Julie Akeret  

Julie Akeret is an Emmy-award-winning documentary filmmaker with a BA from Columbia University in psychology. For the past thirty years, she has worked in various capacities of the film industry as a sound editor, camera operator, director and producer. Her films focus on education, the arts, and rights issues. Her first film, Not Just Garbage, a film about Mierle Ukeles, artist-in-residence at the New York City Department of Sanitation, premiered at the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and won Best Documentary Short in the USA film Festival in 1986. Julie received a fellowship from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and grants from foundations such as the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities, The Sister Fund and the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts among others. In 2012, Julie received a Boston/New England Emmy for Theatre on the Edge, a film exploring the collaborative process at Double Edge, a laboratory theatre based on a farm in Western Massachusetts. Big Ideas for Little Kids: Teaching Philosophy through Picture Books, released in 2015, also received a Boston/New England Emmy and was acquired by APT for national distribution. Julie Akeret's films are distributed nationally to educational institutions through Women Make Movies, Filmakers Library and Bullfrog Films. Julie now lives in Leeds, Massachusetts with her husband and two children. (01/20)

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Tomboys! Feisty Girls and Spirited Women

A film by Julie Akeret, 2004, 28 min, Color

Are tomboys tamed once they grow up? This lively and inspiring documentary explodes that archaic myth with the stories of 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…

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