OLIVER SACKS: HIS OWN LIFE -Review by Liz Braun

Oliver Sacks: His Own Life is an engaging and moving account of a truly extraordinary life. And you need know nothing about the revered British neurologist and prolific author to be completely engaged by Ric Burns’ fine documentary. It does seem safe to predict a sudden increase in sales of Sacks’ books after the documentary is released.

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JIMMY CARTER: ROCK & ROLL PRESIDENT – Review by Sarah Ward

In friendly, thoughtful and candid chats filmed in his Plains home, Jimmy Carter shares his fondness for gospel music, his respect of jazz, and his love of Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson and The Allman Brothers. Also fueling the feature: his memories of his childhood, political career and the friendships forged with the aforementioned performers that have lasted decades.

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK July 17, 2020: JOHN LEWIS – GOOD TROUBLE

“It’s because of you, John.” That was the short, powerful note that President Barack Obama wrote to Congressman John Lewis on Obama’s first inauguration day, and director Dawn Porter’s moving documentary John Lewis: Good Trouble shows us exactly how right the president was. The film chronicles the highs and lows of Lewis’ life and career, set into the political and historical context of the 1960s to the present day.

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Dawn Porter on JOHN LEWIS: GOOD TROUBLE – Leslie Combemale interviews

For John Lewis: Good Trouble, documentarian Dawn Porter followed the Georgia congressman for over a year. The result is a film that centers on the power of personal conviction, and the importance for individuals to take a stand. In our interview, Porter spoke about why John Lewis is both an icon and a real, thinking man of both his time, and for all time.

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JOHN LEWIS: GOOD TROUBLE – Review by Loren King

One couldn’t pick a more appropriate film for this moment in history than John Lewis: Good Trouble. The 80 year-old civil rights leader and US Congressman’s life has spanned the Jim Crow south to the halls of power. Dawn Porter’s documentary doesn’t do anything fancy and it doesn’t need to; Lewis’s personal story and the historical footage speak volumes.

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JOHN LEWIS: GOOD TROUBLE – Review by Susan Wloszczyna

Dawn Porter’s documentary John Lewis: Good Trouble is a stirring tribute to the 80-year-old civil rights hero and Georgia Democratic U.S. representative who eschewed violence while putting his own life on the line during protests in the early ‘60s. The documentary is also a clarion call to warn us that our election this fall, even before coronavirus came into our lives, is in danger of being compromised.

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SUZI Q – Review by Sarah Ward

Australia-based filmmaker Liam Firmager chronicles Suzi Quatro’s life with a wealth of archival clips from her girl band beginnings to Happy Days and on camera commentaries by a roster of star rockers, but what makes Suzi Qso special is Quatro’s frequent presence in present-day on-camera interviews. Quatro on Quatro is always something special.

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BOTERO – Review by Lois Alter Mark

Botero – or, more appropriately, BOTERO, in homage to the artist’s scale – is a love letter to Fernando Botero, oft referred to as “the guy who paints fat ladies.” His bold, larger-than-life style is immediately recognizable and has given him the distinction of being the living artist with the most museum exhibits, most books published about him, greatest international appeal and largest number of people visiting his exhibits.

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Amy Goldstein and Anouchka van Riel on KATE NASH: UNDERESTIMATE THE GIRL- Betsy Bozdech interviews

Since graduating from NYU film school, Amy Goldstein has spent her career behind the camera directing everything from music videos to critically acclaimed shorts and award-winning features. Her most recent project is a documentary that tracks the roller coaster career of British rocker Kate Nash, who first shot to fame in the MySpace era and now co-stars on Netflix’s hit series GLOW.

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