Jan Lisa Huttner 93 posts
Jan Lisa Huttner is a Brooklyn-based arts critic & feminist activist. She is the creative force behind the SWAN Movement—Support Women Artists Now—which has just begun its third phase as International SWANs® (aka iSWANs). In the Jewish world, Jan is best known as the author of two books on Fiddler on the Roof—Tevye’s Daughters and Diamond Fiddler—both of which flow from a strongly feminist POV. She also served as both story consultant and “talking head” on the award-winning documentary Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles.

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Travel to The Pale with Pearl Gluck in Search of Family History

Today’s SWAN-of-the-Day is filmmaker Pearl Gluck, one of the first Jewish women to give outsiders a peek inside Ashkenazi Orthodoxy. Although we have many opportunities now – especially in streaming series like Shtisel and Unorthodox – Pearl was a courageous trail blazer.

The following is adapted from the review I wrote of her film Divan for the September 2005 issue of the World Jewish Digest:

Pearl Gluck comes from a large Hasidic family based in the Borough Park neighborhood of Brooklyn.… read more.

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My Gift to Babs: My Abiding Love for YENTL

April 24, 2022: Today is Barbra Streisand’s 80th Birthday and I have something very special to share.

From “Tzivi’s March ’09 Spotlight” in Chicago’s JUF News

Barbra Streisand’s Yentl has just been re-released in a brand new 25th anniversary DVD box set. Although much maligned over the years, Yentl is a great and heartfelt work of cinematic art, and I urge you all to watch it again with fresh eyes in celebration of Women’s History Month.… read more.

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Join FF2 in Celebrating the 15th Annual SWAN Day!

Hello, Cyberspace. I’m Jan Lisa Huttner, the “mastermind” behind the SWAN concept.

Today is the last Saturday of March, and I am thrilled to be celebrating 15 years of continuous SWAN Day programming with all of you – ensuring that Women’s History Month ends once again this year with a tribute to women artists regardless of mode and media.… read more.

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The Power of the Dog? Join the International Women’s Day Q&A

Headlines everywhere and foul text like this in prestige publications like Variety:

“Sam Elliott railed against Jane Campion’s The Power of the Dog during his visit to Marc Maron’s WTF podcast. Campion’s drama is nominated for 12 Oscars, more than any film this year. Benedict Cumberbatch stars as a sadistic rancher who makes life hell for his new sister-in-law and her son in 1925 Montana.… read more.

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Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of “Lady Sings the Blues”

LIMITED RELEASE IN THEATERS TWO DAYS ONLY

FEBRUARY 20th (Sunday) &  FEBRUARY 23rd (Wednesday)

TCM Big Screen Classics Presents

Lady Sings the Blues 50th Anniversary

Celebrating 50 years, Lady Sings the Blues celebrates the essence of Billie Holiday, one of America’s most loved and memorable blues singers, and was captured brilliantly in a tour-de-force debut performance by singer Diana Ross.

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Spend 2022 in Renaissance Opulence with Olga Suvorova

This holiday season, we’re excited to introduce Pomegranate, a publishing and printing company that offers its customers “art you can bring home.” In celebration of Pomegranate’s commitment to inclusivity, we’re proud to spotlight some of the brilliant women artists in their catalogue. Read more about Pomegranate below. read more.

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