News on the Heresies Film Project

Berkeley Filmmakers Screening Series Presents – The Heretics – December 16th

Berkeley Filmmakers Screening Series Presents – The Heretics – December 16th

The Heretics was a 2009 Berkeley FILM Foundation grant winner. Tickets for this event are $10 and benefit the Berkeley Film Foundation, a grant program for independent filmmakers with a mission to nurture, sustain and preserve the thriving Berkeley Film community while attracting the next generation of filmmakers.

The Berkeley FILM Foundation focuses on supporting the ideals reflected in Berkeley culture: social, historical and innovative documentary and dramatic works. It is made possible through funding from the City of Berkeley, Wareham Development, the Saul Zaentz Company, and others.”

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Podcast interview with Joan Braderman

In episode #9 of the San Francisco Women’s Film Festival Podcast, Scarlett Shepard, Executive Director of the Women’s Film Institute, talks with Joan Braderman about THE HERETICS. Listen HERE!

Frameline34 Approaches!

THE HERETICS will be showing at the 34th annual Frameline Film Festival,  Saturday, June 26th, at 11:00am. Tickets can be purchased at the festival’s website by clicking HERE. We hope to see you there!


THE HERETICS will be showing at NewFest, New York City’s premier LGBT Film Festival, on June 10th at 5:00pm. Through their annual film festival and year-round programming, NewFest showcases international, US, and local filmmakers, fostering a greater sense of awareness and community among LGBT and LGBT-friendly audiences.

THE HERETICS DVD from Women Make Movies

THE HERETICS on DVD, along with other works by Joan Braderman at the Women Make Movies website!

THE HERETICS at 92YTribeca

THE HERETICS will be returning to New York City on Thursday, June 3rd for a special screening at the wonderful 92YTribeca. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at the venue’s website here.

What’s the Latest?

THE HERETICS has been making the rounds across the world to welcoming and enthusiastic audiences. Sister Heretics have even joined up for the fun! Art critic and writer Betsy Hess joined Joan in Montpelier in March for the Green Mountain Film Festival. Filmmaker and Princeton University professor Su Friedrich, who is featured in the film, spoke after a lively Princeton University screening on March 12 to a packed house despite some nasty weather!  The International Women’s Film Festival in Buffalo, NY rounded out the US screenings. The film made its overseas debut at the Ankara International Film Festival in Turkey! We are racking ‘em up alright!

THE HERETICS receives praise from the Bay Area Reporter

“I may have breasts and a cunt, but that doesn’t mean I can’t do anything in the world.”

This saucy comment from Su Friedrich, one of my favorite road movie directors, opens Joan Braderman’s engaging portrait of a generation of feminists who launched what is generally regarded as the Second Wave of the Women’s Movement. The Heretics specifically refers to a generation that found sisterhood along with cheap rent in lower Manhattan during the feisty early Seventies when as one survivor notes virtually, anything seemed possible in the world of progressive women. The heretics of this film also comprise the Heresies collective which between 1977 and 1992 put out twenty-seven issues of Heresies a trailblazing feminist journal on art and politics.

Braderman notes the satisfaction of being able to track down the now far flung former Heresies’ members with a talented young female film crew. Most have prospered and stuck to their art, writing or work as political organizers. The camera reveals the extra pounds along with the increasingly daunting challenge posed by extra flights of stairs.

One youngish Heresies veteran recalls fondly the nights of all-female consciousness raising groups where women were allowed an uninterrupted fifteen minutes to tell their individual stories.”I think we need to go back to the CR groups,” she sighs, “They were the fuel of the movement.”

THE HERETICS in CineSource Magazine

“It took Braderman three years to make the film as she tracked down the collective members, now scattered from California to Venice and New Mexico. She was inspired to do it, she says, in response to being overwhelmed by “the steady diet of horrible news” from the Bush administration. “I just had a hunch that I’d able to tell a story with those minds and those faces, so varied and so committed; we’d be able to do some history that corrected the distortions of what feminists supposedly were,” Braderman says.” read the full article here!

Check out the latest, rave reviews for THE HERETICS:

Santa Barbara Independent

Casa Magazine


CineSource Magazine