Filmography

Produced and Directed by Jan Krawitz

psPerfect Strangers

(69:00, 2013)
Perfect Strangers tells the story of two unique and engaging characters. One is Ellie, who embarks on an unpredictable journey of twists and turns, determined to give away one of her kidneys. Five hundred miles away, Kathy endures nightly dialysis and loses hope of receiving a transplant until Ellie reads her profile on an online website. Perfect Strangers raises questions about what motivates an individual towards an extreme act of compassion.

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psBig Enough

(53:00, 2004)
In this intimate portrait, several dwarfs who appeared in Jan Krawitz and Thomas Ott’s 1982 film Little People welcome the camera into their lives once again. They confront physical and emotional challenges with humor, grace, and sometimes, frustration. The film provides a unique perspective on a proud and active community that many people know only from cultural stereotypes.

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psIn Harm’s Way

(27:00, 1996)
This personal memoir explores assumptions about fear, safety, and control that were instilled in children growing up in the late 1950’s. The filmmaker’s adult experience as a victim of anonymous sexual violence prompts her to revisit the fragile myths of childhood.

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psMirror Mirror

(17:00, 1990)
Provocatively explores the relationship between a woman’s body image and the quest for an idealized female form. Blending humor and candor, the film illuminates the vagaries in the concept of an “ideal” body.

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psDrive-in Blues

(28:00, 1986)
Celebrates the drive-in movie and laments its decline. Laced with unusual archival footage the tone of the film swings between camp and nostalgia.

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psLittle People

(58:00, 1984)
Depicts the changes in attitude occurring among dwarfs as they struggle towards equal opportunity and enhanced self-esteem. The film provides insight into the dwarf experience and offers a unique and sometimes disturbing perspective on the average-sized world.

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psP.M.

(7:00, 1980)
A cinematic essay depicting the quiet dismissal of those who are no longer able to keep up with the relentless pace of consumer society — the aged.
 
 
 

psCotton Candy and Elephant Stuff

(29:00, 1979)
The arduous lifestyle of a travelling tent circus often contradicts the romantic notion of “running away with a circus”. This film captures the magic and the routine of circus life.

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psStyx

(10:00, 1976)
A visual essay about the subterranean world of a metropolitan subway system. Joining an anonymous mass of commuters, the camera embarks on a journey across a decaying cityscape.

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