Film Projects

There are a number of wonderful movies and short films about laundry. Laundry blowing quietly in the breeze is a timeless and organic expression of the quotidian mysteries.

Drying for Freedom

Drying for Freedom poster


“… Proud voices, angry voices, sheepish, humorous, wistful, and bitter voices express layers of feelings and experience that will be a revelation to both men and women.” –The New York Times

“‘Clotheslines’ is one of the best films about women ever made.” –Vic Skolnick, American Independent Series

With verve and humor, this film shows the love/hate relationship that women have with the task of cleaning the family’s clothes. As we see the clothes flapping in the wind and hear the voices – some proud, some angry, some wistful – we realize that doing laundry calls forth deep feelings about one’s role in life. Some remember when their mothers and grandmothers tackled the same chores using washtubs and washboards, or even river streams. This engaging film pays homage to the commonality of women’s experience.

Film by Roberta Cantow
Produced by Roberta Cantow
Cinematographer: Roberta Cantow
Sound: Mary Dunn
Editing: Roberta Cantow
Copyright: a Buffalo Rose Production 1981 Roberta Cantow
32 minutes, Color
Original format: Film: 16mm, 1981
Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival, 1989
San Francisco Film Festival, 1983
London International Film Festival, 1983
For academic or institutional Use or Sale: Video $195. Rental Video $55. Contact: Filmmakers Library, 24 East 40th Street, NY, NY 10016. Phone 212-808-4980, fax 212-808-4983.View the full film at,307.

Laundry Racks & Lines

20a film by Ann Johnston Miller

14 min.