Ronstadt was 21 when she first hit the national charts with the Stone Poneys’ “Different Drum,” and her plaintive vocal leapt off the radio from the opening line. By the mid-’70s, she was cranking out smash singles and multiplatinum albums as fast as the public could consume them. Three of her LPs hit No. 1 en route to her becoming the most successful female singer of the decade.
Two-time Oscar winner Rob Epstein and Oscar nominee Jeffrey Friedman directed the docu from Greenwich Entertainment, 1091 and CNN Films and also produce alongside James Keach and Michele Farinola. Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice premieres at 9 p.m. Wednesday, January 1.
The film tells the intimate and moving story of families of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School navigating their way through grief and searching for new meaning in the immediate days, weeks and months after the Parkland shooting that left 17 dead in February 2018.
The directors traveled to the Florida city with producer Stephanie Wash and began filming with students who endured gunfire and the parents who lost their children in the crosshairs. Filming throughout the spring, summer and fall, the verité documentary chronicles the private journeys of these families as they navigated the unthinkable and rose to challenge the nation to end gun violence.
Here is the new trailer:
The 2019 DOC NYC festival has annouced the winners of its Grand Jury Prizes. The event, which runs through Friday in Manhattan, features more than 300 films and events over 10 days.
The winner in the Viewfinders competition is City Dream, directed by Weijun Chen. It’s a documentary comedy that looks at a street vendor in China who clashes with the authorities trying to shut down his stall. Director Eva Mulvad’s Love Child earned Special Mention.
Maurice Hines: Bring Them Back, directed by John Carluccio, won the Metropolis competition. It looks at charismatic song-and-dance man Maurice Hines, who reflects on his life on stage from Broadway to Hollywood, as well as his tumultuous relationship with superstar brother Gregory Hines.
Director Jake Sumner’s Bob of the Park took the Shorts prize. It follows Robert “Birding Bob” DiCandido, a friendly Central Park bird walk leader to some and archnemesis to others. Special Mentions went to A Childhood on Fire, directed by Jason Hanasik, and Yves & Variation, from Lydia Cornett.
Winners of the 2019 Grand Jury Prize in the Viewfinders and Metropolis competitions receive a deliverables package provided by Technicolor PostWorks New York as well as a one-week awards-qualifying theatrical run at the IFC Center in 2020.