Adirondack Film Society and Zonta Club of the Adirondacks, thanks to a generous gift from the Law Office of Whitson and Tansey
A New Film About Women's Rights Champion and Unexpected Pop-Culture Icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg
At the age of 85, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed a breathtaking legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. But without a definitive Ginsburg biography, the unique personal journey of this diminutive, quiet warrior's rise to the nation's highest court has been largely unknown, even to some of her biggest fans—until now. RBG is a revelatory documentary exploring Ginsburg's exceptional life and career from co-directors/co-producers Betsy West and Julie Cohen, co-produced by Storyville Films and CNN Films.
The Fierce Urgency of Making the Film Now
"It was three years ago, January 2015, that we first had the idea of making a feature documentary about Ruth Bader Ginsburg," write Betsy West and Julie Cohen in their "Directors' Statement." "We had both, separately, interviewed the Justice for projects in the past, and had both admired her trailblazing work for women's rights. But that was before she had broken out as the octogenarian rock star "Notorious RBG," with millennials extolling her virtues on Twitter and Tumblr, stocking up on RBG tee-shirts and tote bags and, in extreme cases, getting tattoos—big, permanent, multi-color tattoos—of her face.
"Talking about the RBG phenomenon one day, we turned to each other and said 'we need to make a documentary about Justice Ginsburg right now'.... Meeting RBG in person is a powerful experience. Her voice is soft, but her words are so clear and carefully chosen that you find yourself drawing closer, riveted. After Donald Trump's election, the most frequent reaction we got when we told people about the film was, 'How is her health? Is she OK?' We want audiences to see for themselves the Notorious RBG in action—staying up late into the night crafting blistering dissents and doing the planks, squats and push-ups that keep her in shape to do the job she loves."
"A loving and informative documentary portrait of Justice Ginsburg during her 85th year on earth and her 25th on the bench....The movie's touch is light and its spirit buoyant, but there is no mistaking its seriousness or its passion. Those qualities resonate powerfully in the dissents that may prove to be Justice Ginsburg's most enduring legacy, and 'RBG' is, above all, a tribute to her voice." — A.O. Scott, New York Times