Christine Noschese’s award winning documentary and narrative films reflect her working class background and feminist perspective.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Noschese became involved in urban issues facing her community. In Christine's first film, Women of Northside Fight Back, she along with Marisa Gioffre and Valerie Bouvier documented women activists as they fought against the demolition of their housing for the expansion of a paperbox factory in Northside, Brooklyn. Women of Northside Fight Back was selected to be part of the Women’s Video Festival in New York and screenings abroad. After working on this film, she began working with women in the community and helped found the National Congress of Neighborhood Women, a grassroots women's organization, where she was the director for five years. During this time, Christine created more than sixty hours of video work, including Working-Class Women Changing Their World. The work is archived in the Sofia Smith Collection at Smith College and the National Congress of Neighborhood Women Records.
Her first fictional film, Mary Therese, a comedy about three generations of Italian American women on a wedding day, was awarded a New York Foundation of the Arts fellowship and a grant from the New York State Council of the Arts.
Christine's film, Metropolitan Avenue, a documentary feature, is about creating community, the changing roles of women and how powerful ordinary people can be when they join together across ethnic and racial barriers to fight for something they believe in.
The film was critically acclaimed. The New York Times: “If the definition of a good story is that it dwells on an individual and emerges with a universal, then Metropolitan Avenue …fits the bill.” The Los Angeles Times: “Metropolitan Ave is as frank and robust and unafraid and wonderful as the handful of women who are its ‘stars.’" Studs
Terkel "Deeply moving and singularly hopeful. I wish it could be seen by all who live in American communities today.” Metropolitan Avenue was broadcast on PBS' P.O.V. and Channel 4 Great Britain. It premiered theatrically at the Film Forum in New York and Laemmle Monica in Los Angeles. It screened both locally and at festivals in the United States and abroad, including Festival Dei Populi in Rome, the Leipzig International Film Festival, where it received the Jury Award for Best Documentary and the Manheim Film Festival in Germany. It received the John Grierson Award for best documentary.
The John T. & Catherine D. MacArthur Foundation distributed more than 2,000 copies to libraries throughout the US.
Christine attended the American Film Institute Center for Film and Television Studies as a Directing Fellow so she could focus on narrative film. She directed three 25 minute short videos. After leaving AFI, she came back to New York to write, direct and produce June Roses, a semi-autobiographical short film which portrays her mother and their Italian American working-class family in 1950's Brooklyn. It focuses on women’s inability to follow their ambitions in that era. She received grants from the American Film Institute Independent Filmmakers Program and the Women in Film and Television Foundation to produce this film. June Roses premiered at the Museum of Modern Art in New York for New Directors/New Films. While teaching full time, she produced and directed educational videos for non-profits and unions. Christine expanded her autobiographical short, June Roses with the same actors from the 1950's film to continue playing their characters into a new decade, the 1960’s. She produced and directed Keep On Steppin’, which focuses on a dance company founded in Harlem with women aged 65-86. The film won Best Short at the Newburyport Documentary Film Festival and was screened at HBO and BET’s Urban Focus Film Festival and selected for numerous festivals in the U. S. and abroad. Christine has been teaching film production, screenwriting, directing and documentary at Hofstra University for the past 16 years. She was the graduate director of the MFA program in Documentary Studies and Production.
She continued working on her autobiographical story, creating a blend of documentary and fiction into her feature film, Brooklyn Roses, to re-examine her childhood and her mother’s feminist struggles. Brooklyn Roses, recently completed, has been awarded Best Documentary Feature at film festivals including International Fic Auteur in Guadalajara, Gulf of Naples Independent Film Festival and the Art of Brooklyn festival. Christine formed her company, Crosby Street Productions LLC, to produce, distribute and create film, theatre, and other media projects.