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Julie Akeret, Christian McEwen
Are tomboys tamed once they grow up? This lively and inspiring documentary tears down that archaic myth with the stories of spirited and proud tomboys of all ages: African-American teenager Jay Gillespie; Massachusetts firefighter Tracy Driscoll, lesbian artist Nancy Brooks Brody and the inimitable political activist Doris Haddock, aka “Granny D”, whose walk across America in support of campaign finance reform has gained global attention. Interviews with these feisty women are intercut with personal photographs and archival footage that celebrate tomboys of all ages. Exploring the myriad ways gender identity is constructed from a very young age, Tomboys makes the connections between rebel girls and spirited women gloriously clear. With additional commentary by girls’ studies pioneer Carol Gilligan, these tales of energy and enterprise are a revelation to us all. (Production note)
Julie AkeretJulie Akeret
A graduate of Columbia University’s Psychology program, Julie Akeret is an independent filmmaker who is based in western Massachusetts. For the past 20 years, she has worked in various capacities in the film industry, including: sound editor, assistant film editor, soundperson, cameraperson, as well as a director and producer. Her filmography as director includes Not Just Garbage (1986), In Defense of Animals (1990) and Looking for Common Ground (1997).
Christian McEwenChristian McEwen
Christian McEwen is an award-winning writer, editor, and teacher. She was educated at Kings College, Cambridge and the University of California, Berkeley. Tomboys! is based on her anthology Jo’s Girls: Tomboy Tales of High Adventure, True Grit, and Real Life. She is the editor of several books including The Alphabet of the Trees: A Guide to Nature Writing. Her stories, poems and articles have appeared in countless magazines and anthologies.