$15 General Admission, $12 Member, $7 child age 14 or younger
Doors Open for admissions 30 min. prior to screening SOLD OUT
Director and Producer Susan Lacy and Producer Jessica Levin will join us for Q&A on August 4th at the Film Center. In collaboration with HBO Documentary Films
Girl next door, sex kitten, activist, fitness tycoon: Oscar-winner Jane Fonda has lived a life marked by controversy, tragedy and transformation, and she’s done it all in the public eye. Directed and produced by award-winning documentarian Susan Lacy.
Jane Fonda has been vilified as “Hanoi Jane,” lusted after as “Barbarella” and heralded as a beacon of the women’s movement. This film goes to the heart of who she really is, a blend of deep vulnerability, magnetism, naiveté and bravery, revealing a life transformed over time. The documentary draws on 21 hours of interviews with Fonda, who speaks candidly and frankly about her life and her missteps. She explores the pain of her mother’s suicide, her father’s emotional unavailability, 30 years of an eating disorder and three marriages to highly visible, yet diametrically opposed, men. Jane Fonda in Five Acts also includes interviews with family and friends, as well as rare home movies and verité footage of the 80-year-old Fonda’s busy life today at, as she puts it, “the beginning of my last act.”
Featuring interviews with Robert Redford, Lily Tomlin, producer Paula Weinstein and former spouses Tom Hayden and Ted Turner, among others, the first four acts of Fonda’s life are named after the four men who shared — and hugely influenced — her personal and professional ambitions. The fifth act is named after Fonda herself, as she finally confronts her demons, reconnects with her family and resumes a successful career as both an actress and an activist, entirely on her own terms.
“Lively, confessional, and entertaining” –Owen Gleiberman, Variety
“An engaging study in glamour and grit.” –Sheri Linden, Hollywood Reporter
Susan Lacy (Director & Producer)
Susan Lacy is the creator and former executive producer of PBS’ American Masters series. In her near 30 years there, she was responsible for the production of over 215 documentary films, exploring the lives of America’s most enduring cultural icons. Films she directed for the series include portraits of David Geffen, Judy Garland, Joni Mitchell, Leonard Bernstein, Rod Serling & Lena Horne. During her tenure, Lacy earned the series 71 Emmy nominations and 28 wins (including a remarkable 10 for Outstanding Non-Fiction Series), in addition to 12 Peabody awards, 2 Grammy awards, and an Academy award. In 2013 Lacy began a new chapter in her long and celebrated documentary filmmaking career – forming Pentimento Productions, in order to focus entirely on directing and producing. Lacy recently completed a definitive film about the life and work of Steven Spielberg, titled Spielberg – the first project in her company’s exclusive multi-picture deal with HBO. The film had its world premiere at New York Film Festival in 2017 and has been nominated for the 2018 Emmy Awards (for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special).
Jessica Levin (Producer)
Emmy and Peabody award-winning producer Jessica Levin has devoted her career to creating high-quality non-fiction films, bringing to each new project her passion for music and the arts as well as her seasoned approach to archival material and inventive storytelling. She has collaborated with Susan Lacy on a rich variety of films, including PBS’ American Masters documentaries Joni Mitchell: A Woman of Heart and Mind, Judy Garland: By Myself, No Direction Home: Bob Dylan, Annie Leibovitz: Life Through A Lens, LennoNYC, and Inventing David Geffen. Most recently, she produced her first HBO documentary film Spielberg which premiered at the 2017 New York Film Festival. The film has also been nominated for the 2018 Emmy Awards (for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special). Some of Jessica’s earlier producing credits include PBS projects Swingin’ with Duke and The Shakespeare Sessions plus ABC specials Wingspan and The Beatles’ Revolution. Jessica is one of Pentimento’s principal producers and is based in Los Angeles.