PELHAM, N.Y. – The Picture House Regional Film Center in Pelham will present an advance screening of the new documentary “Miss Sharon Jones!” with a post-film discussion and Q&A with director Barbara Kopple on Wednesday, July 20, at 7:30 p.m.
In “Miss Sharon Jones!,” two-time Academy Award winner Kopple follows R&B queen Sharon Jones — who has been called “the female James Brown”— over the course of an eventful year, as she battles a cancer diagnosis and struggles to hold her band, The Dap-Kings, together. The documentary follows her on an emotional journey as she goes through chemotherapy and struggles to mount a comeback show at New York’s Beacon Theater.
“Miss Sharon Jones!” premiered at Toronto International Film Festival in September 2015 and was the featured opening night film of DOC NYC 2016. After the film, Picture House critic-in-residence Marshall Fine will moderate the discussion and Q&A with the two-time Academy Award-winning director and producer.
Kopple recently received a Lifetime Achievement Award at DOC NYC’s Visionaries Tribute. In addition to “Miss Sharon Jones!,” Kopple’s other recent projects include “Shelter,” which delves into the psychological trauma created by military service; “Hot Type: 150 Years of The Nation,” which examines America’s oldest continuously published weekly magazine through the eyes of the passionate journalists who have sustained its critical voice; and “Running from Crazy,” which premiered at Sundance in 2013 and received a 2014 Primetime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special.
She also directed, “The House of Steinbrenner,” part of ESPN’s Emmy-nominated “30 for 30” series, which received a 2010 Peabody Award as well as the International Documentary Association Award for Best Continuing Series, and “Steamfitters Local Union 638” in 2007 for HBO’s “Addiction” series.
Tickets to the special advance screening and discussion are $15 for general admission, and $12 for students, seniors and members. Click here to purchase tickets or buy them at the box office, 175 Wolfs Lane, Pelham.