltimore Museum of Art; San Antonio Museum; Detroit Museum of Fine Arts; Boston Museum of Fine Arts; Hecksher Museum; San Francisco Museum of Art; Northwest Film Study Center, Portland, Oregon.

The film is in the collection of over 50 university and public libraries, and the United States Information Service. It is distributed in the U.K. by the British Film Institute and in the southern hemisphere by the Australian Film Institute. In the United States it is distributed by the Museum of Modern Art Film Circulation Library and New Day Films.


PAINTING THE TOWN: THE ILLUSIONISTIC MURALS OF RICHARD HAAS (1990)

"EMILY" Best in Festival Award and Blue Ribbon in Fine Arts Category,
1990 American Film and Video Festival.
Golden Gate Award, 1990 San Francisco International Film Festival.
C.I.N.E. Golden Eagle Award 1990.
Special Jury Mention (2nd Prize), Media Save Art 1991, Rome, Italy.

1990: Sundance U.S. Film Festival, Park City, Utah; New Directors/New Films, Museum of Modern Art/Film Society of Lincoln Center, NY; National Gallery of Art East Wing Auditorium, Washington, DC; Smithsonian Institution Resident Associates Program; American Academy in Rome; Festival dei Popoli, Florence, Italy; Festival of Films on Art, Montreal Canada; American Film Institute/Los Angeles International Film Festival; Baltimore International Film Festival; International Festival of Women's Cinema, Florence, Italy; Festival of Films on Architecture and Urban Planning (FIFARC), Bordeaux, France; Portland International Film Festival, Oregon; First Internaional Festival of CINE and TV, Santander, Spain; Temple University Abroad, Rome, Italy; Maryland Institute College of Art; Rhode Island School of Design European Honors Program, Rome.
SBS Television, Australia; TV New Zealand.
Shown on all long-haul flights to Hong Kong by Cathay Pacific
Airlines, July 1990.

1991: Second Leningrad (St. Petersburg) International Festival of Non-Feature Films, Russia; International Festival of Films on Architecture and Town-Planning, Lausanne, Switzerland; Festival Internazionale del Film sull'Arte, Asolo, Italy; Israel Educational Television.

Licensed for screening in Club Class by British Airways.

American Public Televsion Broadcast (PBS).

1992: Licensed again by Cathay Pacific Airlines.

1993: Licensed again for screening in Club Class by British Airways.

1998: Licensed by RAISAT, Italy

2007: Biografilm Festival, Bologna, Italy

The film is distributed by Direct Cinema Limited and is in many public and university libraries.


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