WEEK IN WOMEN: Nancy Savoca’s DOGFIGHT releases on Criterion Collection – Brandy McDonnell reports

Nancy Savoca’s 1991 coming-of-age drama Dogfight, starring Lili Taylor and the late River Phoenix (1970-1993), will be released on April 30 through The Criterion Collection. Written by Bob Comfort (1940-2010), the film is set in 1963 and stars Phoenix as Eddie, a hotheaded young Marine on his way to fight in the war in Vietnam. On leave for 24 hours in San Francisco before shipping out, he and three of his buddies plan on attending a “dogfight,” a cruelly misogynistic party where Marines compete to bring the ugliest date, unbeknownst to the girls.

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JOAN BAEZ I AM A NOISE (SXSW2023) – Review by Diane Carson

Assured by Joan Baez that she committed to taking an unflinching look at her life, the good and the bad, directors Karen O’Connor and Miri Navasky began work on the documentary Joan Baez I Am a Noise. What they then discovered astonished them and Baez: a storage room holding home movies, photos, diaries, artwork, letters, and audio recordings. Wanting to leave an honest legacy, Baez gave O’Connor and Navasky permission to tear into the hundreds of hours chronicling Baez’s unexplored, previously hidden life. Complementing judicious selections from all that, backstage and on stage footage juxtaposes Baez, in her 70s, performing on her magnificent farewell tour.

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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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