Once known a the framework for independent film to reach a wider audience, the Sundance FIlm Festival is now a showcase for the rich and famous to showcase stabs at cinema gold. More or less. Take, for example, Jennifer Siebel-Newsom, whose documentary Miss Representation premiered.
Local photographer Drew Altizer, whose new site SFWire.com keeps track of all your favorite local rich freakazoids, snapped these shots of the former SF first lady Jennifer Siebel-Newsom and her pals, including Gloria Steinem and
Jo Reynolds Daphne Zuniga.
Siebel-Newsom's documentary features Margaret Cho, Katie Couric, Geena Davis, Rosario Dawson, Dianne Feinstein, Jane Fonda, Paul Haggis, Catherine Hardwicke, Dolores Huerta, Jackson Katz, Jean Kilbourne, Martha Lauzen, Lisa Ling, Rachel Maddow, and more. According to its IMDB page, the movie "[e]xplores the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America, and challenges the media's limited portrayal of what it means to be a powerful woman" Which sounds right up our alley, so look elsewhere for snide commentary about it.
Speaking of snide, Dede Wilsey's son Todd Traina debuted his newest film at Sundance, too. It's called Another Happy Day, a film about "touchy dynamics." It looks good. Unless it's loaded with quirky characters. In which case, forget it. We loathe quirky characters, which is what, for us, made Six Feet Under unwatchable. We digress.
Read all about Drew's Sundance hobnobbing at SFWire.