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From the Fanlight Collection
Directed by Carol Tizzano
PicturePerfect Productions
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The DVD of this program is a new, chaptered version, copyright 2007.

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 womenís 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.

"One of the best videos Iíve seen on how girls and women are represented and influenced by popular media. Itís 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 wonít experience the same consequences." — Ranny Levy, Coalition for Childrenís 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 womenís 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

Media Award, National Association for Multicultural Education
Chris Award, Columbus International Film Festival
Western Psychological Association

40 minutes / color
Release: 2007
Copyright: 2002
Sale: $248

Study Guide Available in Adobe PDF Format

Subject areas:
Adolescence, Body Image / Obesity / Eating Disorders, Fanlight Collection, High School Use, Media Studies, Psychology, Social Work, US & Canadian Broadcast Rights, Women's Health Issues

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