Linda Stirling Unmasked: The Black Whip

: Dragged from her chariot by a mob of fanatical vigilante Christian monks, the revered astronomer was stripped naked, skinned to her bones with sharp oyster shells, stoned and burned alive as possibly the first executed witch in history. A kind of purge that was apparently big business back then.



Director Matt Tyrnauer Discusses Citizen Jane: Battle For The City

By Liza Bear

New York, April 21 2017--Matt Tyrnauer, director,  speaks  on the making of CITIZEN JANE: BATTLE FOR THE CITY  which opens tonight at the IFC.  Now that I've seen it: don't miss! New Yorkers owe a lot to Jane--sharp, observant, resourceful, determined. An inspiration for activists and would-be activists,  this visually arresting (not only lots of demolition, but priceless scenes of women with prams protesting)  is well-argued, tough and still  timely.


The film examines  closely the tactics employed in the 60s  by feminist writer/activist Jane Jacobs--dismissed by the male urban planners as "a housewife"-- to  defeat several ill-conceived plans by  inhumane  czar  Robert Moses to destroy downtown New York neighborhood life--notably by extending Fifth Avenue through Washington Square and to build a Lower Manhattan Expressway through SoHo.

It also presents a comprehensive view  of the history of sterile  and brutish  post war urban planning tracing it back to a misappropriation of Le Corbusier designs for office buildings and transferring them to housing projects --the tower in a park--for low-income people. Filmed by Liza Béar

Note: CITIZEN JANE: BATTLE FOR THE CITY premiered at the Tribeca International Film Festival in 2016 it was also shown at Hot Docs.

Liza Bear produces Nothingofficial on Youtube. She also writes for Bomb Magazine. Liza is a member of The Women Film Critics Circle.