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Jezebel Productions Records, 1971-2003 (ongoing)
20 boxes (26.75 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 534

Abstract:
Film production company. Collection includes original film and video footage and outtakes, scripts, production notes, interviews, catalogs from film festivals where Jezebel films were shown; and books, articles and film reviews by Andrea Weiss. Some records included in this collection are not the works of Jezebel Productions, such as materials related to the making of "Before Stonewall," co-produced by Greta Schiller. [NOTE: The contents list for this collection is not online. Contact the Sophia Smith Collection if you would like one sent to you.]

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection with the following caveats:

  • This collection is stored offsite; researchers must give 48 hours advance notice.
  • Original audiovisual materials are closed; research copies must be made.
  • The collection has not been fully processed and therefore may be somewhat difficult to use.

Restrictions on use:

Jezebel Productions owns copyright to their works. Copyright to materials authored by others may be owned by those individuals or their heirs or assigns. Permission must be obtained to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use." It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA

Historical Note

Jezebel Productions is an independent film production company, founded in 1984 by Greta Schiller and Andrea Weiss. The company has been based in New York City and London since 1998. Films include International Sweethearts of Rhythm (1986), Tiny and Ruby: Hell Divin' Women (1988), and Maxine Sullivan: Love To Be In Love (1991), a trilogy about women in jazz; Woman of the Wolf (1994); Paris Was A Women (1995); A Bit of Scarlet (1997); Seed of Sarah (1998); The Man Who Drove With Mandela (1998); Escape To Life: The Erika and Klaus Mann Story (2000); I Live At Ground Zero (2002); and Recall Florida (2003). Prior to founding Jezebel Productions, Schiller was Producer/Director and Weiss served as Research Director for Before Stonewall (1985), an Emmy Award- winning documentary that traced the social, political, and cultural development of the gay and lesbian community in New York City.

Greta Schiller has produced and directed documentries for European Television and for MayaVision International, and has been awarded numerous grants and prizes for her work, including the first Fulbright Arts Fellowship in Film. Her films are held in many prestigious collections around the world.

Andrea Weiss earned a B.A. in English and Women's Studies from the State Univerisity of New York at Binghamton in 1977, an M.A. in English and Women's Studies from the University of Oklahoma in 1981, and a Ph.D. in history from Rutgers University. She has taught women's studies, history, film studies, and film/video production at a variety of institutions. She is currently a Professor in the Film/Video Program of the Department of Media and Communication Arts at the City College of New York, where she has taught since 2003.

In addition to making independent films, she is the author of Vampires and Violets: Lesbians in Film (1993), Paris Was A Woman: Portraits from the Left Bank (1995)--which formed the basis for the Jezebel productions documentary of the same name-- and In the Shadow of Magic Mountain: The Erika and Klaus Mann Story (2008), about the children of Thomas Mann. She is also the co-author with Greta Schiller of Before Stonewall (1987). Weiss has written many book chapters, articles and film reviews, and has been awarded numerous fellowships and grants. She has taught at the International Film and Photo Workshops, New York University, the City University of New York, and the National Film and Television School of Great Britain.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

re included, as are books, articles and film reviews by Andrea Weiss. Original footage and outtakes consist of a variety of audiovisual formats including film, video and audio tapes. Some materials in the collection are not the works of Jezebel Productions, such as materials related to the film Before Stonewall, co-produced by Greta Schiller.

[NOTE: The contents list for this collection is not online. Contact the Sophia Smith Collection if you would like one sent to you.]


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection with the following caveats:

  • This collection is stored offsite; researchers must give 48 hours advance notice.
  • Original audiovisual materials are closed; research copies must be made.
  • The collection has not been fully processed and therefore may be somewhat difficult to use.

Restrictions on use:

Jezebel Productions owns copyright to their works. Copyright to materials authored by others may be owned by those individuals or their heirs or assigns. Permission must be obtained to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use." It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

Jezebel Productions Records, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

History of the Collection

Greta Schiller and Andrea Weiss began donating the records of Jezabel Productions to the Sophia Smith Collection in 2005. Periodic additions to the collection are expected.

Accruals:

Periodic additions to collection are expected and may not be reflected in this record.

Processing Information

Accessioned by Burd Schlessinger, 2006


Additional Information
Contact Information
Smith College Special Collections
Young Library
4 Tyler Drive
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: (413) 585-2970
Fax: (413) 585-2886

Email: specialcollections@smith.edu
URL: https://www.smith.edu/libraries/special-collections
Language
English


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Subjects
  • Documentary films--United States--Production and direction
  • Feminism and motion pictures
  • Gays in motion pictures
  • Independent filmmakers -- Biography -- Sources
  • Jezebel Productions
  • Lesbian community -- France -- Paris -- History
  • Lesbians in motion pictures
  • Motion pictures -- Production and direction
  • Paris (France) -- Intellectual life -- 20th century
  • Schiller, Greta
  • Weiss, Andrea
  • Women artists -- France -- Paris -- History -- 20th century
  • Women authors -- History -- 20th century
  • Women in motion pictures -- History -- Sources
  • Women intellectuals -- France -- Paris -- Biography

Contributors
  • Schiller, Greta
  • Weiss, Andrea


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