Zeitgeist Films has acquired “Call Her Applebroog,” Beth B’s documentary about her mother, Ida Applebroog, a painter, sculptor and filmmaker whose work often explores the themes of gender, sexual identity, violence, and politics. The film is a tableau of Applebroog’s groundbreaking work and, more intimately, her dynamic family relationships.
The official synopsis reads: “‘Call Her Applebroog’ is a poignant and intimate portrait of Applebroog, who grew up in an Orthodox Jewish household with an immigrant father who only wanted to have sons; instead there were three girls. It is a cathartic story of self-realization and the act of art-making as a life-saving parachute.”
“We have known Beth B for a long time and could not admire her more as a pioneering, adventurous filmmaker,” said Zeitgeist Co-Presidents Nancy Gerstman and Emily Russo in an official statement. “But to make such a loving film about someone who is so close to you is an even more extraordinary act of boldness.”
“Call Her Applebroog” will open at the Metrograph in New York City in June, followed soon after by a national release.