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Calendar, Night&Day She's Funny

She's Funny

Opening with a close-up of the crow's feet around its subject's eyes and expanding to reveal her Botox-frozen upper lip, the documentary-portrait Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work celebrates Saint Joan the Resilient, Showbiz Survivor. Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work</i>

Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work

Opening with a close-up of the crow's feet around its subject's eyes and expanding to reveal her Botox-frozen upper lip, the documentary-portrait Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work celebrates Saint Joan the Resilient, Showbiz Survivor. Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg…
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Film, "Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work" &#151; getting old isn't for sissies

"Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work" — getting old isn't for sissies

Opening with a close-up of the crow's feet around its subject's eyes and expanding to reveal her Botox-frozen upper lip, the documentary-portrait Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work celebrates Saint Joan the Resilient, Showbiz Survivor. Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg…
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Film, The Joan Rivers show: More than just a vulgar broad in a makeup mask

The Joan Rivers show: More than just a vulgar broad in a makeup mask

Everyone thinks they know Joan Rivers. And they do. They know part of her persona and her performances, but they don't know Joan Rivers." Filmmaker Ricki Stern is talking about the documentary she directed with Annie Sundberg, called Joan Rivers:…
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Calendar, Night&Day Heart of Darkness

Heart of Darkness

Late August is not considered the optimal time of year to open a collar-grabbing social-issue documentary. The Bay Area, though, is one place where conscience never takes a vacation. Annie Sundberg and Ricki Stern’s tense, unforgettable The Devil Came on…
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Film, Save Darfur?

Save Darfur?

For an issue-oriented doc with activist aims, the line between hope and despair — between placating an outraged audience and calling it to action — is a fine one, indeed. Any indie auteur feels tempted to salute grassroots heroism, his…
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