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Trailer Watch: Joan Didion Finds Her Voice in Netflix Doc “The Center Will Not Hold”

13 October 2017 8:01 AM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold

“My first notebook was given to me by my mother with the suggestion that I amuse myself by writing down my thoughts,” says Joan Didion in a new trailer for an upcoming Netflix documentary about her life and work. “I didn’t have any real clear picture of how to do it but I do remember having a very clear sense that I wanted this to continue.” And continue it did. Her 50-year career includes essays, novels, screenplays, and criticism.

Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold” features archival footage of the celebrated American writer as well as in-depth interviews “about the eras she covered and the eventful life she’s lived, including partying with Janis Joplin in a house full of L.A. rockers; hanging in a recording studio with Jim Morrison; and cooking dinner for one of Charles Manson’s women for a magazine story,” the doc’s official synopsis details. “Didion guides us through the sleek literati scene of New York in the 1950s and early ’60s, when she wrote for Vogue, her return to her home state of California for two turbulent decades,” and much more.

“I’ve always found if I examine something it’s less scary,” Didion explains in the spot. One of the scariest experiences Didion has faced was the death of her husband, John Gregory Dunne, which she chronicled in “The Year of Magical Thinking,” the winner of the 2005 National Book Award for Nonfiction, and a topic of discussion in “The Center Will Not Hold.”

Didion’s best known books include “Slouching Towards Bethlehem,” “The White Album,” and “Play It As It Lays.” “A Star Is Born,” “True Confessions,” and “Up Close & Personal” are among the screenplays she’s penned.

Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold” is directed by Griffin Dunne (“The Good Wife”) and hits Netflix October 27.

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Joan Didion and Arthur Miller Get the Documentary Treatment From Family Members, And That Makes All the Difference — Nyff

12 October 2017 1:30 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The following essay was produced as part of the 2017 Nyff Critics Academy, a workshop for aspiring film critics that took place during the 55th edition of the New York Film Festival.

Documentaries often get personal with their subjects, sometimes in ways that are essential to the powerful filmmaking on display. But what does it look like when family, so often the subject, mingles with the forces behind the camera?

Two new documentary films, “Arthur Miller: Writer” and “Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold,” position their eponymous 20th century literary figures beneath their progeny’s gazes. Plenty ambitious, often neutral, and never too critical, these filmmakers seek a delicate, ethical balance between titillating an audience with the private life behind a public persona and executing a squeaky-clean legacy. Writer and director Rebecca Miller is tasked with her father Arthur, the man who used theater to confront the fallacies of the »

- Caroline Madden

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‘Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold’ Review: Incisive Writer Gets Equally Perceptive Documentary

12 October 2017 12:26 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Joan Didion is viewed as a writer’s writer by a good many people. Her chiseled, deliberately repetitive sentences and apocalyptic “what’s the use?” point of view can be easily parodied, but when she has a worthy target — as when she has written about politics — her aim is often deadly accurate. Didion is a glamorous but humorless figure, a sparrow-like woman who sometimes moves in for the journalistic kill with the precision of a spider. “Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold” (which debuts on Netflix Oct. 27) is clearly a labor of love from actor Griffin Dunne, who »

- Dan Callahan

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'Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold': Film Review | Nyff 2017

12 October 2017 11:28 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

There's a distinctly intimate vibe to the new documentary about writer Joan Didion. It's hardly surprising, considering that the film is directed by actor Griffin Dunne, who happens to be Didion's nephew by marriage. The result is a disarming portrait of the octogenarian writer whose intellectual powers have clearly not dimmed even as she's become physically frail. The filmmaker's closeness to his subject makes his film more interesting for its personal than informational aspects. The result is that Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold may be of most interest to those already familiar with the writer's life and career.

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Official Trailer for Writer Doc 'Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold'

11 October 2017 4:27 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

"We tell ourselves stories in order to live." Netflix has unveiled an official trailer for a documentary titled Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold, profiling the life and work of literary icon Joan Didion, who is currently still alive at 82 years old. Directed by actor Griffin Dunne, who is Didion's nephew, the film dives deep into the 50-year career of this acclaimed and beloved writer, exploring her style and desires. She was most prominent in the 1960s and 70s counterculture movement, publishing a number of best-selling books and magazine essays. She also wrote a few screenplays and wrote about various topics from politics and the drug culture to the Charles Manson murders and the Patty Hearst trial. This doc seems to go into her personal life as well as her career, profiling the talented, inspiring woman in all her facets. Take a look. Trailer for Griffin Dunne's documentary »

- Alex Billington

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Griffin Dunne on Convincing Joan Didion to Make a Netflix Documentary

11 October 2017 8:58 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Joan Didion has been at the center of our cultural and political life for more than five decades, writing incisively on everything from war to rock music to murder in books such as “Slouching Towards Bethlehem” “The White Album,” and “Salvador.” As an essayist, novelist, critic, and screenwriter, she’s inspired a passionate following that is nearly unmatched in American letters. That status reached near deification levels with 2005’s “The Year of Magical Thinking.” In it, she reflects on her own personal tragedy, recounting her grief after the death of her husband John Gregory Dunne and her struggle to deal with the fatal illness of her daughter, Quintana Roo. By writing so unflinchingly about such a painful topic, she formed an even deeper connection with her readers.

