WEEK IN WOMEN: Laura Poitras’ ALL THE BEAUTY AND THE BLOODSHED is NYFF’s Centerpiece – Brandy McDonnell reports

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In her urgent new documentary from Participant, Laura Poitras weaves two narratives: the fabled life and career of era-defining artist Nan Goldin and the downfall of the Sackler family, the pharmaceutical dynasty Goldin personally took on in her fight to hold accountable those responsible for the deadly opioid epidemic.

All the Beauty and the Bloodshed premiered at the 79th Venice International Film Festival, where it won the top prize, the Golden Lion. HBO Documentary Films acquired U.S. television and streaming rights to Poitras’ latest film ahead of its North American premiere at the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival.

The film has its US premiere as the centerpiece for the 2022 New York Film Festival, held from September 30 to October 16.

“I am thrilled to be part of the New York Film Festival with Nan,” Poitras said in a statement. “Her art and activism are deeply rooted in this city. It is an honor to return to the festival, and to do this with Nan is so meaningful.”

Goldin was tapped to design the 60th New York Film Festival poster, according to a news release. Continue reading on THE WEEK IN WOMEN

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Brandy McDonnell

Brandy McDonnell writes features and reviews movies, music, events and the arts for The Oklahoman, Oklahoma's statewide newspaper, and NewsOK.com, the state's largest news Web site. Raised on a farm near Lindsay, Okla., she started her journalism career in seventh grade, when she was elected reporter for her school's 4-H Club. Taking her duties seriously, she began submitting stories to The Lindsay News, and worked for the local weekly through high school. She attended Oklahoma State University, where she worked for The Daily O'Collegian and earned her journalism degree with honors. She worked for three years at small Oklahoma dailies The Edmond Sun and Shawnee News-Star. In 2002, she joined The Oklahoman as a features reporter, writing about movies, the arts, events, families and nonprofits. She moved to The Oklahoman's entertainment desk in 2007. In 2004, she won a prestigious Journalism Fellowship in Child & Family Policy from the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Along with her membership in AWFJ, she also is a founding member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle. Brandy writes The Week In Women blog for AWFJ.org.