SummerDocs: ‘JOAN BAEZ I AM A NOISE’ on August 13

This year’s SummerDocs series wraps up with a very special evening on Sunday, August 13: the legendary singer Joan Baez will join us for the documentary about her life and work JOAN BAEZ I AM A NOISE. And following the screening, she will be interviewed by the singular Laurie Anderson!

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Directed by Miri Navasky, Maeve O’Boyle, Karen O’Connor
Sunday, August 13 | 7:00PM | Regal UA East Hampton

Due to unforeseen circumstances, we had to postpone the screening, but wonderfully, we were able to reschedule the event for Sunday, August 13, also at 7:00pm. Ticketbuyers will receive an email with options.

Facing the end of a 60-year musical career, legendary singer and activist Joan Baez takes an honest look back and a deep look inward as she tries to make sense of her large history-making life and reveals, for the first time, personal struggles she’s kept private, until now.

JOAN BAEZ I AM A NOISE is an unusually intimate psychological portrait of legendary folk singer and activist Joan Baez. Neither a conventional biopic nor a traditional concert film, this immersive documentary shifts back and forth through time as it follows Joan on her final tour and delves into her extraordinary archive, including newly discovered home movies, diaries, artwork, therapy tapes, and audio recordings. Throughout the film, Baez is remarkably revealing about her life on and off stage – from her lifelong emotional struggles to her civil rights work with MLK and a heartbreaking romance with a young Bob Dylan. A searingly honest look at a living legend, this film is a compelling and deeply personal exploration of an iconic artist who has never told the full truth of her life, as she experienced it, until now.

Following the film, Joan Baez and Karen O’Connor will join the avant-garde artist Laurie Anderson for an intimate conversation.*

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Laurie Anderson is a writer, director, composer, visual artist, musician and vocalist who has created groundbreaking works that span the worlds of art, theater, experimental music, and technology. Her recording career was launched by O Superman in 1981. Anderson has created numerous audio-visual installations as well as films including Heart of a Dog (2015 Venice and Toronto Film Festivals), and has contributed music to films by Wim Wenders and Jonathan Demme, dance pieces by Bill T. Jones, Trisha Brown, Molissa Fenley, and scores for theater productions including plays by Robert LePage.

As a performer and musician, she has collaborated with many people including Brian Eno, Jean-Michel Jarre, William S. Burroughs, Peter Gabriel, Robert Wilson, Christian McBride and Philip Glass. Anderson has published ten books and been nominated for five Grammys throughout her recording career. Her visual work is on long term display at MASS MoCA and her three virtual reality works, Chalkroom, Aloft, and To The Moon, collaborations with the artist Hsin-Chien Huang, won several awards including Best VR Experience at the 74th Venice International Film Festival in 2017 and were featured in the Cannes Film Festival in 2019. She has received numerous honorary doctorates, prizes and awards including the Guggenheim Fellowship, Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize, and the Wolf Prize. Her life partner as well as her collaborator was Lou Reed from 1992 onward. They married in 2008 and worked on numerous projects together until his death in 2013. Anderson lives in New York City.

A retrospective of her work, Looking into a Mirror Sideways, is currently on display at the Moderna Museet in Stockholm.

Past SummerDocs selections have gone on to be shortlisted, be nominated and even win an Academy Award® for Best Documentary Feature Film, including NAVALNY (2023), FIRE OF LOVE (2023), SUMMER OF SOUL (2021), ICARUS (2017), TWENTY FEET FROM STARDOM (2013), SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN (2012), and THE COVE (2009). 

The series has also featured films from filmmakers including Sara Dosa, Fisher Stevens, Rory Kennedy, Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing, Andrew Rossi, Chiemi Karasawa, Jesse Moss, Morgan Neville, Marina Zenovich, Louie Psihoyos, and Steve James.

>> Check out the archive of SummerDocs screenings since 2009.