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Jill Godmilow

Jill Godmilow has earned a substantial reputation as a film producer/director during more than three decades. Her ANTONIA: A PORTRAIT OF THE WOMAN was the first independently produced American documentary to enjoy extensive theatrical exhibition in the United States and broadcast in eleven foreign countries. It received an Academy Award nomination and the Independent New York Film Critics Award for Best Documentary. In 2003, it was selected, among 25 films, for inclusion in the National Film Registry at the Library of Congress.

Her 1984 feature about the Polish Solidarity movement, FAR FROM POLAND, was heralded for breaking new ground in the documentary genre with its radical deconstructive approach and juxtaposition of fact and fiction. Her feminist "fiction" feature, WAITING FOR THE MOON, about the lives of Alice B. Toklas and Gertrude Stein, won 1st prize at the Sundance Film Festival in 1987 and enjoyed extensive theatrical and video distribution. She completed her 1995 feature film, ROY COHN/JACK SMITH - a cinematic translation of performance artist Ron Vawter's extraordinary solo theatre piece about two infamous queers, both of whom died of AIDS in the late 1980's.

Featured in the 2000 Whitney biennial, WHAT FAROCKI TAUGHT, is a replica and interrogation of a 1969 non-fiction film by German filmmaker Harun Farocki about the production of napalm during the Vietnam war. Most recently, she completed Lear '97 Archive (Condensed) 2002, a 6 hour, 3 DVD disc archive of the theatrical collaborative, Mabou Mines, at work on a fully gender-reversed production of King Lear. Godmilow has been teaching film production and critical studies in the Department of Film, Television & Theatre at the University of Notre Dame since 1992.