SEARCH TIPS

Adolescence

Aging & Gerontology

AIDS & HIV

Alzheimer's Caregiving

Body Image

Brain Disorders

Cancer

Chronic Illness

Cross-Cultural Care

Death & Dying

Disabilities

Ethics

Family Issues

Gender & Sexuality

Genetics

Global Health

Grief & Recovery

Homelessness

Maternal & Child Health

Mental Health & Psychology

Nursing

Obesity

Pain Management

Sexual Abuse/Violence

Substance Abuse

Suicide/Self Injury

Women's Health


Contact Fanlight

Join Email List

Requests for
Digital Rights

Follow Us! On...
Twitter







photo PicturePerfect
By Carol Tizzano
PicturePerfect Productions

We are barraged by media images that unrealistically glamorize and sexualize women and girls. This lively and engaging film explores the impact these messages have on young women’s physical, psychological and emotional health. Through the voices of a racially and culturally diverse group of women and girls, PicturePerfect examines the interplay of race and ethnicity, body image, dieting and eating disorders, and the early influence of toys and cartoons. It offers tools to begin dissecting and questioning the media that influence our behaviors, attitudes, and values.

The contrasts between how these women see themselves and the highly idealized imagery that dominates TV and print advertising are particularly stark. Yet their comments also reveal the conflicting responses we have to the media and consumer culture — how we participate in and resist it at the same time. Suitable for a wide range of ages and audiences, PicturePerfect is an outstanding discussion starter, and will be an invaluable educational tool for families, as well as for schools, universities, social service agencies, scouting and other youth groups, religious organizations, and others.

Producer Carol Tizzano is available to speak at screenings of PicturePerfect, and offers consultation and presentations on a wide range of media topics for adults and young people. Contact her through PicturePerfect Productions.

40 minutes
© 2007
Purchase $248.00 DVD
Order No. QA-470
ISBN (DVD) 1-57295-896-0

Reviews
One of the best videos I’ve seen on how girls and women are represented and influenced by popular media. It’s like listening in on what these very real but especially insightful girls and women have to say about our current culture and values. Tamar Sobel, Girls, Women + Media Project

Exactly the sort of video we were looking for. One gets the sense that these young women feel betrayed, misled, and deceived by media role models, and that they want to tell their stories so that others won’t experience the same consequences. Ranny Levy, Coalition for Children’s Quality Media

The perfect stimulant for thought and conversation. The search for unobtainable perfection that accompanies growing up female in the U.S. is a serious problem. PicturePerfect provides an opportunity to begin addressing that problem. Terry Burant, Rethinking Schools

Tizzano gives us the tools to dissect and question the media that parade these idealized women’s bodies before us, causing harm to real women (and men) in the process. Cinematheque at the Cleveland Institute of Art

"A thoughtful documentary that addresses the inner conflicts many women deal with and a fine discussion starter, which offers important encouragement towards greater media literacy. Recommended. Three stars." Video Librarian

Awards & Conference Screenings
Media Award, National Association for Multicultural Education
Chris Award, Columbus International Film Festival
Western Psychological Association

Related Films
Fat Chance: Yuka, almost 200 pounds and fast approaching fifty, decides the time has come to lose weight in hopes of becoming healthier and happier.

The Clitoris: A close look at that part of the female anatomy that exists purely for pleasure, and how this highly sensitive organ has long been ignored or misunderstood in the medical literature.

Inside/Out: Toni struggled all her life to feel good about her appearance. At 61, she had finally come to peace with that issue when she suddenly contracted a disease that left half of her face paralyzed. Now she is on a different journey, an internal one, to explore the question of what role physical appearance plays in her self-perception and feelings of self worth?

Let's Face It: A touching and intimate glimpse into the self-explorations of several women in their 40's, 50's, and 60's. As they face the natural reality of aging, they reflect on the impact that physical changes have not only on their bodies, but also on their attitudes about themselves, and on the way they are perceived by society.

Her Name Is Zelda: An intimate, sometimes troubling, portrait of life, aging, and womanhood, through the lively exploits of 85-year-old Zelda Kaplan — Manhattan's oldest party animal since Disco Sally. A dancer, social butterfly, model, and humanitarian, Zelda takes life by storm, redefining what it means to be “old” in the process.

Beauty In Aging: From a group of friends who share their experiences of normal aging, to a woman stricken with facial paralysis, to nursing home beauty contestants, to an 85-year-old social butterfly and humanitarian, this program, compiled from excerpts from four videos, allows women to speak for themselves about the transitions of aging.

Inside Out: Bulimia can affect women and men from all walks of life, and it kills nearly 20 percent of its victims every year. This moving documentary profiles individuals and families affected by this eating disorder.

Shadows and Lies: This powerful and honest documentary profiles four women who are working themselves free from the deadly grip of eating disorders, and from the overwhelming physical and psychological complications associated with these deadly diseases.


Reviews

Awards & Screenings

Related Films

Study Guide

Web Resources


bar


Click on a purchase option to add it to your cart.

  PicturePerfect DVD Purchase, $248.00
  PicturePerfect, One-Day DVD Rental, $60.00

 

View Shopping Cart

If ordering from outside the United States, please fax (718) 488-8642 or email Fanlight to inquire about availability.
International Order Policy