Sundance Film Festival Follow Up: JOAN RIVERS: A PIECE OF WORK

JOAN RIVERS: A PIECE OF WORK came out just as the comedienne turned 75, a fact her many cosmetic procedures have attempted to conceal. Rivers, however, admits to her age as readily as she dishes out trash talk on the red carpet. One of the hardest and longest working women in show biz, Rivers began acting in her 20s onstage  with a then-unknown Barbara Streisand. She quickly moved to TV where she appeared on Johnny Carson, her long-time mentor. The rest we may think we know, but there’s a lot more to Joan Rivers than the loud-mouthed New Yorker who loves to hate. For one thing, Rivers can certainly dish it out but can take it too, and has been, for decades. Often the butt of many of plastic surgery joke, Rivers is actually way above her petty back and forth with the media. Her dedication to her career, her business savvy as well as her bizarre compulsions are told by directors Ricki Stern and Anne Sundberg, who were nominated for the Grand Jury Prize for Documentary at Sundance last year. This isn’t the first time Stern and Sundberg have worked together before, previously collaborating on the documentaries THE DEVIL CAME ON HORSEBACK and THE TRIALS OF DARRYL HUNT. They didn’t take home the prize, but the film did win the Documentary Film Editing Award, and Joan Rivers didn’t have anything mean to say about it.

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