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Roman Polanski Rape Victim Samantha Geimer on Tarantino, Polanski, and Why Apologies Matter [Exclusive]

Roman Polanski Rape Victim Samantha Geimer on Tarantino, Polanski, and Why Apologies Matter [Exclusive]
Samantha Geimer contended with sexual assault in Hollywood long before the truth came out about Harvey Weinstein. In 1977, Geimer was 13 years old when Roman Polanski gave her alcohol and pills, then raped and sodomized her, in Jack Nicholson’s Hollywood home. In the midst of the ensuing media mayhem, he was accused of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor and fled the country, never to return. Geimer reentered public life following the 2008 release of Marina Zenovich’s documentary “Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired,” and has testified that Polanski should be sentenced to time served rather than facing a new trial for the crime. In 2014, she wrote a memoir about her experiences, and has publicly forgiven him.

See More:Quentin Tarantino Apologizes to Roman Polanski Victim Samantha Geimer For Howard Stern Comments [Exclusive]

Most recently, Geimer resurfaced in the media in a roundabout fashion, when 2003 comments made by Quentin Tarantino on Howard
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“The First Assembly Had Two Major Editing Flaws”: Editors Greg Finton & Poppy Das on Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind

Perhaps best known for her biographical documentaries (including two on Roman Polanski and one on Richard Pryor), Marina Zenovich’s latest film Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind is an intimate look at the late comic and actor. Set to air later this year on HBO, the film draws upon a vast assembly of archival materials, many previously unknown to the public, to cover Williams’s extensive career. Editors Greg Finton and Poppy Das discuss the challenges of crafting a portrait that focused on the comedy rather than the tragedy of Williams’s life. Filmmaker: How and why did you wind up being the editor […]
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Review: Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind (Sundance)

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Plot: The life of Robin Williams, as told through archival footage and interviews with those who knew him best. Review: There were sobs heard inside the Park City Holiday Village Cinema when journalists finally got to see the eagerly anticipated Robin Williams doc, Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind. Produced by HBO Films, this comprehensive documentary by Marina Zenovich takes a humane, insightful look at the... Read More...
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Roman Polanski Doc Director Weighs in on Whether Academy Should Expel Oscar Winner (Video)

  • The Wrap
Roman Polanski Doc Director Weighs in on Whether Academy Should Expel Oscar Winner (Video)
Marina Zenovich, the director of the 2008 documentary “Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired,” says the court of public opinion should not decide if the “Chinatown” director is expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences over the sexual abuse case that led him to flee the United States 40 years ago. “I think that the Academy should decide; I don’t think that Twitter should decide,” Zenovich told TheWrap’s CEO and Editor-in-Chief Sharon Waxman at the Sundance Film Festival. Zenovich is at Sundance for the premiere of her latest documentary, “Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind,” a look at the...
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Sundance Film Review: ‘Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind’

Sundance Film Review: ‘Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind’
In “Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind,” a documentary that’s sharp-edged, humane, and deeply researched enough to take you closer to the manic engine of Williams’ brilliance and pain than you were before, the smartest decision made by the director, Marina Zenovich, was to use a great many never-before-seen outtakes, as well as clips from obscure or forgotten performances, so that Williams’ routines hit the audience with a fresh ping. In one of the most spectacular of these clips, the film replays the extended acceptance speech he made for Best Actor at the 2003 Critics’ Choice awards.

Williams didn’t actually win the award. He was up for his turn as a creepy psycho nerd in “One Hour Photo” (to me, a rather overrated stunt of a performance), and he lost. There was, in fact, a tie that year, with the award going to both the other nominees: Daniel Day-Lewis for “Gangs of New York” and Jack Nicholson
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‘Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind’ Film Review: HBO Doc Remembers Comic Actor With Tough Love

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‘Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind’ Film Review: HBO Doc Remembers Comic Actor With Tough Love
Free association has rarely been freer than in the mind of Robin Williams, whose gift for improvisation made him one of the most respected comedians and dramatic actors of his generation. And in “Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind,” director Marina Zenovich (“Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired”) pops the hood and shows us some of what made this artist tick. It’s a film that, early on, feels like a standard catch-a-rising-star celebrity hagiography, but as the story continues — and the impressive line-up of interviewees get deeper into their memories of Williams — the film achieves a balance between celebration...
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Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind review – loving documentary misses bigger picture

Marina Zenovich’s look at the late comedy legend is filled with genuine affection and remarkable archive footage, but there’s a frustrating hesitance to go deeper

Marina Zenovich has become a specialist in biographical documentaries, following her excellent films on Roman Polanski and Richard Pryor with this new film on the much-missed Robin Williams. The difference this time is that whereas her previous work allowed for significant critique of their subject, Zenovich appears to be coming only from a place of deep love and respect for Williams. This desire to pull punches in presenting his darker side beyond occasional lip service makes for a viewing experience where we often feel we aren’t getting the whole picture for fear of offending the recently deceased.

