Last week at the Pierre, the Fountain House annual symposium and luncheon focused on the topic of "Suicide: Looking for Answers" with a panel of experts in this field. A special humanitarian award was presented to HBO's Sheila Nevins, introduced by Rosie O'Donnell.
This is a nation knowing the consequences, and keeping those guns around anyway. With guns readily available, everyone's fate is as random as Russian roulette. For the chilling toll, watch Requiem for the Dead on HBO, airing on June 22.
The irrepressible Rosie O'Donnell could not help herself. Coaxed to do stand up on the not funny subject of her heart attack by HBO's Sheila Nevins, the television star created a routine that is more than the heartfelt in its title.
'In the case of Phoenix House, many HBO films do focus on addiction. We have all seen many young people succumb to peer pressure to try substances to escape reality. The need for escape seems great right now. '
Even if you've read Lawrence Wright's book, Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief on which the film is based, Gibney's adaptation is an eye-opening and transformative experience.
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.