Tuesday, May 28, 2024

NY Film Festival Centerpiece Film Will Be About Sacklers and Opioids from Controversial Filmmaker


Laura Poitras’s “All the Beauty and the Bloodshed” is the Centerpiece Selection of the New York Film Festival.

“Beauty” chronicles the path of famed photographer Nan Goldin, the partner of controversial photographer Bruce Weber, in her investigation of the opioid manufacturing Sackler family. They’re the wealthy villains also of “Dopesick,” the book and TV show.

Poitras won an Oscar for “Citizen Four,” about whistleblower Edward Snowden. But she lost of steam with a film about Wikileaks and Julian Assange, called “Risk,” when it was revealed she’d been sleeping with one of Assange’s followers while making the movie. It was eventually dumped onto Showtime.

“Beauty” is an odd choice for Centerpiece Film for the Festival. It’s made by Participant Films but has no distributor or announced streaming deal. Unlike the opening night film, “White Noise,” from Netflix, it’s not really a marquee title. It has no actors to walk a red carpet, and little PR sizzle. But Goldin has the art connection in New York, and the Sacklers are notorious for having their infamous names removed from art galleries at famous museums.

It will be interesting to see what the NY Film Festival will choose for their closing night film.

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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