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Program 13: Remembering Rosies, Past and Present

  • Cinema Village Theater One 22 E 12th St New York, NY, 10003 United States (map)

Overpass Light Brigade

'Overpass Light Brigade' is a short film that tells the story behind Wisconsin's Holders of the Lights using innovative time-lapse photography and interviews with founding members and other activists. The film showcases OLB's simple, beautiful approach to performance art and action that beckons any who want to creatively join public discourse and voice concerns an elitist political system clamors to quiet. 7 minutes


On Her Shoulders

This multi-media performance took its viewers on a journey weaving through the lives and experiences of the nine women veterans. High school students trained with women veterans at the Albany, VA, then acted out their stories during the live performances.The project offered female veterans an opportunity to talk about themselves in a unique way, and for the audience to gain a new understanding of their experiences. 7 minutes.

The Life and Times of Rosie The Riveter


The U.S. entry into World War II created an unprecedented demand for new workers. Thousands of posters and billboards appeared calling on women to "Do the Job He Left Behind." Rosie the Riveter was born — the symbol of working women during World War II. The story is told by the women themselves, five former "Rosies," who movingly recall their histories working in Detroit, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco during the war. Their testimony is interwoven with rare archival recruitment films, stills, posters, ads and music from the period, which contrast their experiences with the popular legend and mythology of Rosie the Riveter. 65 minutes 

Rosie The Riveter Project Highlights & A Really Rosie              

Highlight reel from the 2010 update of the Rosie The Riveter film. These clips are part of the Rosie The Riveter Project, now based out of the NYU Tamiment Labor Archives.  Spargel Productions also has a new animated version of this project,THE GIRL WITH THE RIVET GUN, a new multi-media project that will go beyond the iconic "We Can Do It" Poster Girl, bringing new resonance to the Rosie story for today's audience and new generations using today's media. This new project will combines the work of innovative female animators with personal histories  in surprising ways. An educational curriculum will include online learning, interactive apps and classroom tools. 7 minutes

Q & A with“Real Rosie, Jerre Kalbas” from the NYC  NYC area and Spargel Productions: Anne deMare, Elizabeth Hemmerdinger & Kirsten Kelly, the producers of The Rosie the Riveter Project

Judith: Portrait of a Street Vendor (The Vamos Unidos Movement)


This fim takes the audience on an intimate journey into the daily life of Judith, a street vendor from Guatemala who lives and works in New York City. We see the struggles she and her fellow vendors face daily on the city's streets and shows her community's attempts to change their conditions as immigrants and workers. Judith's hopes for the future and her aspirations as a mother, worker and community organizer is a compelling, universal story about access to the American Dream. 17 minutes

Q & A with the Director, Zahida Pirani and Rafael Samanez Executive Director of Vamos Unidos 

Graciously sponsored by the NYC Central Labor Council, Winston Benefits, US Imaging Networks and the Puffin Foundation