Our documentary uses an extraordinary graphic record–highly unorthodox yearbook photos of some 370 young women–as an evocative window looking back on the journey of a generation reluctant to grow up.
If their parents were the Greatest Generation, these women, the point of the spear of modern feminism, were perhaps the Loudest. From pleated skirts and circle pins to rebellion and transformation: they changed the world, at least in their fevered dreams, and the world changed them.
They caught the joyful wave of the ’60s, were thrilled and then rolled by it, came up spitting sand but still ready for new roles, new relationships, new challenges, including, today, the daunting passage into old age.
Our film, advised by distinguished historians and social scientists, focuses intimately on these ordinary lives made extraordinary by the tumultuous times in which they lived.
Our lens is a group of Skidmore College classmates and their highly original, unbound, loose-leaf “YearBOX”–hence the movie’s title–catalyzed by collaboration with a sexy outside photographer.
Now, many are turning 65, hearing the clock tick louder, ruminating on their heartaches and triumphs, evaluating their legacy.
Revisiting this visual theater, the “Yearbox,” the women present themselves to the camera, present tense. They look back and ahead. Their observations inform our thinking, about those currents from the ’60’s that still buffet our lives and about the New Old Age as experienced by Boomers.