FTT professor's film selected to National Film Registry

by Julie Hail Flory

p. “Antonia: A Portrait of the Woman,” an Academy Award-nominated documentary by University of Notre Dame filmmaker Jill Godmilow, is one of 25 films selected by the Library of Congress to the National Film Registry for 2003.p. A film biography of Antonia Brico, history’s first woman symphony conductor, “Antonia” was made in 1974 and broke through many boundaries in the genre by including animation, self-reflection and dramatically original editing. It was nominated for an Academy Award in the feature documentary category, was named Best Feature Documentary by the Independent Film Critics of New York, and has been screened at the Telluride, London, Paris and other film festivals.p. In more than three decades of film and video making, Godmilow has earned a substantial reputation as a producer/director and is considered one of the primary theoreticians/practitioners in the American nonfiction genre. She has been a member of the Notre Dame faculty since 1992 and is the recipient of Rockefeller and Guggenheim fellowships and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts.p. The National Film Registry is designed to reflect the full breadth and diversity of America’s film heritage, thus increasing public awareness of the richness of American cinema and the need for its preservation. Other films selected this year include “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” “National Velvet” and “Patton.”

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