It took her nephew, the filmmaker Griffin Dunne, to convince Didion to do what she had long resisted — sit down and shareher personal and professional remembrances on camera. The fruits »

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Nyff 2017 Runs September 28-October 15; Here Are Five Films To Seek Out

28 September 2017 3:00 PM, PDT | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

It’s that time of year again. With fall festivals like Tiff and Venice now in the rear view mirror, the film world is focused squarely on the Mecca that is New York City, for arguably the year’s most interesting festival, Nyff. Running, this year, from September 28-October 15, the lineup includes not only the 25 Main Slate releases, but numerous others spread over sections ranging from experimental features to groundbreaking shorts and even a Robert Mitchum retrospective.

So how does one go about processing all of these films, or even where to begin when setting your own viewing schedule? Well, you could stick to the well known directors or the highly buzzed about properties that are making a stop on their long festival journey from as early as Cannes or Berlin of this year. But where’s the fun in that? How about a few genuine discoveries? That’s where »

- Joshua Brunsting

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New York Film Festival’s 55th Edition Hopes to Make a Strong Case for Cinema

28 September 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

For an event that doesn’t hand out prizes, host swag suites or foster an acquisitions market, the New York Film Festival remains a remarkably essential event on the movie calendar.

More than half a century after its debut, it serves as a cinephile’s cauldron of competing ideologies, storytelling traditions and global perspectives, unspooling against the high-art backdrop of Lincoln Center. One more reason it remains especially relevant in industry circles: It is timed to the start of Oscar campaign season.

This year’s 55th edition, which runs Sept. 28 to Oct. 15, promises to also be something of a referendum on the nature of cinema, capping off a year of vigorous debate about that topic. From Cannes to SXSW, festivals of all sizes and missions have been grappling with the flow of filmmakers, talent and creative capital from independent film to the episodic realm.

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- Dade Hayes

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New York Film Festival: 13 Films We Can’t Wait to See This Year, From ‘Lady Bird’ to ‘Last Flag Flying’

27 September 2017 12:20 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The New York Film Festival kicks off later this week, sending us straight into the second half of a very busy fall festival season. In preparation for the festival, we’ve pinpointed its most exciting offerings, from never-before-seen narratives to insightful new documentaries, and plenty of previously-screened features looking to capitalize on strong word of mouth coming out of fellow tests like Venice, Telluride, and Toronto. In short, there’s plenty to experience in the coming weeks, so consider this your roadmap to the best of the fest.

Read More:Bryan Cranston Enters Oscar Race with New York Film Festival Opener ‘Last Flag Flying

Ahead, 13 essential titles — from buzzy world premieres to highlights from the 2017 circuit— that we can’t wait to see at this year’s New York Film Festival.

Arthur Miller: Writer

Documentaries about family members are always a dubious proposition. Some can also come across as overindulgent exercises, »

- Kate Erbland, Eric Kohn, Anne Thompson, David Ehrlich, Chris O'Falt, Jude Dry, Michael Nordine and Steve Greene

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New York Film Festival Early Bird highlights by Anne-Katrin Titze

24 September 2017 9:55 AM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold director Griffin Dunne Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

The Spotlight on Documentary programme at the 55th New York Film Festival has a number of high profile authors in the spotlight, including Gay Talese in Josh Koury and Myles Kane's Voyeur. Griffin Dunne's Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold with interviews with Harrison Ford, David Hare, Anna Wintour, Calvin Trillin, and Vanessa Redgrave (her Sea Sorrow is in the festival with Emma Thompson and Ralph Fiennes), and Rebecca Miller's portrait Arthur Miller: Writer (with Tony Kushner and Mike Nichols commenting on her father's career) are two excellent insider depictions. Aki Kaurismäki's The Other Side Of Hope (starring Sherwan Haji, Sakari Kuosmanen) and Chloé Zhao's The Rider, screening in the Main Slate, round out the four early bird highlights.

