On Beauty is Best of the Fests

Joanna Rudnick's On Beauty returns to the Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival for two "Best of the Fest" screenings today at 4:30pm and 7pm. Earlier this year, the film won the Sebastopol Audience Award for Best Short Documentary.

The Sebastopol screenings follow On Beauty's appearance at Chicago's Midwest Independent Film Festival on Tuesday in a collection of shorts for Female Filmmakers Night. On Beauty stole the show, garnering this fantastic review from Matt Fagerholm of RogerEbert.com:

"On Beauty [is] the latest jewel in the crown of Kartemquin Films, which surely ranks as one of the greatest non-profit production companies in the business. The film deservedly won the Audience Choice Award at the Chicago International Film Festival, and follows fashion photographer Rick Guidotti as he shifts his camera from models to a new, infinitely more interesting subject: girls with albinism. Editor Liz Kaar informed the audience that Rudnick has the BRCA gene mutation herself. “She was drawn to making the film because her mutation couldn’t be seen,” said Kaar. “She came across Rick’s exhibition and thought it was amazing that he was having people accept their mutation by showcasing it.” All societally imposed stigmas evaporate under Guidotti’s nurturing, tirelessly exuberant gaze. Watching these girls grow comfortable in their own skin is a joy to behold. On Beauty is, quite simply, a masterful example of how cinema can serve as a humanizing force in the world. We need films like this."

On Beauty is still playing festivals and also has dates ahead at several conferences and academic institutions, including a free Chicago screening on August 12th organized by Cinema/Chicago, together with the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and International Connections Committee. Click here for more information and to bring the film to your town.