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I'm Carolyn Parker (2011/2012)
Also Known As: I'm Carolyn Parker: The Good, the Mad and the Beautiful
Opened: 09/12/2012 Limited
|IFC Center||09/12/2012 - 09/20/2012||9 days|
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Carolyn Parker was the last to leave her neighborhood when a mandatory evacuation order was decreed as Hurricane Katrina approached New Orleans in the summer of 2005. After the floodwaters subsided, Mrs. Parker was the first resident to return to her now flood-devastated community with what many thought was the "impossible dream" of bringing her ruined home back to life.
I'm Carolyn Parker: The Good, the Mad, and the Beautiful unfolds as an inspiring portrait of an extraordinary woman. Mrs. Parker takes us deep inside her personal biography as a child born in the 40's, raised in segregated New Orleans' Lower 9th Ward, who became a teen-ager joining the front lines in the Civil Rights movement of the 60's, who worked for thirty years as a cook-turned-chef in the hotel industry, and became one of the most outspoken voices in the fight for every New Orleanian's right to return home after the devastation of the floods that followed Katrina. That Carolyn faced these odds with unbridled wit, spirituality and an abiding sense of social justice borne of her life in New Orleans makes for a unique cinematic tale of personal triumph.
I'm Carolyn Parker: The Good, the Mad, and the Beautiful is the portrait of an "ordinary family" who banded together under extraordinary circumstances, and reclaimed their home.
After Carolyn's house was flooded and she endeavored to rebuild her home after the waters subsided, I was privileged to gain her permission to keep track of her progress. I didn't know at the time that these filming visits would stretch over the next 5 years, including 21 visits. Nor did I realize what an amazing portrait of an "ordinary" American would emerge over time. The film changed from a record of reclaiming her home into a documentary about a truly extraordinary woman.
-- Jonathan Demme
About the Filmmakers
Jonathan Demme (Director)
Starting out with Roger Corman in 1971, Jonathan Demme has directed and/or produced over 30 movies. New projects in the works include the third installment of his performance trilogy with Neil Young, Neil Young Life, an animated version of Dave Eggers' book called Zeitoun The Movie, an adaptation of Michel Faber's novella The Courage Consort, and 3 forthcoming New Orleans portrait documentaries along the lines of I'm Carolyn Parker: The Good, The Mad, And The Beautiful.
Lindsay Jaeger (Producer)
Lindsay Jaeger was Jonathan Demme's producing partner at Clinica Estetico for four years, during which time she developed and produced various projects with the Academy Award-winning director. Most recently: an hour-long television pilot entitled A Gifted Man, which is slated to air on CBS this Fall, and I'm Carolyn Parker: The Good, the Mad, and the Beautiful. Lindsay also produced an hour-long special for Tavis Smiley Reports, Been In The Storm Too Long (2010), that revisited conditions in New Orleans on the fifth anniversary of the floods.
Lindsay assisted directors Wayne Wang on Maid in Manhattan (2002), Because of Winn-Dixie (2005), and Last Holiday (2006); James Foley on Perfect Stranger (2007); and Akiva Schaffer on Hot Rod (2007). She operated cameras on the performance films and/or documentaries Neil Young Life (2011), I'm Carolyn Parker: The Good, The Mad, And The Beautiful (2011), and Altered by Elvis (2006). She crewed on the narrative features All Good Things (dir. Andrew Jarecki, 2010) and Dan in Real Life (dir. Peter Hedges, 2007). Lindsay got her start in the New York film industry in January of 2001 as a reader and intern for Robert De Niro's Tribeca Productions.
Lindsay studied under avant-garde filmmaker Stan Brakhage at the University of Colorado at Boulder, and graduated with a BFA in Film Production. She wrote, directed, and edited a short film The Women (2008) that premiered at the Reel Women International Film Festival in Beverly Hills, CA. Lindsay is currently directing, shooting, and editing a documentary about artist Everett Ruess, entitled Way of the West, and has been accepted as video artist in residence during the upcoming 2011 "A Room of Her Own" writers' retreat held at Georgia O'Keeffe's Ghost Ranch.
Daniel Wolff (Producer)
Daniel Wolff's forthcoming book, The Fight For Home (Bloomsbury, 2012) is about citizens returning to New Orleans: another aspect of the on-going documentary he's producing with Jonathan Demme that includes I'm Carolyn Parker: The Good, The Mad, And The Beautiful. He was executive producer on Mr. Demme's The Agronomist, has published poetry in The Paris Review, Partisan Review, and Three Penny Review, and is the author of a number of non-fiction books, the most recent being How Lincoln Learned to Read: 12 Great Americans and the Educations That Made Them. A Grammy nominee and winner of the Ralph J. Gleason Music book award for his biography of Sam Cooke, he's collaborated with, among others, sculptor Robert Taplin, musician Steve Elson, and choreographer Marta Renzi, mother of his two children.
Stephen Apkon (Producer)
Stephen Apkon is the Founder and Executive Director of the Jacob Burns Film Center, Inc., a non-profit film and education center located Pleasantville, NY. Steve is also President of Big 20 Productions, and has several films in production, including The Patron, which he is co-directing and producing with Ido Haar, and Recruitment Day, a look into the ways nations recruit their military, which he is producing. Steve is also currently developing Prospero's Options-- a feature film (co-written by Steve Apkon and Noah Stollman), based on the book Good Morning Midnight.
Ido Haar (Editor)
Ido Haar has worked in the Israeli film and television industry, directing, shooting and editing social, political and cultural documentaries. His films 9 Star Hotel and Melting Siberia have enjoyed worldwide success, with Melting Siberia enjoying a theatrical release in Israel and 9 Star Hotel having been screened at over 80 international film festivals. 9 Star Hotel has garnered over a dozen awards including Best Documentary Film at the 22nd Munich International Documentary Film Festival; Best Film, Human Rights Competition, Buenos Aires 9th Festival International de Cine Independent; and, for Haar himself, the Best Director Award at the Israeli Documentary Filmmakers' Forum Competition. Haar has been involved as an editor in other film and television projects including the highly praised Israeli TV series In Treatment (which was adapted for American television on HBO). He is now working on several projects, among them his documentary Recruitment Day, and The Patron, which he is co-directing with Stephen Apkon.
Rocco Caruso (Executive Producer)
As an independent producer, Rocco Caruso has spent more the 25 years in film and television. He began his career as an associate producer on the PBS children's show Shining Time Station which starred Ringo Starr and an animated train that later became known as Thomas the Tank Engine. He segment produced the CBS television special Superman's 50th Anniversary for producer Lorne Michaels and recently produced and directed a TV pilot for 2-time Grammy-winning Hip-Hop artist Fatman Scoop. Over the years Rocco has produced TV spots, trailers and short-form programming for MTV, HBO, PBS, Lifetime, Comedy Central, XM Radio, Showtime and Warner Bros.
Through his production company, Caruso/Mendelsohn Productions, he has produced several award-winning short and feature length indie films. His award-winning short film Through An Open Window, starring Anne Meara and Cynthia Nixon with narration by Academy Award winner F. Murray Abraham premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was the opening film of 'Un Certain Regard' at the 1992 Cannes Film Festival. In 1997 he produced the award-winning short Little Red Riding Hood starring Christina Ricci and in 1999 he made his first feature film Judy Berlin which starred Edie Falco and comedy legend Madeline Kahn in her last screen role. Judy Berlin won the Best Director award at Sundance and had its European premiere as an official selection in 'Un Certain Regard' at Cannes. Nominated for 3 IFP/Independent Spirit Awards, Judy Berlin was released theatrically to critical acclaim in 2000 and was named one of the top ten films of 2000 by Kevin Thomas of the LA Times, Earnest Hardy of LA Weekly and Dennis Dermody of Paper Magazine. Peter Travers of Rolling Stone called it one of the top independent films of that year. The making of Judy Berlin was featured in the book Fast, Cheap and Under Control: Lessons From the Greatest Low-Budget Movies of all Time. Rocco's third feature film, 3 Backyards, stars 4-time Emmy winner Edie Falco and won the Best Director Award at Sundance 2010. The film was released theatrically in March 2011. The New York Times called it "Beautiful and Forbidding" and Armond White of New York Press proclaimed the film to be a "momentous advance in indie-filmmaking."