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Sundance Exclusive Video: Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood January 20, 2010 at 2:38AM

After the dark places that Darfur documentary The Devil Came on Horseback took filmmakers Ricki Stern and Anne Sundberg, they decided to lighten things up on their next movie. "We wanted to do something on women and comedy," says Stern. "It was still for the most part an all-boys club. Joan was a window into that."
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After the dark places that Darfur documentary The Devil Came on Horseback took filmmakers Ricki Stern and Anne Sundberg, they decided to lighten things up on their next movie. "We wanted to do something on women and comedy," says Stern. "It was still for the most part an all-boys club. Joan was a window into that."

For Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work they covered 14 months in the life of the 75-year-old comic, following Rivers to London, where she put on a play about her life that may or may not eventually make it to Broadway. (IndieWIRE interviews the two filmmakers in this in-depth pre-Sundance feature.) Submarine's Josh Braun is repping the film as it makes its Sundance world premiere: all rights are available.

Check out this exclusive clip. And Sundance's video interview.


This article is related to: Festivals, Genres, Video, Sundance, Documentaries, comedy


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.