Killing Time/Fannie's Film
US, 1979, 15 minutes, BW, 16mm/DVD
Order No. W00646
Part of the mediamaking movement that first gave centrality to the voices and experiences of African American women during the late Seventies and early Eighties, these two re-releases are no less groundbreaking today. KILLING TIME, an offbeat, wryly humorous look at the dilemma of a would-be suicide unable to find the right outfit to die in, examines the personal habits, socialization, and complexities of life that keep us going. In FANNIE'S FILM, a 65-year-old cleaning woman for a professional dancers' exercise studio performs her job while telling us in voiceover about her life, hopes, goals, and feelings. A challenge to mainstream media's ongoing stereotypes of women of color who earn their living as domestic workers, this seemingly simple documentary achieves a quiet revolution: the expressive portrait of a fully realized individual.
"What is marvelous about this film is that it makes clear that Fannie Drayton has got a life outside her job, and that she uses her skills to beautify her home and to maintain her financial independence, and that what she really loves is that other life and that independence."
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Interviewed in Iris: A Journal About Women
"Women Make Movies' re-release of Fronza Woods' films is an important milestone in documenting the historical contribution of African American women to the annals of independent filmmaking."
Media Consultant and Curator
“Stunning. A brutal, brilliant allegory for women and film.”
New York Times
"Killing Time is an unforgettable ten-minute short plumbing the art of everyday horror. The nonchalant mood not only creates deadpan wit but also knowingly hints at a deeper truth: that the alienation of women of color from U.S. society had become surreally normalized."
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