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Joan Rivers and “Joan Rivers” to Open Sheffield Doc/Fest

Joan Rivers and "Joan Rivers" to Open Sheffield Doc/Fest

The filmmaking team behind “Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work” — Ricki Stern, Annie Sundberg and the eponymous comedienne herself — will attend the opening night showing of the film at Sheffield Doc/Fest on Nov. 3 in Sheffield, England. The 17th edition of Doc/Fest, which runs through Nov. 7, serves as a festival, marketplace and workshop for documentary and digital filmmakers.

“As soon as I got word from Sundance about ‘Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work,’ I knew this could make the perfect opening event for Doc/Fest,” said Heather Croall, director of the festival. “With almost 2,000 industry delegates and thousands of general public, Doc/Fest is the best possible launch pad for the film in the UK and Europe.”

“Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work” has won acclaim in the States for its collagen-and-all portrait of Rivers, who has been performing stand-up comedy for nearly 50 years. Sheffield Doc/Fest will host a second screening and masterclass on the film, also with the filmmakers and Rivers, on Nov. 5.

For more on Sheffield Doc/Fest, see the festival’s website.

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