Review: The entire “MOMz Hot ROCKs,” project took five years. Ms. Perotti filmed from 2004 to 2007. The women in the film are alike in their love for music; most are moms, but some aren’t. They’re married, divorced and single, straight and gay, women with a wide variety of careers: lawyer, bartender, custom framer, schoolteacher, boutique owner, dean. Last month, Ms. Perotti was in New York and met Gloria Steinem, and was surprised to learn that she had heard about the film. (full article)
When Kate Perotti contacted me in 2004, wanting to shoot a film about the Mom Rock Movement, I had no idea what I was in for? Mamapalooza was only two years old. Nevermind that the Wall Street Journal, CNN and Ladies Home Journal were all featuring pieces on me and my band Housewives On Prozac, I was just a young mom trying to raise my kids, sing songs and make a little noise in the New York club scene. Those days were a whirlwind ride of press junkets, trips to Hollywood, meetings with American Idol producers and more. I had to make some tough decisions, and turn down the reality shows that would have compromised my kids’ well-being, but I have no regrets. Now people can see the film about the humble beginnings of the mom rock revolution and Mamapalooza at film festivals. Art, movies, projects, performances, and workshops that examine gender since 1980. My particular focus examines gender expectations in America, although I’m interested in other cultures. I focus particularly on youth and women who become mothers. Workshops are ongoing. Examples are here.
The film, ‘The Motherhood Movement’ – You Say You Want a Revolution captures the first ever, international summit on the Motherhood Movement, featuring Motherhood organizations. Directed by Joy Rose, Produced by The Museum Of Motherhood, in collaboration with the Association For Research On Mothering (ARM) and The Motherhood Foundation Inc (MFI). The film seeks to promote, showcase, and make visible maternal discussion and to disseminate information on the subject of Feminist/activist Mothers and the missions of International Maternal agencies.
Over 23 organizations were represented at the first ever global summit at the Association For Research and Mothering Conference (ARM), York University on October 25, 26th in Toronto, CA 2008.
We have documented and preserved presentations, interviews and perspectives on the burgeoning ‘Mom Movement’. Subjects include, but are not limited to: The Motherhood Movement as an important part of women’s studies, activism, the three feminist waves, where are we now? Feminist Mothering, woman and mothers in the arts, non-traditional parenting, women and families; poor and immigrant issues, the 1950’s until now, mothers and politics, mothers and the economy, motherhood unpaid, mother-work, the gift economy, matriarchal and indigenous societies, the role of men and feminist values, future museum of Motherhood, formation of an international movement.
Organizations represented include:
Andrea O’Reilly (Founder, ASSOCIATION FOR RESEARCH ON MOTHERING (ARM), now MIRCI
Joy Rose (Founder & President, MAMAPALOOZA and Executive Director, MOTHERHOOD FOUNDATION)
Alexia Nye Jackson (MOTHER, THE JOB)
Anita Shawhanks (author, ADOLESCENT PREGNANCY)
Amy Hudock (literarymama.com)
Jewelles Smith (DISABLED WOMENS NETWORK OF CANADA)
Mary Olivella (momsrising.org)
Amy Richards (THIRD WAVE FOUNDATION)
Tiloma Jayasinghe (Staff Attorney, NATIONAL ADVOCATES FOR PREGNANT WOMEN)Heide Goettner (INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY FOR MODERN MATRIARCHAL STUDIES)
Oleru Huda (Parliament, Uganda)
Rebekah Spicuglia (NON CUSTODIAL PARENT COMMUNITY)
Gayle Brandeis (CODE PINK)
Audette Shephard (Chair, UNITED MOTHERS OPPOSING VIOLENCE EVERYWHERE (UMOVE))
Amy Anderson (MAMAZINE)
Jennifer Niesslein (Co-founder, BRAIN, CHILD)
Laura Jiminez (SISTER SONG WOMEN OF COLOR REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH COLLECTIVE)
Amber Kinser (Author, MOTHERING IN THE THIRD WAVE)
Genevieve Vaughan (INTERNATIONAL FEMINISTS FOR A GIFT ECONOMY)
Lynn Kuechle (Board, MUSEUM OF MOTHERHOOD (coming, 2010)
Enola Aird (THE MOTHERHOOD PROECT)
Lorri Slepian and Linda Lisi Juergens (NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MOTHERCENTERS)
Pat Gowens and THE WELFARE WARRIORS
Melanie Dernak (NATIONAL ORGANIZATION OF WOMEN (NOW)
Rebecca Ruhlen (Breastfeeding Advocacy)
Jill Evans Petzall (Filmmaker, WHEN THE BOW BREAKS and VERONICA’S STORY
Beth Osnes and Julianna Forbes (MOTHERS ACTING UP)