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USA, 2014, DCP, color, 100’

DIRECTOR: Nancy Kates
PRODUCER: Nancy Kates
SCREENPLAY: Nancy Kates, John Haptas
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Sophie Constantinou
EDITING: John Haptas
MUSIC: Laura Karpman, Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum
PARTICIPANTS: Nadine Gordimer, Noël Burch, Judith Sontag Cohen
AWARDS: Tribeca FF: Best Documentary Feature – Special Jury Mention

“Regarding Susan Sontag” is an intimate and nuanced investigation into the life of one of the most influential and provocative thinkers of the 20th century. Passionate and gracefully outspoken throughout her career, Susan Sontag became one of the most important literary, political and feminist icons of her generation. The documentary explores Sontag’s life through archival materials, accounts from friends, family, colleagues and lovers, as well as her own words, as read by Patricia Clarkson. From her early infatuation with books to her first experience in a gay bar; from her early marriage to her last lover, “Regarding Susan Sontag” is a fascinating look at a towering cultural critic and writer whose works on photography, war, illness, and terrorism still resonate today.

About the Director
Nancy D. Kates produced and directed “Brother Outsider: The Life Of Bayard Rustin”, which went on to win more than 25 awards worldwide, including the 2004 GLAAD Media Award. “Brother Outsider” received significant attention in the national press: critics described it as “a potent piece of historical rediscovery” (L.A.Times); “beautifully crafted” (Boston Globe); “powerful and startling” (The Advocate); and “poignant” (tıme). Kates received her M.A. from Stanford’s documentary film program. Her master’s thesis, “Their Own Vietnam”, received the 1995 Student Academy Award in documentary, and was exhibited, among other festivals, at the 1996 Sundance Film Festival. Kates has worked on a number of other documentary projects as a writer, producer, story consultant, and editor. She writes occasionally for the San Francisco Chronicle and other publications.

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