REGARDING SUSAN SONTAG
Directed by Nancy Kates
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Regarding Susan Sontag is a feature-length documentary in production on the late critic, novelist, director, and activist. The film follows Sontag through a life marked by moral conviction, engagements with fascinating people, and public controversy.
Regarding Susan Sontag features riveting interviews; experimental sequences; and some of the extraordinary archival images Sontag left behind, from her “screen tests” for Andy Warhol to her cameo in Woody Allen’s Zelig. Sontag was often brilliant and frequently infuriating, but she was invariably fascinating: a natural star.
Reflecting the boldness of Sontag’s work and the cultural importance of her thought, through extraordinary archival footage and still photographs, interviews with her colleagues, friends, lovers, and detractors, and a rich tapestry of artifacts from popular culture. These elements are used to create a nuanced, sophisticated portrait of a great thinker. Many Americans know Sontag’s name; the film shows us who she was, and why her thoughts about topics such as illness, photography, war, terrorism, and torture remain vitally important in the 21st century.
Nancy D. Kates is a filmmaker and writer based in Berkeley, California. She co-produced and directed Brother Outsider: the Life of Bayard Rustin with New York filmmaker Bennett Singer. Brother Outsider premiered at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival, with a national broadcast on the PBS program P.O.V. The film received numerous awards, including the 2004 GLAAD Media Award, and audience awards at the major American gay and lesbian film festivals. It also received the award for best feature film at New York’s New Festival and a number of jury prizes. Kates is a former producer of Computer Chronicles, the PBS series, and has worked as a producer, writer, and story consultant on various documentary projects. She also speaks frequently at schools, colleges and universities. Kates is a graduate of Stanford’s documentary film and television program; her M.A. thesis project, Their Own Vietnam, received the 1995 Student Academy Award in Documentary. She worked as a journalist in New York and Boston before turning to film.