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‘Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind’ Review: Make ‘Em Laugh | Sundance 2018

A little over three years ago, Robin Williams died, and watching Marina Zenovich’s moving documentary Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind, I realized that I’ll never be completely at peace with that, which is a weird thing for a performer I never even met let alone knew personally. And yet what the documentary does so well is show why Williams was special, and a unique comic personality. Although the documentary doesn’t shy away from the more tumultuous aspects of Williams life, Zenovich takes a fairly straightforward approach, not really challenging the documentary form and letting Williams carry …
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'Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind': Film Review | Sundance 2018

'Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind': Film Review | Sundance 2018
At the start of Marina Zenovich's Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind, interviewer James Lipton asks Williams what many have wondered: Does he, as his quicksilver monologues seem to prove, simply think faster than the rest of us? The actor cackles for a moment, as if he wished the explanation were so simple, before breaking into a signature quick-change rant.

Viewers will walk away from this film without knowing the answer to Lipton's question — are the mechanics of Williams' intense and unpredictable riffs even knowable? — but they will likely be refreshed by a cleansing exposure to his talent, a film...
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“The Art of Silently Weeping While Pulling Focus at the Same Time”: Dp Nick Higgins on Shooting Robin Williams: Come Inside My Head?

Following Water & Power: A California Heist in 2017 and Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired in 2008, Marina Zenovich returns to Sundance for a third time with Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind, her documentary on the late comedic maestro. Documentary Dp Nick Higgins served as one of four cinematographers on the project. Higgins was the sole Dp on O.J.: Made in America and has more than 50 cinematography credits to his name. Below, he shares his thoughts on lighting documentary subjects and why he prefers to shoot interviews with a single camera. Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind screens four times at Sundance 2018. Filmmaker: […]
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Sundance 2018 Women Directors: Meet Marina Zenovich — “Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind”

Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind”: Mark Sennet/ Life Picture Collection

Marina Zenovich is an Emmy-winning filmmaker whose credits include “Independent’s Day,” “Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired,” and “Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic.”

“Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind” will premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival on January 19.

W&H: Describe the film for us in your own words.

Mz: It’s a funny and heartbreaking documentary about comedian and actor Robin Williams.

W&H: What drew you to this story?

Mz: I’m a fan of his and thought he had a compelling story to tell. I also wanted to know more about him.

W&H: What do you want people to think about when they are leaving the theater?

Mz: I want people to really appreciate Robin for all that he was — I think they do that already, but I’ve heard that
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David Letterman Shares His First Impressions of Robin Williams in Clip from New Documentary

David Letterman Shares His First Impressions of Robin Williams in Clip from New Documentary
A new documentary is taking an intimate, heartfelt look at the life and career of Robin Williams.

Told largely by the comedian himself, HBO’s Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind peels back the curtain on the unique entertainer’s incredible time in show business. The film also features a wealth of never-before-seen footage and in-depth interviews with many of his famous friends, including Billy Crystal and David Letterman.

In a clip exclusive to People, Letterman recalls the first time he saw Williams onstage. “When we first saw Robin onstage, we were skeptical,” the talk show host says. “In my head,
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Joan Jett, Robin Williams Documentaries to Premiere at Sundance

Joan Jett, Robin Williams Documentaries to Premiere at Sundance
The 2018 Sundance Film Festival has announced their selected feature films. Among the 110 independent films from around the globe, the festival will also premiere documentaries on Joan Jett, Robin Williams and Studio 54.

Directed by Kevin Kerslake and written by Joel Marcus, Bad Reputation focuses on the life of Joan Jett. It's described as chronicling "her early years as the founder of The Runaways and first meeting collaborator Kenny Laguna in 1980 to her enduring presence in pop culture as a rock ‘n’ roll pioneer."

Director Marina Zenovich culls never-before-seen footage and
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Harvey Weinstein: His Career Timeline of Sexual Harassment Allegations

Harvey Weinstein: His Career Timeline of Sexual Harassment Allegations
In this week’s missile of a The New York Times story about the many alleged indiscretions of Harvey Weinstein, one of his past colleagues, former Miramax Los Angeles president Mark Gill, describes Weinstein’s professional climb from indie producer to Hollywood titan. “From the outside, it seemed golden — the Oscars, the success, the remarkable cultural impact.” Yet Gill said the persistent whispers that Weinstein was mistreating women were in fact “the biggest mess of all.”

While The Weinstein Co. co-founder publicly championed women’s rights, his accusers say that he was a hypocrite, secretly propositioning them for massages, kisses and more. One month after Weinstein distributed “The Hunting Ground,” a documentary about rapes on university campuses, he allegedly groped a college-aged woman in his office. Weinstein, 65, has a well-documented, on-the-record history of unflattering behavior, even against women (like in 2002, when he publicly berated director Julie Taymor at a screening of her film,
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TV News Roundup: HBO Acquires TV Rights to ‘David Bowie: The Last Five Years’

TV News Roundup: HBO Acquires TV Rights to ‘David Bowie: The Last Five Years’
In today’s roundup, HBO will air “David Bowie: The Last Five Years” this summer after acquiring the U.S. TV rights, Cartoon Network’s “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs” set to premiere in March, and more.

