Taking the audience on a year-long journey with Rivers at age 75, Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work unmasks the iconic, often controversial comedienne, laying bare the challenges and triumphs of life as a female performer. Offering a behind-the-scenes glimpse into her busy schedule and opulent lifestyle, as well as her complicated relationship with plastic surgery, her own private battle with self-worth and the pitfalls of celebrity life, this is a warts-and-all depiction of an American pop cultural phenomenon, who passed away in 2014. Directed by Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg, this festival favourite took home the U.S. Documentary Editing Award at Sundance Film Festival in 2010.
“A thoroughly exhilarating portrait of the agony and ecstasy of celebrity” — Vulture