Joan Does Dynasty/Joan Sees Stars

Two films by Joan Braderman

1993 | 95 minutes | Color | DVD | Order No. 99631


In the now classic, JOAN DOES DYNASTY (1986, 35 mins), Braderman superimposes her own image over scenes from one of the most popular night time soap operas in American history. With spearing humor, Braderman doesn't even spare poor Krystal in her wicked deconstruction of the fantasies of capitalism, patriarchy and consumption. JOAN SEES STARS (1993, 60 mins) is a savvy peek at the way celebrity culture, especially movies stars, make their way in to our lives, our beds and our dreams.
"Braderman looks at life through rose-colored glasses, then wipes them off and dishes the dirt. JOAN SEES STARS is no exception: movies meet life, life meets death and romance meets Perdue chicken in the meditation on our illicit VCR pleasures. Watch, and eat your heart out." --B. Ruby Rich, Cultural Critic


Joan Braderman

Joan Braderman is an award winning American video artist, director, performer, and writer whose video works are considered to have created her signature style known as "stand up theory." Via this “performative embodiment,” she deconstructs and analyzes popular media by inserting chroma-keyed cut-outs of her own body into appropriated mass media images, where she interrogates the representation of ideology (such as money, race and gender) and the transparency of photographic space in U.S. popular culture.

Born in Washington DC, Joan holds degrees from Harvard and NYU and has been involved with film and video for over 25 years. Her works are held in the permanent collections of museums such as the Stedelijk in Amsterdam, the Centre Pompidou in Paris and the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Joan is a Professor Emerita of Video, Film and Media Studies at Hampshire College and has taught internationally at institutions such as The School of Visual Arts in New York City, The Media School at The University of the Arts, London, and the Universidad Catolica Portuguesa in Porto, Portugal. She is also president of the small video/film company No More Nice Girls Productions and has received numerous grants over her years of work. Outside of her film work, Joan has served on the board of directors of Planned Parenthood of Massachusetts as well as other feminist organizations, such as the Committee for Abortion Rights and Against Sterilization Abuse, NYC. She also served on the boards of film and television organizations including the Association of Independent Film and Videomakers (AIVF), publisher of The Independent; The Independent Television Service (ITVS), and others.

Joan is a founding member of "Heresies: A Feminist Publication on Art and Politics," a magazine produced by a collective of feminist artists and writers to publish work by women in the arts. She wrote and directed THE HERETICS, about the collective. THE HERETICS premiered at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 2009. (01/20)

Professor Emerita
Video, Film and Media Studies,
School of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies, Hampshire College



BA cum laude, Harvard University (Radcliffe College), 1970.
MA, Cinema Studies, New York University, 1973.
MPhil, Cinema Studies, New York University, 1976.


The Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
The Museum of Modern Art, New York City
The deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, Massachusetts
Institute of Contemporary Art, London, England
The Georges Pompidou Center, Paris, France
Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, CA
Harvard University Cinematheque, Cambridge, MA
Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Museo de Arte Contemporanea Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain
Oviedo y Ayunta de Sevilla, Spain
Long Beach Museum, Long Beach, CA
Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
International House, Philadelphia, PA
The Donnell Library, New York City
Port Washington Public Library, Port Washington, NY

& over a hundred other public libraries,

media centers and universities

– domestic and international

“HER TAKE,” 10 Women Filmmakers honored by Documentary Channel (2012)
The National Endowment for for Arts (1989, 1990-1991)
Nova Scotia College of Art and Design Fellow (1979)
The Jerome Foundation (1987-88)
The New England Fellowships Program through the NEA & the American Film Institute (1989)
New York Foundation for the Arts (1987-88)
The Massachusetts Council on the Arts CAT FUND (1991-92)
The Massachusetts Cultural Council (1993)
New York State Council on the Arts (1989, 1992, 1994, 1996)
Hewllett - Mellon Foundation (1987, 1990, 1992, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001-2007)
Lemelson Foundation (1994, 1998)
Wexner Center for the Arts, Visiting Artist (January & August 1993, Summer 1998)
Koopman Chair in the Visual Arts, Hartford Art School, University of Hartford (1996-97)
MacArthur Foundation for Digital Archive Creation (1998 & 2004)
Fund for Women Artists (1998-99)
Northampton Arts Council Grant (2001)
Fulbright Foundation Chair in Electronic Arts, Porto, Portugal (2002)
Berkeley Film Fund Grant Bay Area Video Coalition, MediaMaker Award (2009)

Credits for Joan Does Dynasty

Conceived/Written/Produced/Performed by Joan Braderman

Co-directed/Co-edited by Manuel De Landa

Credits for Joan Sees Stars

Conceived/Written/Performed by Joan Braderman

Co-Director: Dana Master

Director of Photography: Gene Gor


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