Deals

HBO has acquired the U.S. TV rights to documentary “David Bowie: The Last Five Years.” Directed and produced by Francis Whately, the film spotlights the legendary singer and actor’s last two albums and Broadway musical, offering new insights into the final five years of Bowie’s life through rarely-seen interviews of the man himself, archival footage, audio from the recording sessions for “The Next Day” and “Blackstar,” and unprecedented access to Bowie’s closest friends and artistic collaborators. Earlier this month, Bowie posthumously swept the 2017 Grammy Awards with five wins for his final album “Blackstar.”

Casting

Celebrated chef and restaurateur Aarón Sánchez will join Gordon Ramsay and Christina Tosi as the third judge for the upcoming
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'Water & Power: A California Heist': Film Review | Sundance 2017

'Water & Power: A California Heist': Film Review | Sundance 2017
Documentarian Marina Zenovich, whose most prominent films to date — Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired and Roman Polanski: Odd Man Out — have both revolved around the director of Chinatown, seemingly takes inspiration from Jake Gittes' noir investigation in this left-turn from celeb-oriented docs to enviro-political ones. In Water & Power: A California Heist, Zenovich tackles a subject of enormous importance, but fails to match that import with dramatic storytelling. The often dry film about water rights is appropriate for the National Geographic network, but is unlikely to connect with many viewers who don't already have some knowledge of the subject.

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“How Do You Show Something That Isn’t There?”: Dp Sam Painter on Water & Power: A California Heist

The story of California is indelibly tied to water. Marina Zenovich, the director of well-received docs on Roman Polanski (Wanted and Desired) and Richard Pryor (Omit the Logic), explores this relationship in Water & Power: A California Heist, which screened in competition this week at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Her film investigates the state’s ongoing water crisis with an emphasis on Chinatown-esque corruption. Zenovich tapped Dp Sam Painter (Going Clear) as one of two cinematographers for the film. Painter spoke with Filmmaker ahead of Water & Power‘s premiere about the film’s blend of hand held footage, dramatically lit interviews and drone imagery. Filmmaker: […]
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‘Water & Power’ Director Talks Threat to Us Water Supply (Exclusive Video)

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After documentaries about Roman Polanski and Richard Pryor, director Marina Zenovich decided to explore the complicated issue of California water rights in her new documentary “Water & Power: A California Heist.” “Water is in the hands of private companies,” Zenovich told TheWrap’s CEO Sharon Waxman while promoting her film at the Sundance Film Festival. “Some companies we don’t even identify in the film because there are so many people trying to get their hands on our public resource.” In her film, she peels back the layers of California’s convoluted water structure — which pits wealthy water barons against small farmers and.
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Key Players Fuel Walk of Fame Honoree Brett Ratner’s RatPac Entertainment

While Brett Ratner is the face of RatPac, the company’s ambitious mandate — from Warner Bros. blockbusters, mid-range budgeted comedies and dramas, and smaller specialty pics, as well as documentaries — calls for a crack team of pros to keep all of the different projects on track. Meet the company toppers who keep RatPac humming.

Paul Neinstein

Chief Operating Officer

RatPac Entertainment

Neinstein oversees all corporate business, legal, financial, and day-to-day operations. Before joining RatPac in 2014, Neinstein served as exec VP in charge of business affairs for Paramount, and was previously a partner at Spyglass Entertainment Group. A member of the executive branch of AMPAS with a background in law, Neinstein has cinema in his veins. “RatPac is a phenomenal brand and [founder] Brett [Ratner] is amazing at understanding that, and growing and expanding the brand, and diversifying us as a business. It’s a 24/7 job but it’s highly rewarding and I absolutely love it,
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Sundance Past & Present: Seven Hair-Raising Lessons from Returning Filmmakers

Sundance Past & Present: Seven Hair-Raising Lessons from Returning Filmmakers
Filmmakers around the world harbor the same fantasy: I’m going to make a film so good that it will play the Sundance Film Festival, score rave reviews, sell in an overnight bidding war for a multi-million-dollar minimum guarantee to a major theatrical buyer, open in packed theaters around the country, and launch my career.

Right.

Truth is, this hardly ever happens. We checked in with a group of lauded Sundance filmmakers, all who are returning to the festival this year with new films, to glean what they learned the hard way from their Sundance experiences.

1. Manage expectations.

Alex Ross Perry (“Golden Exits”): My first time was with “Listen Up Philip” [2014], which was a huge step forward from my last movie, “The Color Wheel,” which I made for $25,000 with all my friends. This was a sizable, produced movie with a cast of well-known people [Jason Schwartzman, Elizabeth Moss, Jonathan Pryce]. The first days was all
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