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A New Date for Joan Baez Documentary

Tue, 07/11/2023 - 09:06
A still from "Joan Baez I Am a Noise," a film in which the folk singer gives a frank account of her life and career.
(c) Albert Baez

HamptonsFilm has announced that "Joan Baez I Am a Noise," its final SummerDoc offering, has been rescheduled to Aug. 13 at 7 p.m. from its original date of July 22. 

The film premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival back in February and was screened at South by Southwest in March. It follows the folk singer and activist through a time when she was contemplating the end of a career that spanned six decades, and a life in the spotlight with all of its struggles. 

It's a complicated story, and no fewer than three directors, Karen O'Connor, Miri Navasky, and Maeve O'Boyle, were involved in the documentary's making. Ms. O'Connor will be one of the participants in the post-screening discussion along with Ms. Baez and Laurie Anderson, a multi-hyphenate and avant-garde writer, composer, artist, musician, and vocalist. 

"Joan Baez is a true musical force and an icon, and this documentary expertly captures the full breadth of her more than half-a-century career," David Nugent, the artistic director of the festival, said in a release.

Ms. O'Connor told Variety that the film was initially anchored in the singer's 2018 final "Fare Thee Well" tour, but soon became much more. Ms. Baez gave the filmmakers access to a huge archive of ephemera, mementoes, letters, and journal notations she had dictated into a tape recorder while she was on tour.

The documentary covers her early years, her impending fame, and issues with abuse from her father and drug abuse. Her failed affair with Bob Dylan is also tackled, along with her later marriage and son.

It will be screened at East Hampton Cinema at 7 p.m., followed by the talk. Tickets cost $35 and can be purchased on the HamptonsFilm website.

This article has been modified from its original and print version to reflect the postponement of the screening from July 22 to Aug. 13.

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