This short essay provides an overview of the career of Lee Dick, a female nonfiction film director and producer in the late 1930s and '40s. With a body of work that traverses documentary, industrial, and amateur production, Dick challenges perceived divisions between often overlapping spheres of nonfiction filmmaking and invokes tensions between personal and institutional authorship within a sponsored, and deeply collaborative, media context. Her largely unexamined career is a window into gendered labor and mid-twentieth-century media production.
Picturing Lee Dick: A Nonfiction Film Pioneer
Tanya Goldman is a doctoral student in Cinema Studies at New York University. Her research primarily focuses on mid-twentieth-century nonfiction film and its history as a political discourse and practice. She has served as a member of the nominating advisory committee on documentary programming for the Peabody Awards.
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Tanya Goldman; Picturing Lee Dick: A Nonfiction Film Pioneer. Feminist Media Histories 1 April 2015; 1 (2): 125–134. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/fmh.2015.1.2.125
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