Judy Chicago: Making Change

October 6, 2021

Judy Chicago

Judy Chicago: Making Change is a short documentary on the making of the artist’s very first retrospective exhibition, Judy Chicago: A Retrospective. Through the voice of friends, collaborators, and creatives operating in various industries — and the artist herself — this film highlights the depth, variety, rigor, and consistent radicality of Chicago’s artistic practice spanning 60 years. Shot in three distinct locations by an all-women production crew, the film includes footage of Judy’s home and workspace in Belen, New Mexico, and the newly installed exhibition at the de Young museum. It features interviews with author Kevin Kwan, fashion designer Maria Grazia Chiuri, art historian Jenni Sorkin, FAMSF contemporary art curator Claudia Schmuckli, lifelong friend and collaborator Diane Gelon, and Judy Chicago herself.

About the filmmakers

Kate Amend \ Director

Amend has edited two Academy Award-winning documentaries, “Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport” and “The Long Way Home.” She’s the recipient of the IDA’s inaugural award for Outstanding Achievement in Editing, the ACE Eddie Award, and an Emmy nomination for her film “The Case Against 8.” She represents the Documentary Branch on the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and is an advisor at the Sundance Documentary Edit and Story Labs. Amend has a deep knowledge and understanding of Judy Chicago’s work. She broke into documentaries as an apprentice editor on Johanna Demetrakas’s film “Right Out of History,” which documented the making of Judy Chicago’s sculpture “The Dinner Party,” and she has remained involved in Judy’s work. Since then, she’s brought her unique creative sense to dozens of films including “Serena,” “Sound of Redemption,” “Foster,” “First Position,” “Beah: A Black Woman Speaks,” “Feminists: What Were They Thinking?” and the Netflix series “The Keepers.”

Tim Marrinan \ Director, Producer, Editor

Tim Marrinan directed and produced the critically acclaimed feature documentary “Burden,” which explored the life and work of seminal artist Chris Burden. Made over the final years of Burden’s life, the film captured the energy and danger of his controversial early performance works and traced his evolution from a young boundary-pushing artist to elder statesman of the LA art scene. The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, where it was selected as one of the must-see films of the festival by publications including Rolling Stone, Time Out, The Village Voice, The Hollywood Reporter, and others. It was released theatrically in the U.S. by Magnolia Pictures and is available internationally on Netflix.

Lisa Remington \ Producer

An Emmy-nominated filmmaker, Lisa Remington has produced over two dozen documentaries including Nathaniel Kahn’s art world exploration "The Price of Everything” (Sundance 2018), Johanna Demetrakas’s inspiring Netflix Original Documentary “Feminists: What Were They Thinking?”, and Mark Jonathan Harris’s myth-busting look at the Los Angeles foster care system, “Foster.” Other projects include Rory Kennedy’s portrait of her mother, “Ethel” (Sundance 2012, HBO), Davis Guggenheim’s Obama campaign short “The Road We’ve Traveled,” and Jessica Yu’s short about net neutrality, made for the Ford Foundation, “ForEveryone.net.” Lisa co-produced Sam Feder’s “Disclosure” (Sundance 2020), Richard Ray Perez and Lorena Parlee’s “Cesar’s Last Fast” (Sundance 2014), and Lucy Walker’s “Countdown to Zero” (Sundance 2010). Lisa serves as a mentor for Sundance Institute’s Creative Producing Program and is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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