(Mark Bosco, Elizabeth Coffman, US 2019, 97 min.)
The life and work of Mary Flannery O’Connor is explored in this documentary featuring Alice Walker and Tommy Lee Jones, with Mary Steenburgen reading O’Connor’s writings. O’Connor was heavily influenced by many factors of her upbringing, including her Irish heritage, her Catholic faith, and her Georgia surroundings, and the lupus that took both her father’s, and her own, life. The film explores her early life into World War II, when O’Connor attends the Georgia State College for Women and discovers that there may be more for her in the world than the farm back home. Following her calling as an artist and a writer, O’Connor is accepted into the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and then into the Yaddo artists’ community in Saratoga Springs. The film then covers her twelve-year career, the difficulty in adapting her works to the screen, and the relationships that shaped and informed her writing.
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Virtual Dryden Theatre | Streaming Online. This stunning debut from director Haroula Rose is a 1970s-set rural noir with a female protagonist. 15-year-old Margo Crane lives with her father along a river in Michigan. Her mother left over a year ago, and her father has taught her to live off the land and the water while he works at staying sober for her sake.
Virtual Dryden Theatre | Streaming Online. Governor of Georgia and into his presidency, Jimmy Carter made outdoor musical gatherings a mainstay, highlighting some of the best music the country had to offer. Testimonials from Bono, Bob Dylan, Nile Rogers, Garth Brooks, Willie Nelson, and Trisha Yearwood, alongside vintage performances from Mahalia Jackson, Johnny Cash, Dizzy Gillespie, Sarah Vaughn, and Ray Charles underscore Carter’s commitment to American music.
Virtual Dryden Theatre | Streaming Online. A stunning performance by Lena Olin anchors this film about a painter who has given up her art in support of her husband, Richard Smythson (Bruce Dern). As Richard’s career comes to an end, Claire must decide what their future together will look like.