From June ’06 Spotlight: Facets Multimedia has just released a DVD version of WAITING FOR THE MOON, Jill Godmilow’s loving tribute to intellectual gadfly Gertrude Stein.
Godmilow teaches at Notre Dame where she obsesses on questions like: “How real is the reality in documentary films?” In her commentary on the new Facets DVD, Godmilow explains that while the incidents described in WAITING FOR THE MOON are fictional, she believes the emotional content is true. She’s clearly taking her lead from Stein herself, who ends her best-known book THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF ALICE B. TOKLAS as follows: “About six weeks ago Gertrude Stein said, it does not look to me as if you were ever going to write that autobiography. You know what I am going to do. I am going to write it for you. And she has and this is it.”
WAITING FOR THE MOON won the Grand Jury Prize at the 1987 Sundance Festival then lapsed into obscurity. Bravo to Facets for bring it back to us 🙂
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Click here to purchase WAITING FOR THE MOON from Amazon.com.
Click here to read “How Real Is the Reality in Documentary Film?,” a conversation between Jill Godmilow and Ann-Louise Shapiro (historian and Dean of The New School University in Manhattan).
Photo: Oscar-winning actress Linda Hunt plays Alice B. Toklas.