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‘What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael’ Examines the Genius of One of the Most Celebrated Film Critics

'What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael' Examines the Genius of One of the Most Celebrated Film Critics

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Logline: Our movie attempts to reveal who Pauline Kael was, how she became a creative force, and her distinctive view of 20th century movies.

Elevator Pitch: This is the story of maybe America’s most compelling, popular and divisive critic, in any art form — Pauline Kael, who had so much to say that she published 13 books of her work. Our film is an attempt to show a history of late 20th century movies through her insightful and sensitive lens, and find out who she was.

Production Team: 

ROB GARVER (Producer, Director, Writer): New York-based filmmaker Rob Garver has written, produced, and directed several short films that have been screened in local New York cinemas, and aired on cable television. Films include: “Comic Belief,” a documentary profile of cartoonist Dan Piraro; “The Man in the Yellow Cap,” and “Two Roads From Belfast, Maine,” a short narrative that has aired on the Classic Arts Showcase cable network.
RICH REMSBERG (Archival Researcher): Emmy Award-winning archival researcher/archival producer Rich Remsberg has more than 100 production credits. Remsberg is one of the country’s top researchers for documentary films, TV programs, and museum exhibits.
VINCENT ELLIS (Director of Photography): Vincent C. Ellis is an award-winning Director of Photography with over twenty-five years of experience in film and television. He was the DP on the top-rated crime series “Forensic Files,” with over 300 episodes to his credit. He has also lensed documentaries and specials for Investigative Discovery and The Sci-Fi Channel, as well as numerous commercial and ad agency campaigns. 
KELSEY MARSH (Public Relations and Social Media): Kelsey is a recent graduate of American University earning her MFA in Film & Web Design/Development. Her passion is connecting communities with resources and opportunities through digital engagement.

About the Film: I’m trying to bring the work of Pauline Kael alive, and make it live on screen. It’s a movie about a movie writer, but moreso, it’s a movie about movies, and recent movie history. I also hope to bring HER alive to the audience, and through the elements we’re using in the film, reveal what made her tick. Reading her as a young person, she was an inspiration to me. I hope to create, in the audience, the same excitement and urgency about movies that I felt in her writing when I first found her on the page.

Current Status: Principal photography is complete. Currently fundraising on Kickstarter.

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