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Just Released!

Pillow Book of a Yale Co-Ed,

Part One of the novel

Sex and the Cyborg Goddess

Amazon.com http://amzn.to/2teKVlv

Ana arrives at Yale just as it's going co-ed. Despite the sexual revolution, Ana's an idiot when it comes to men. After sexual assault upstages graduation, Ana hits the road, but carries the long-term consequences with her as she travels on to Germany and India, determined to become a filmmaker.

Sex and the Cyborg Goddess Book Cover

Betty Ann Brown - art historian, critic and curator (Pasadena, California):
"Alexis Rafael's "Sex and the Cyborg Goddess" is a fascinating narrative about coming-of-age during the radical social transformations of the 1970s. Ana, the novel's female protagonist, matures in and through the New York Art World, inspired by a perceptive Yale professor to interview now iconic figures from Warhol to Rauschenberg. Both Ana and the professor are aware of the shocking--and long repressed--inequities of the art world (inequities that continue to survive today). Rafael's protagonist stumbles through Free Love, Consciousness Raising, and conservative family ties on her circuitous path to becoming a sexual libertine, a political activist, and--finally, importantly--a filmmaker.
Beautifully written and rich in personal and cultural textures, "Sex" is an important addition to feminist history and literature."

Trailer link

QR Trailer Sex and the Cyborg Goddess

Mark Mars - Writer/Filmmaker - California:
"I just love this book. It's a whopper. A terrifically courageous, challenging, unequivocating novel of personal self-discovery, confessional poetry and The Sixties, realizing the journey itself as Goal. Everything depends upon an exacting and relentless honesty. The nightmare delusion at the end of Chapter 14 is a fucking masterpiece as surrealist cinema interlude, directly on par with Luis Bunuel's 'L'Age d'or,' with Fellini, with Lynch. (The whole novel leaves 'Eraserhead' basically on the same shelf with, say, National Lampoon's 'Animal House.')"

Darryle Pollack, author, I Never Signed Up for This (Los Angeles, California):
"The book takes place during a pivotal time in the history of Yale College, the first year it admitted a small group of female coeds after nearly 300 years as an all-male institution. By exploring the challenges faced by the characters at this elite Ivy League campus, Alexis reflects and illuminates the social changes and upheaval going on in America as a whole. Yale alumni and wannabes will especially appreciate this novel, which recreates a remarkable time and place. For some of us the book is a reminder; for younger women it's a revelation of what was an entirely unique college experience."

Debasish Sen Sharma - Filmmaker, Director, Theatre Group Chaepani - Kolkata, India:
"...an intriguing piece of literature."

Jikun Kathy Sankey, One Drop Zendo of Los Angeles:
"A lost soul (a cyborg) substitutes carnal love for deep spiritual yearning... Interesting read!"

Trina Lahiri - Artist/Writer - Kolkata, India:
"Here, sexual abuse and physical violence combined with domination through sexual torture is happening rampantly and is being used as a political tool, but finally the women are gaining a stronger voice. They are learning to say 'no' to sexual predators outside the home and inside too (marital rape). Their 'yes' is now stronger and more fearless. It's a shame that we cannot be who we are sexually, because we too have leaders like Trump. Our society has multiple layers. A lot of my young students made vocal presentations on their own experiences and what they feel about being a target or a victim, resulting from the piece on Sex and the Cyborg Goddess [--i.e., the trailer for the novel]. The girls have found a voice and they have found the strength to speak about their situations and emotions. Thank you, Alexis."

Also forthcoming - the audiobook of "Sex and the Cyborg Goddess"!

Beatrice degli Abruzzi (Florence, Italy):
“…The description of the late 1960s and 1970s is so vivid and detailed--the music, the colors, the ways people communicated--a real portrait of the time… The reading by Linda Fitak is exceptionally well-done and charming: it seduces and invites the listener to continue. The novel is certainly a very complex tapestry, but the protagonist and her co-protagonists are so deftly delineated that each one finds a place in the listener’s memory.”

 

New!

Shooting Women: Behind the Camera, Around the World

By Harriet Margolis, Alexis Krasilovsky, and Julia Stein.
Intellect Press / U. Chicago 2015.
For US orders, please visit: http://press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/distributed/S/bo22227959.html

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Shooting Women celebrates camerawomen who film in Hollywood, Bollywood and beyond -- from camerawomen in the 1910's to women who are filming studio features, independent films, TV movies, webisodes, news and experimental digital projects -- and fighting for gender equity behind the camera.

