Last October when the documentary Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory premiered at the New York Film Festival, filmmakers Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky celebrated an unanticipated event: the release from prison of the West Memphis 3.
You could feel the weight of the occasion at the Milk Gallery in the Meatpacking District on Thursday night, the site of a portrait exhibition and screening of a documentary marking the 10th anniversary of 9/11.
Why did Gloria Steinem evolve into a symbol of so much to so many? It's impossible to know. She became a vessel through which some women discovered themselves, their potential, and the strength to advocate for their own truths.
Both films deal with pain, but virtually issuing from different planets. In Wartorn it's distress of the suicide-inducing variety. In Tiny Furniture it's privileged misery -- the romantic humiliation of a plumpish young woman.
The documentary film Boy Interrupted not only tells the story of a 15-year-old's death by suicide, but it also tells the story of a mother's anguish dealing with her son's lifelong disease of bipolar mental disorder.