Beauty Mark

Directors: Carla Precht, Kathleen Man
Running time: 50’ - USA, 2008

Director’s Bio

Carla Precht was Diane Israel's neighbor growing up in Scarsdale, NY. She has spent the last 30 years running New York City educational, advocacy and social service programs and agencies that primarily served low-income families and children. Carla's passion for equality and justice, and her love of art, has propelled her into the world of film.

Kathleen Man is an independent filmmaker whose films have shown in festivals around the world. She received her B.A. in Film Studies from Yale and her M.F.A. in Film/Video Production from the University of Iowa. Kathleen is a professor in the film department at Vassar College, where she teaches narrative and documentary filmmaking.

Contact Directors
Carla Precht
E-mail: Kathleen Mann


Festival-Screenings - Awards

National Council of Jewish Women's Annual Women's Film Festival


PSBT Open Frame International Film Festival & Forum, New Delhi, India


Estes Park Film Festival

2008 Moondance International Film Festival

Boulder International Film Festival


Audience Choice Award | Estes Park Film Festival


Audience Choice Award | Moondance International Film Festival

Carla Precht
2008 Beauty Mark
Kathleen Man

Walk the Fish

2009 Lychee Thieves
2008 Beauty Mark
2006 Sita, a Girl from Jambu
2002 L'entretien

Directors: Carla Precht, Kathleen Man


Executive Producer:  Diane Israel


Producer: Carla Precht, Diane Israel


Editor: Kathleen Man, Daniel Brothers


Cinematographer: Edgar Boyles, Tim Fenoglio, Kathleen Man, Stephanie Martin, Kevin McLaughlin, Tarina Reed, Roger Sherman, Justin Whiteman


Sound Editor, Mixer: Patrick Selvage


Original Music: Jaime Smith



How do our families influence our relationship with our own bodies? How do American pop culture's standards of beauty get inside our hearts and heads? In what ways can sport and the drive for fitness actually make us sick rather than healthy?

In this courageous, deeply personal new film, Diane Israel examines American culture's toxic emphasis on thinness, beauty  and physical perfection. Israel, a Boulder-based psychotherapist and former champion triathlete, talks candidly about her own struggle with eating disorders and obsessive exercising, fearlessly confronting her own painful past as she tries to come to terms with American culture's unhealthy fixation on self-destructive ideals of beauty and competitiveness.

World sales
Alex Peterson
Media Education Foundation
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Director’s Statement

Frustrated and exhausted by our culture's fixation with thinness and external beauty, I set out on a mission to understand this mania. After years of being a very driven and compulsive athlete, this became my new obsession. I wondered what our world would be like if all the energy and time we spent seeking fulfillment outside ourselves was turned toward helping others. Were there others who felt the way I did? With the guidance and support of my childhood neighbor, Carla Precht (who became my Co-Director), and other crew members, I was forced to see that I had to be willing to tell my own story if anyone would believe our film. I never imagined that my life would become a central thread to this story. With this film I hope to encourage each of you to ask yourself "what is my unique beauty?" I am learning that when we begin to live our own Uniqueness, that is Beauty Mark!