"Shooting Women: Behind the Camera, Around the World offers a comprehensive look at the rich and largely unexplored history of camerawomen from all across the globe. In addition, Krasilovsky, Margolis, and Stein provide a detailed account of how unions have often failed to recognize discrimination against women in the workplace--and even within the union itself. Historical overviews as well as first-hand accounts of these women working behind the scenes make for a boo that is both educational and engaging."
— Melissa Silverstein — Founder and Editor of Women and Hollywood

"Shooting Women: Behind the Camera, Around the World...is a fascinating look at the history of the women who pioneered and excelled behind the camera. The book shares insights into what it takes to succeed as a camerawoman and examines women's stories from the United States and around the globe... There are heartbreaking stories of loss and bravery and the very real dangers involved with shooting in some circumstances, and stories of women who have been (or were) positively fearless throughout their careers.
For instance, Director of Photography (DP) Mary Ayubi was stoned by the Taliban for filming a documentary about the lives of women in Afghanistan. Many women interviewed in the book have filmed in war zones, including Sandi Sissel, Lisa Siedenberg, Nancy McKenna, Joan Churchill, Jan Kenny and Margaret Moth, whose face was blown off while filming in the Balkan wars. Other DPs interviewed for the book have faced bears while filming in the wilderness, or have had to contend with abusive men while filming on Hollywood sets.
The courage and perseverance of all of these women in the face of danger an discrimination is not only deeply moving but also a revealing look at the realities of the business. As Alexis Krasilovsky said, 'this is a challenging field with sometimes inadequate protections, but women have been facing challenges in this business for over a hundred years.'
...The scope of coverage is magnificent -- everything from shooting in helicopters, to music videos, to Hollywood features, to shooting the Balkan wars, etc."
-- Anna Weinstein, "Documenting the Women Behind the Camera," Film International Vol.14 No.3&4 / 2016, 161-168; www.filmint.nu.

"A must-read for any woman interested in film-making. If you are looking for an invaluable gift to give a women interested in film-making or already working in the industry, this book could transform her life and career.

I took two days this week and read "Shooting Women" cover-to-cover. I was fascinated and very moved by it. What a gift these three authors have given to women filmmakers everywhere. This book is not just for women interested in cinematography, it's truly a must-read for anyone interested in women in film, film-making, and working in this industry.

When I put the book down I felt like I had spent two days at a retreat with a big, wonderful group of women filmmakers who deeply care about each other, and who really want to help support each others' careers.

It is easy to read, and phenomenally rich in information and wisdom. A priceless book that should be included in the curriculum of every film school around the world. “Shooting Women” belongs on the bookshelf of anyone interested in film-making or women in film."
— Maria Giese, Writer/Director, "Hunger" on November 4, 2016

"One of the most important books I have read in years. I have been a devoted fan of Alexis' book 'Women Behind the Camera, Conversations with Camerawomen.' This new book takes that research and expands it to the global level to let us know how hard it has been for women around the world to break into technical fields. Film is often pushed out of formal STEM conversations in education, this book brings to light that women in film have the same struggles as those in engineering and computer science. In some cases the US film industry has lagged far behind other industries remaining almost unaffected by the feminist movements of the 1970s. I encourage union leaders who have seen recently tough years of scrutiny to study this text to understand why the marginalization of one population in their ranks is leading to their own dis-empowerment.

The work of these authors is so important to the discussion of how we move forward, how we heal from past wounds and how we provide women the equal opportunities. Twenty-five years ago when I entered the film industry these stories were not easily shared. Though small, this book is its own revolution. Read it."
— Monique Anair on August 31, 2016 (5 Stars on Amazon.com)

"Important book on gender studies. This book may be about women cinematographers but the resonance is far wider. it is a great study about women professionals regardless of the choice of career."
— Priya Rao on August 7, 2016 (5 Stars on Amazon.com)

"For any young woman contemplating a career in film production… this book will help to provide a clear-eyed view of what that career may look like."
Cynthia Close, Women Who Shoot: More Cinematography Opportunities in Docs. "Documentary" magazine, Fall 2016
http://www.documentary.org/column/women-who-shoot-more-cinematography-opportunities-docs

 

 

Women Behind the Camera: Conversations with Camerawomen

By Alexis Krasilovsky.
Praeger Paperback. 1997. 248 pages. Published by www.greenwood.com.
Available at Amazon.

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"A fascinating book for anyone, female or male, who contemplates making a career in cinematography. It offers a great wealth of insights, evaluating the rewards and the sacrifices which are facing people behind the camera in their professional and personal lives. It opens for the reader a world of strong, courageous women who are possessed by the love of film."
Kris Malkiewicz, author, cinematographer, faculty, California Institute of the Arts

"A vital addition to the nascent film literature regarding the participation on women in the filmmaking process. Krasilovsky is a major contributor to a long neglected but most important segment of serious commentary on our industry and art form."
— Eric Sherman, producer, author, faculty. Art Center College of Design

"[A] significant contribution-the kind of book that women entering film school should have to read. So should their teachers—and so should people in the industry."
— Dr. Charles Musser, Director, Film Studies Program, Yale University

"All of the interviews are deeply engaging and well presented."
— J. Tharp, University of Wisconsin Centers

"For Choice: Krasilovsky's research is extensive and wide-ranging."
— Prof. Suzanne Regan, Cal State L.A.

"Krasilovsky, a professor at California State University, Northridge, has written an excellent book... Recommended for all serious collections on cinema studies, and for women's studies programs as well."
— Wheeler Winston Dixon, Film Quarterly

 

Some Women Writers Kill Themselves And Other Poems

A Street Agency Publication: Los Angeles, 1983,1985.

 

Some Women Writers Kill Themselves and Other Poems

Some Men

A Street Agency Publication: Los Angeles, 1986.

Some Men book cover

Abuse of Privacy

A Street Agency Publication: Los Angeles, 1990.

Abuse Of Privacy book cover