Review by Jeffrey Wells
The documentary “What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael” profiles The New Yorker’s iconic film critic. Director Rob Graver unearths rare archival footage of Kael and skillfully interweaves classic film clips with quotes from her spiky articles read by Sarah Jessica Parker. The film premieres at the DOC NYC festival, followed by a panel of critics discussing her legacy.
DOC NYC premiere on November 11th, followed by an extended conversation with director Rob Garver, film critics David Edelstein (New York magazine), Stephanie Zacharek (TIME) and Eric Kohn (IndieWire), and guest moderator Annette Insdorf, Columbia University Film Professor.
How do you sell a documentary? Watch and learn as five preselected up-and-coming nonfiction filmmakers pitch their ideas before a live audience and a group of eminent documentarians.
Some of you might know that we launched a Kickstarter Campaign to raise finishing funds for the film. Since it went online, the campaign has garnered a bunch of great press, including pieces in the New Yorker, Pauline’s former home, and the Huffington Post.
Besides that, here’s a nice mention from Film Pulse, another from The Film Stage, and from Sound on Sight which says: “We’re huge fans of the Roget Ebert documentary Life Itself, but now we could be getting a movie based on the life of a critic who inspired even him.”
Much good news!