June 25, 2015 12:36 pm
We are thrilled to announce that we are bringing On Beauty to theaters! Emmy-nominated director Joanna Rudnick’s award-winning documentary short will have its theatrical premiere on Friday, July 24 at the Laemmle Music Hall in Beverly Hills and run daily until July 30. The film will then have a week-long theatrical run beginning on Friday, July 31 at Cinema Village in New York.
Additional screening events will take place throughout the summer in Berkeley, Chicago, and Washington, D.C., where one of the film's stars, Kenya-based Jayne Waithera, will meet with President Obama at the White House in early August after receiving the 2015 Nelson Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. Expect Joanna, Jayne, and Rick Guidotti to attend select screenings. We're excited to bring the film to the wider audience it deserves this summer while Jayne is the US.
(Jayne and Joanna, reunited yesterday in the Bay Area)
On Beauty is a film about challenging norms and redefining beauty. On Beauty follows fashion photographer Rick Guidotti (whose clients have included Revlon, L’Oréal, Marie Claire, Elle, GQ and People), who left the fashion world when he grew frustrated with having to work within the restrictive parameters of the industry’s standard of beauty. After a chance encounter with a young woman who had the genetic condition albinism, Rick re-focused his lens and uses it to challenge convention and redefine beauty with the help of two extraordinary women.
At the center of On Beauty are two of Rick’s photo subjects: Sarah Kanney and Jayne Waithera. Sarah left public school for home school in eighth grade because she was bullied so harshly for the Sturge-Weber birthmark on her face. Jayne lives in Eastern Africa where people with albinism are highly discriminated against and are sometimes even killed for their body parts. Rick’s photos challenge both mainstream media’s narrow scope of beauty as well as the dehumanizing black-bar convention of medical textbooks. On Beauty is part of his movement.
RogerEbert.com’s Matt Fagerholm called the film “The latest jewel in the crown of Kartemquin Films” and wrote that “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. We can’t afford to lose them.”
On Beauty has won top awards and recognitions this year at Sebastopol Film Festival (Audience Award for Best Short and Best of the Fest), Cleveland International Film Festival (Jury Prize for Best Documentary Short), Geneva Film Festival (Jury Award for Best Documentary Short) and Chicago International Film Festival (Audience Choice Award for Best Short Film). The film also had sold-out screenings at DOC NYC 2014.