New Day Films is a filmmaker-run distribution company,
providing social issue documentaries to educators since 1971.
In thinking about history-making women this month, I think about New Day Films co-founder,Julia Reichert. It was an emotional moment to see Julia's photo as part of the Oscar ceremony "In Memoriam" montage of creatives we lost in 2022. I have never spoken to Julia, yet she has made an impact on my life, as she has on the lives of so many filmmakers. While all of her films are known to be exceptional, her early films Growing up Female, Union Maids and Seeing Red are my favorites.
I am very grateful that New Day was founded to lift up women’s voices when they were largely ignored. I’m also inspired by Julia’s fellow co-founders’ films Anything You Want to Be by Liane Brandon, which challenges gender norms for young women, and Woo Who? May Wilsonby Amalie R. Rothschild, which shows a grandmother beginning a new life as an underground artist.
In the spirit of our founders, I encourage you to watch these bold and diverse stories about women made by women. You can also read more about my reflections on Julia Reichert on our website.