Beauty Mark

Directors: Carla Precht, Kathleen Man
Running time: 50’ - USA, 2008

Director’s Bio
 

Carla Precht was Diane Israel's neighbor growing up in Scarsdale, NY. She has spent the last 30 years running New York City educational, advocacy and social service programs and agencies that primarily served low-income families and children. Carla's passion for equality and justice, and her love of art, has propelled her into the world of film.

Kathleen Man is an independent filmmaker whose films have shown in festivals around the world. She received her B.A. in Film Studies from Yale and her M.F.A. in Film/Video Production from the University of Iowa. Kathleen is a professor in the film department at Vassar College, where she teaches narrative and documentary filmmaking.



Contact Directors
 
Carla Precht
E-mail: c.p@verizon.net Kathleen Mann

E-mail: kaman@vassar.edu


Festival-Screenings - Awards
 
2009

National Council of Jewish Women's Annual Women's Film Festival

2008

PSBT Open Frame International Film Festival & Forum, New Delhi, India

2008

Estes Park Film Festival

2008 Moondance International Film Festival
2008

Boulder International Film Festival

2008

Audience Choice Award | Estes Park Film Festival

2008

Audience Choice Award | Moondance International Film Festival



Filmography
Carla Precht
2008 Beauty Mark
   
Kathleen Man
2009

Walk the Fish

2009 Lychee Thieves
2008 Beauty Mark
2006 Sita, a Girl from Jambu
2002 L'entretien

Directors: Carla Precht, Kathleen Man

 

Executive Producer:  Diane Israel

 

Producer: Carla Precht, Diane Israel

 

Editor: Kathleen Man, Daniel Brothers

 

Cinematographer: Edgar Boyles, Tim Fenoglio, Kathleen Man, Stephanie Martin, Kevin McLaughlin, Tarina Reed, Roger Sherman, Justin Whiteman

 

Sound Editor, Mixer: Patrick Selvage

 

Original Music: Jaime Smith

 


Synopsis
 

How do our families influence our relationship with our own bodies? How do American pop culture's standards of beauty get inside our hearts and heads? In what ways can sport and the drive for fitness actually make us sick rather than healthy?

In this courageous, deeply personal new film, Diane Israel examines American culture's toxic emphasis on thinness, beauty  and physical perfection. Israel, a Boulder-based psychotherapist and former champion triathlete, talks candidly about her own struggle with eating disorders and obsessive exercising, fearlessly confronting her own painful past as she tries to come to terms with American culture's unhealthy fixation on self-destructive ideals of beauty and competitiveness.



World sales
 
Alex Peterson
Media Education Foundation
60 Masonic Street
Northampton, MA 01060
U.S.A.
Tel: 00 + 1 + 413.584.8500 x2205
E-mail: alex@mediaed.org


Director’s Statement
 

Frustrated and exhausted by our culture's fixation with thinness and external beauty, I set out on a mission to understand this mania. After years of being a very driven and compulsive athlete, this became my new obsession. I wondered what our world would be like if all the energy and time we spent seeking fulfillment outside ourselves was turned toward helping others. Were there others who felt the way I did? With the guidance and support of my childhood neighbor, Carla Precht (who became my Co-Director), and other crew members, I was forced to see that I had to be willing to tell my own story if anyone would believe our film. I never imagined that my life would become a central thread to this story. With this film I hope to encourage each of you to ask yourself "what is my unique beauty?" I am learning that when we begin to live our own Uniqueness, that is Beauty Mark!