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Preservation Screening @ Montclair Film Forum: Joe & Maxi

Join us for a screening of Maxi Cohen's groundbreaking Joe & Maxi (1973), followed by a discussion about the film and its preservation through the NYWIFT Women's Film Preservation Fund. 

Joe & Maxi is an intimate and revealing portrait of a father-daughter relationship. Cohen began with an attempt to get to know her father, but ends up dealing with Joe's diagnosis of cancer and subsequent death. A breakthrough verité film, it portrays universal emotions while exposing family interactions and raising ethics issues involved in documentary filmmaking. 

The film premiered at the Berlin Film Festival and was theatrically released in 1980. It is now featured in the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) archives.

Maxi Cohen is an award winning artist and filmmaker based in New York City. Her films, photographs and multimedia installations have been exhibited internationally, and are in the permanent collections of various museums, including the MoMA, the Whitney Museum for American Art, the Museum of Fine Arts - Houston, the Israel Museum and the National Gallery of Canada. Cohen participated in Seven Women Seven Sins, in which seven internationally acclaimed directors reinterpreted the seven deadly sins. In response to the Los Angeles riots of 1992, she directed and produced South Central Los Angeles: Inside Voices, which premiered on Showtime, France's ARTE and Germany's ZDF. She has produced short films for Saturday Night Live, Comedy Central, MTV, PBS, Children's Television Workshop and Fox Broadcasting. For over thirty years, she has also photographed and filmed women's restrooms across the globe for her project Ladies Room Around the World, which celebrates women's advocacy, courage and creativity.

Ina Archer is Co-Chair of NYWIFT's Women's Film Preservation Fund. Her multimedia projects have been shown nationally, including in the Cinema Project's Expanded Frames, Spelman College Museum of Fine Dart's Cinema Remixed and Reloaded and Houston's Contemporary Art Museum. She has been awarded residencies at Headlands Center for the Arts, Jentel Artist Residency, Blue Mountain Center and Civitella Ranieri in Umbria, Italy. Archer has been a studio artist for the Whitney Independent Study program, a New York Foundation of the Arts Multidisciplinary Fellow, a 2005 Creative Capital grantee and a 2010 nominee for Anonymous Was a Woman Award. She currently serves as adjunct faculty at Parsons School for Design and board member of Independent Media Arts Preservation. Archer also blogs about media at Continuum Film Blog, and writes essays and reviews for Film Comment, Framework and Black Camera. 


The Montclair Film Forum is a weekly program at Montclair State University that invites contemporary filmmakers to discuss their profession and body of work. Sponsored by the Filmmaking Program within the School of Communication & Media at the College of the Arts, events are open to university students and the general public. Audience members are invited to ask questions and hear personalized stories from some of the field's most innovative filmmakers.

The Women's Film Preservation Fund (WFPF) is the only program in the world dedicated to preserving the cultural legacy of women in the industry. It was founded in 1995 by NYWIFT in conjunction with the Museum of Modern Art. Since its inception, the WFPF has provided financial support for preservation of over 100 short and feature films. WFPF awards cash grants as well as in-kind post-production services generously provided by Cineric, Inc., and Kodak to preserve or restore films in which women have played a significant creative role.


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NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts