The genesis of this film is watching the faces of women putting on their makeup on the subway. Isn’t it fascinating? For two dollars and change, you see faces transformed by foundation, blush, lipstick, mascara. . . Women conceal and create while the men reveal. So we’re really examining transformation, femininity, performance art, gender, the culture of the subway, cosmetics, subterranean grooming, the art of concealment, uncovering the man underneath a beard, the pursuit of beauty, and artifice. And sometimes, well, sometimes lipstick is just lipstick.
What You Should Know includes a diaspora of women, many from Inwood and Washington Heights in upper Manhattan, and showcases the diversity and strength of women in our New York City. These women are Puerto Rican, Dominican, Mexican, Cuban, Spanish, Korean, South Asian, Irish, African-American, White, Jewish, Episcopalian, Christian, and Muslim. They are breast cancer survivors, teenagers, and women with disabilities. They are straight, gay, transgender, and bisexual. They are mothers and daughters, grandmothers, sisters, women who work and women who work together. And when you go against them. . .