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- Anne-Katrin Titze

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New York Film Festival: Alex Gibney, Vanessa Redgrave, and Abel Ferrara Join Documentary Spotlight Lineup

23 August 2017 1:06 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The 55th New York Film Festival will debut a starry roster of documentaries featuring giants of the art and literary worlds as well as Alex Gibney’s postponed “No Stone Unturned,” a critical investigation into the 1994 Loughinisland massacre in Ireland, which was pulled from Tribeca in April.

Other new works include films from directors Abel Ferrara, Sara Driver, Nancy Buirski, Mathieu Amalric, and Barbet Schroeder; Vanessa Redgrave’s directorial debut “Sea Sorrow,” which played at Cannes; and films featuring Joan Didion, Arthur Miller, Gay Talese, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Jane Goodall, plus stories about racism, American immigration, and the global refugee crisis.

Three documentaries spotlight acclaimed writers, including the world premiere of Griffin Dunne’s “Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold,” returning Nyff filmmaker Rebecca Miller’s tender portrait of her father, “Arthur Miller: Writer,” and the World Premiere of Myles Kane and Josh Koury’s “Voyeur,” tracking journalist Gay Talese »

- Anne Thompson

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New York Film Festival: Alex Gibney, Vanessa Redgrave, and Abel Ferrara Join Documentary Spotlight Lineup

23 August 2017 1:06 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The 55th New York Film Festival will debut a starry roster of documentaries featuring giants of the art and literary worlds as well as Alex Gibney’s postponed “No Stone Unturned,” a critical investigation into the 1994 Loughinisland massacre in Ireland, which was pulled from Tribeca in April.

Other new works include films from directors Abel Ferrara, Sara Driver, Nancy Buirski, Mathieu Amalric, and Barbet Schroeder; Vanessa Redgrave’s directorial debut “Sea Sorrow,” which played at Cannes; and films featuring Joan Didion, Arthur Miller, Gay Talese, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Jane Goodall, plus stories about racism, American immigration, and the global refugee crisis.

Three documentaries spotlight acclaimed writers, including the world premiere of Griffin Dunne’s “Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold,” returning Nyff filmmaker Rebecca Miller’s tender portrait of her father, “Arthur Miller: Writer,” and the World Premiere of Myles Kane and Josh Koury’s “Voyeur,” tracking journalist »

- Anne Thompson

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Netflix Will Release Nyff Documentaries on Joan Didion and Gay Talese

23 August 2017 12:40 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Netflix is adding two new documentaries to its crowded 2017 roster: “Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold.” and “Voyeur,” both of which will premiere at the 55th New York Film Festival and launch globally on Netflix later this year.

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Author Joan Didion’s nephew, actor-director-producer Griffin Dunne, has been laboring on this portrait of his aunt for years. The film spans more than 50 years of essays, novels, screenplays, and criticism, as Didion chronicled America’s cultural and political tides, from the literati scene of New York in the 1950s and early ’60s to her home state of California, where she wrote “Slouching Toward Bethlehem” and “The White Album” and such film scripts as “The Panic in Needle Park.”

Dunne unearths a trove of archival footage and interviews his aunt at length about the many people she met and »

- Anne Thompson

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Netflix Will Release Nyff Documentaries on Joan Didion and Gay Talese

23 August 2017 12:40 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Netflix is adding two new documentaries to its crowded 2017 roster: “Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold.” and “Voyeur,” both of which will premiere at the 55th New York Film Festival and launch globally on Netflix later this year.

Read More:Documentary, Now: Three Rock Stars Who Run The Fast-Changing Nonfiction World

Author Joan Didion’s nephew, actor-director-producer Griffin Dunne, has been laboring on this portrait of his aunt for years. The film spans more than 50 years of essays, novels, screenplays, and criticism, as Didion chronicled America’s cultural and political tides, from the literati scene of New York in the 1950s and early ’60s to her home state of California, where she wrote “Slouching Toward Bethlehem” and “The White Album” and such film scripts as “The Panic in Needle Park.”

Dunne unearths a trove of archival footage and interviews his aunt at length about the many people she met and »

- Anne Thompson

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Netflix to Premiere New Joan Didion Doc at New York Film Festival

23 August 2017 12:01 PM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold

“How does one capture such a celebrated and prolific author while delivering something new for audiences to engage with?” That is precisely the question Netflix aims to tackle with its newly announced documentary on the legendary Joan Didion.

For over 50 years, Didion’s work has extended over various literary mediums. Her credits include that of essayist, screenwriter, and novelist. She has been, as Netflix’s press release stresses, “our premier chronicler of the ebb and flow of America’s cultural and political tides with observations on her personal — and our own — upheavals, downturns, life changes, and states of mind.”

