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Monday, June 27, 2011
Wed, July 6: NOT DEAD YET Screening Discussion
PARADIGM SHIFT: NYC'S FEMINIST COMMUNITY Proudly Presents
A Film Screening & Discussion to Unite the Generations:
NOT DEAD YET
A dramedy about life, hot flashes, and profound re-awakenings!
SUSAN HESS LOGEAIS, Writer/Producer/Star
JENNIFER L. POZNER, Founder of Women In Media & News
NOT DEAD YET brings a dramatic new perspective to a range of women's issues rarely embraced by American cinema.
Three women join forces to revive their acting careers, only to find themselves on a quest for something far more important. Frustrated by the lack of roles for women over 40, they decide to create their own film, starring themselves. As the project spins out of control, so do their lives.
Best Feature - Rhode Island International Film Festival
Best Narrative Feature - Baltimore Women's Film Festival
Prior to leaving the entertainment industry in 1990, Logeais had accomplished in 15 years what few people achieve in a lifetime. Beginning at the age of 17, the classically-trained ballerina spent a year performing with the Santa Francisco Ballet under Artistic Director Michael Smuin.
Then, in 1978, the teen began a seven-year stint during which she graced over a dozen magazine covers. In 1984, Logeais scaled back her modeling to pursue her passion: acting. During the years that followed, she co-starred in four network television movies, a Sidney Sheldon mini-series for CBS, and episodes of "Miami Vice," "Knightwatch," "Spencer: For Hire," and "Christine Cromwell."
Finally, after years of being in front of audiences and the camera, Logeais decided to step behind the lens, and began learning the craft of screenplay writing. At the same time, she formed her own production company, Two Chicks with Cameras, and co-directed and produced a series of short films.
Then in 1992, her body rejected the breast implants she had gotten 8 ½ years earlier. Realizing how she had unwittingly inspired other women to follow her example, she convinced Allure magazine to chronicle her surgery and recovery. In addition, she appeared on a local LA television program to share her story.
Teaming up with local talent and crew, she produced her screenplay "Not Dead Yet". Her goal in producing the film was threefold; to see one of her screenplays produced; to star in a feature film; and to produce a story that would encourage women over 40 to embrace themselves and the wisdom their age represents.
"Not Dead Yet" was completed in early 2009 and has since screened at numerous film festivals, winning Best Feature at the Rhode Island International Film Festival and at the Baltimore Women's Film Festival. Subsequent projects include a short documentary entitled "Nerves of Steel, a year with The Portland Ballet," which she recently completed; "Clay In Their Hands," a documentary focusing on the importance of valuing women and children that is in production; and "The Emerald Tree," an illustrated short story that is in development.
Jennifer L. Pozner is founder and executive director of Women In Media & News (WIMN), a media analysis, education and advocacy group. She is also managing editor of WIMN's Voices, the popular group blog on women and the media. Her book, Reality Bites Back: The Troubling Truth About Guilty Pleasure TV (Seal Press, Nov. 1, 2010), grew out of WIMN's media analysis program.
A widely published journalist, Jennifer serves on the board of editors of In These Times magazine. Her work has appeared in corporate media outlets such as Newsday, Chicago Tribune and the Boston Phoenix, independent magazines such as Ms. magazine, The American Prospect, and Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture, and online media such as WomensEnews, AlterNet, and Salon, among others. Her essays have appeared in numerous anthologies. Additionally, she has served as an adviser for and has been featured in several documentary films, including "I Was a Teenage Feminist" and "Miss Representation."
Jennifer has appeared as a media commentator on NBC, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, ABC News Now, GRITtv, Democracy Now!, National Public Radio, and Comedy Central's "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart." And, because she's a sucker for punishment, she's gone head to head with some of the most blustery boys of cable news, including Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity and Joe Scarborough.
A noted lecturer, Jennifer has spoken on women, media, politics and pop culture at more than eighty colleges across the country, on topics ranging from portrayals of women in reality television, to gender and race biases in journalistic coverage of elections, to media coverage of war, poverty and natural disasters. She conducts media literacy workshops and media trainings for women's groups, youth, and social justice organizations.
In 2009, she was recognized as one of the New Leaders Council "40 Under 40" progressive leaders in America. In 2007, Soroptimist International of NYC honored her with their "Making A Difference for Women" Award. Still, her favorite award remains her 2006 inclusion "The Real Hot 100," a Girls In Government project honoring young women leaders making change in their communities. Forbes named Jennifer one of "20 Inspiring Women To Follow On Twitter" in 2010. Later that year, she was amused to find her non-profit activist self alongside Tyra Banks, Martha Stewart and Vera Wang on BizTech Day's list of "25 Influential Business Women in New York City You Should Follow on Twitter."