As someone who came of age at the tail-end of the second wave of feminism, the documentary film “She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry” has a special resonance for me. Featuring interviews with women who were involved in the movement and stirring archival footage, often featuring those same women, the film takes us back to a time (not that long ago) when equal rights for women was a radical idea.
The antiwar, civil rights, and free speech movements were at their peak in the 1960’s and ‘70’s, but while the male activists formulated policy and held press conferences, the women found themselves relegated to sealing envelopes and making coffee. With an evolving understanding that female disempowerment is systemic and institutional, women within those movements began rising up to claim their rightful place alongside the men. For many of the men, though, this new liberation movement hit too close to home. In one scene, shocking by today’s more enlightened standards, Marilyn Webb bravely advocates for women’s equality before a gathering of hundreds of “New Left” men, only to be ridiculed, cat-called, shouted down, and even threatened with rape. Read the rest of this entry
“Searching for Sugar Man” is a fascinating documentary about a great American singer of whom you have most likely never heard, unless, of course, you have seen this movie. It is one of the best documentaries of 2012.
While the film was just released on home video, and is available as a DVD by mail from Netflix, it continues its run at City Cinemas Village East Cinema, at 181 Second Avenue, where it has been for at least the past few months. Although it is playing on one of the theatre’s small, downstairs auditoriums, on a small screen, “Searching for Sugar Man” proved to be a revelation for me and the fewer than 10 other patrons who showed up for the first show this past Saturday. Read the rest of this entry
“It’s what everyone asks us when we’re home for the holidays, ‘What do you do?’” director Chris Kenneally explained to me regarding his former job as a post production supervisor of feature films. Kenneally’s extensive knowledge of the post production process has brought him to his new position as documentary filmmaker with a documentary largely about (what else?) post production. “Side By Side” is a film that unveils at least some of the mystery behind the post production process (what happens after a movie has been shot), as well as the production process (the actual shooting of a movie) of feature filmmaking. Most important, Kenneally makes the production and post production processes, and the changes that they are now under going, interesting and accessible for those not involved in post production (most likely the majority who will see “Side By Side.”)
“We hoped that we could make something that’s not just educational but that’s entertaining. We want people to be engaged and enjoy themselves while they’re watching it,” Kenneally told me during a recent telephone conversation. Read the rest of this entry