This documentary, directed by Griffin Dunne (“I Love Dick”) aims to capture a new level of intimacy and understanding through one-on-one conversations. Dunne and Didion touch on everything from “partying with Janis Joplin in a house full of La rockers” to “the sleek literati scene of the 1950s and early ‘60s” to “her film scripts, including ‘The Panic in Needle Park.’” Dunne emphasizes that this documentary is a “true labor of love.”

Alongside Dunne, the film’s producers include Mary Recine (“What Happened, Miss Simone?”) and Annabelle Dunne (“Everything is Copy”).

Joan Didion’s essay “Goodbye to All That” was optioned for a film adaptation in 2015. Her books include “Slouching Towards Bethlehem,” “The White Album,” and “The Year of Magical Thinking.” Didion also wrote the screenplay for the Barbra Streisand-led “A Star Is Born” and “Up Close and Personal” starring Michelle Pfeiffer

Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold” will premiere at this year’s New York Film Festival and on Netflix October 27.

Netflix to Premiere New Joan Didion Doc at New York Film Festival was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »

- Kelsey Moore

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Netflix to Release Gay Talese, Joan Didion Documentaries

23 August 2017 11:28 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Netflix has unveiled a pair of documentaries — Gay Talese’s “Voyeur” and “Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold” — and plans to release both later this year.

Both titles are due to premiere first at the 55th New York Film Festival in October.

“Voyeur” follows Talese as he reports one of the most controversial stories of his career: a portrait of a Colorado motel owner, Gerald Foos. For decades, Foos secretly watched his guests with the aid of specially designed ceiling vents, peering down from an “observation platform” he built in the motel’s attic and kept detailed journals.

Talese had originally published the story about Foos in the New Yorker, then set up the project at Amblin with Sam Mendes attached to direct, but the “Voyeur’s Motel” project was dropped from development after questions emerged about the veracity of some of the details of the story.

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Gay Talese's 'Voyeur,' Joan Didion Doc Set at Netflix

23 August 2017 11:05 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Netflix is expanding its documentary roster.

The streaming giant has set two new docs, Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold and Voyeur, based on Gay Talese's controversial story about a Colorado hotel owner who spied on guests for decades. Both will premiere later this year at the New York Film Festival. 

Directed by Griffin Dunne, Joan Didion will unearth a treasure trove of archival footage and feature the filmmaker talking at length to his “Aunt Joan” about the eras she covered and the eventful life she’s lived, including partying with Janis Joplin in a house full of L.A. rockers, hanging in a »

- Bryn Elise Sandberg

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New York Film Festival Sets Documentary Lineup

23 August 2017 10:59 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

The New York Film Festival has unveiled the roster of its Spotlight on Documentary section for this year’s fest, which runs September 28-October 15. Filmmakers in the lineup include Alex Gibney, Abel Ferrara and Nancy Buirski, with subjects ranging from Joan Didion and Jane Goodall to Arthur Miller and U.S. immigration to the global refugee crisis. Two of the docus premiering the lineup — the Griffin Dunne-directed Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold and the Gay… »

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Alex Gibney's Doc 'No Stone Unturned' to Debut at New York Film Festival

23 August 2017 10:37 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

The Film Society of Lincoln Center on Wednesday announced the documentary slate for the upcoming New York Film Festival.

The fest will host the world premiere of Alex Gibney’s No Stone Unturned, which investigates the 1994 Loughinisland massacre in Ireland — a case that remained unsolved. The doc was originally set to debut earlier this year at the Tribeca Film Festival, but was withdrawn due to outstanding legal issues.

Other world premieres include Griffin Dunne’s Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold and Myles Kane and Josh Koury’s Voyeur, the latter about the investigations explored in Gay Talese’s book The »

- Ashley Lee

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Nyff Spotlight on Documentary selections announced by Anne-Katrin Titze - 2017-08-23 18:34:41

23 August 2017 10:34 AM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

The Voyeur's Motel author Gay Talese is observed in Myles Kane and Josh Koury's Voyeur, which will screen at the New York Film Festival Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

The Film Society of Lincoln Center has announced the 55th New York Film Festival Spotlight on Documentary selections this afternoon. The program includes Three Music Films (C’est Presque Au Bout Du Monde, Zorn (2010-2017) and Music Is Music) by Mathieu Amalric, Barbet Schroeder's The Venerable W, Denis Côté's A Skin So Soft, Vanessa Redgrave's Sea Sorrow, Abel Ferrara's Piazza Vittorio, Alex Gibney's No Stone Unturned, Griffin Dunne's Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold, Brett Morgen's Jane, Rebecca Miller's Arthur Miller: Writer, Sara Driver's Boom For Real The Late Teenage Years Of Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Myles Kane and Josh Koury's Voyeur.

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- Anne-Katrin Titze

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