Monday, January 18, 2010

Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work

Showing at Sundance: Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work, directed by Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg

Synopsis from the Sundance website:

This exposé chronicles the private dramas of irreverent, legendary comedian and pop icon Joan Rivers as she fights tooth and nail to keep her American dream alive. The film offers a rare glimpse of the comedic process and the crazy mixture of self-doubt and anger that often fuels it. A unique look inside America's obsession with fame and celebrity, Rivers's story is both an outrageously funny journey and brutally honest look at the ruthless entertainment industry, the trappings of success, and the ultimate vulnerability of the first queen of comedy.

Being able to break through Rivers’s self-made façade is a tribute to filmmakers Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg. It is obvious the magic of this film is the inherent trust between filmmakers and subject. Shot over the course of a year, the film enlists a resilient cinema vérité style to craft a moving look at this iconic performer, stripping away her comedy masks and laying bare the truth of her life and inspiration.

The movie's (unfinished) website is here, or you can follow along on Facebook.

Stern and Sundberg:


  1. I had no idea there was a documentary about her! When and where can I see it? It looks really good in the trailer.

  2. It is going to be released in theaters on June 11! And it may be available to watch On Demand, depending on your cable provider/package.