(serving Hamilton, Fulton, and Montgomery Counties)
Join Us at Our Upcoming Event!
Saturday, April 11th
Meet Jennifer Lee, a writer, speaker and filmmaker
AGJ AAUW will present Jennifer’s movie “Feminist Stories from Women’s Liberation”
Fulton-Montgomery Community College Theatre
Route 67, Johnstown NY
The film, “Feminist Stories from Women’s Liberation” illustrates how women have continued to fight for their rights in the 20th Century and beyond. Elizabeth Cady Stanton was part of women’s history. Without Elizabeth and many other notable women from the Suffragist period, the 20th Century Liberation may not have occurred.
More about JENNIFER LEE… Jennifer grew up on Staten Island, New York in the late 60s and early 70s. Her father was a police officer and her mother was a social worker who worked at Willowbrook State School and was instrumental in its closing. Jennifer and her mother moved to Athens, Georgia and then Atlanta in 1973. They lived in the Quaker Meeting House in the artists’ area of Atlanta, Little Five Points. The neighborhood included filmmakers, actors, gay activists, political activists, feminists, and the general counter culture of the time. Jennifer was a part of a dance theater company and volunteered at the feminist bookstore, “Charis Books and More.” Upon graduating from Hampshire College, she moved to the San Francisco Bay area intent on working at Lucas film’s Industrial Light and Magic in their optical department (this was when visual effects were created on cameras and film – computer effects were just beginning). She started working in the optical department as a compositor in 1989.
Jennifer Lee has worked on many feature films at ILM, including Forrest Gump, Ghost, Back To The Future 2, Death Becomes Her, The Rocketeer, The Hunt For Red October, Hook, In The Mouth Of Madness And Forrest Gump.
The first independent film that she directed was about little-known southwestern architect named Mary Jane Colter: The Desert View. It was narrated by Ellen Burstyn. Jennifer was drawn to Colter’s story because her work was significant and ground-breaking, and Jennifer had never heard of her.
Moving to Los Angeles to broaden her film experience she worked in several Hollywood studios including, Warner Bros. Studios, Sony Imageworks, and Technicolor. Jennifer worked as a visual effects producer, compositor, editor, digital intermediate conforming editor and she produced miniature effects. She worked technically and creatively. Her credits include, Race To Witch Mountain, The Human Stain, Kill Bill Vol. 1+2, Final Destination, Herbie Fully Loaded, Beowulf, Pirates Of The Caribbean, And Enchanted.
Jennifer Lee began to move in a more independent direction with film. She created and directed a film festival in Winslow’s historic theater from 2002 through 2004. For three years the festival screened independent films and hosted a visual effects lecture series that included visual effects professionals. FEMINIST: STORIES FROM WOMEN’S LIBERATION won “Best of the Fest” for documentary at the Los Angeles Women’s International Film Festival. It is a film exploring the significance of the second wave of the women’s liberation movement on our lives. Interviewees include author and NOW founder Betty Friedan, authors and activists Frances M. Beal, Robin Morgan, Sonia Pressman Fuentes, Betita Martinez and many other feminists who are not well-known but should be.
As a speaker Jennifer works to connect the importance of history as women along with seeing women as leaders. Speaking engagements include the Berkshire Conference on Women’s History, Hampshire College, The Women, Action and Media National Conference, UCLA, University of Colorado, Boulder, Girls Athletic Leadership School, Denver, CO, Loyola Marymount University, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, University of Texas Dallas, and the International Islamic University in Islamabad, Pakistan.