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FILM GUIDE ARCHIVE FEATURE DOCUMENTARY

JOAN RIVERS - A PIECE OF WORK

TFF 2010 Directed by Annie Sundberg and Ricki Stern
FILM GUIDE ARCHIVE JOAN RIVERS - A PIECE OF WORK [TFF 2010]

At 76 years old, Joan Rivers is showing no sign of slowing down. The undisputed queen of American comedy's career has spanned five decades and as many media, from serving as the first female guest host of The Tonight Show, to opening a one-woman play in London in 2008, to winning The Celebrity Apprentice in 2009.

Following the comedy trailblazer over the course of a year, renowned documentarians Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg's (The Trials of Darryl Hunt, The Devil Came on Horseback, TFF '07) vérité film captures the sheer amount of work that Rivers does, stumping for herself across the country at stand-up gigs, personal appearances, television stints, and live performances. Her signature saucy humor is on full display both in the spotlight and behind the scenes, often betraying an obsession with success, celebrity, beauty, and superficiality, while always lambasting all of these trappings of fame to shocking comic effect. A Piece of Work reveals the fascinating and counterintuitive combinations of self-determination and self-deprecation, vulnerability and irreverence that fuel the Rivers empire, adding up to a quintessential film about a quintessential American icon.

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At 76 years old, Joan Rivers is showing no sign of slowing down. The undisputed queen of American comedy's career has spanned five decades and as many media, from serving as the first female guest host of The Tonight Show, to opening a one-woman play in London in 2008, to winning The Celebrity Apprentice in 2009.

Following the comedy trailblazer over the course of a year, renowned documentarians Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg's (The Trials of Darryl Hunt, The Devil Came on Horseback, TFF '07) vérité film captures the sheer amount of work that Rivers does, stumping for herself across the country at stand-up gigs, personal appearances, television stints, and live performances. Her signature saucy humor is on full display both in the spotlight and behind the scenes, often betraying an obsession with success, celebrity, beauty, and superficiality, while always lambasting all of these trappings of fame to shocking comic effect. A Piece of Work reveals the fascinating and counterintuitive combinations of self-determination and self-deprecation, vulnerability and irreverence that fuel the Rivers empire, adding up to a quintessential film about a quintessential American icon.

Film Information
Year: 2010
Length: 84 minutes
Language: English
Country: USA
Premiere: New York
Cast & Credits
Primary Cast: Joan Rivers
Screenwriter: Ricki Stern
Producer: Ricki Stern, Seth Keal, Annie Sundberg
Editor: Penelope Falk
Director of Photography: Charles Miller
Special Note

Monday, April 26, 7:00 pm
@ SVA Theater 1


After the Movie: Show biz icon Joan Rivers will share stories from her five-decade career and the making of A Piece of Work with documentary directors Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg. Moderated by film critic Rex Reed—author, journalist and the film critic of the New York Observer.

About the Director(s)
Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg are the Emmy-nominated co-directors of The Devil Came on Horseback and The Trials of Darryl Hunt, for which they received the Dupont-Columbia Award for Excellence in Journalism and awards at more than 30 festivals. The pair co-directed The End of America in 2008.

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