From Emmy-nominated filmmaker Joanna Rudnick (In the Family) and Chicago’s Kartemquin Films comes a story about challenging norms and redefining beauty. On Beauty follows fashion photographer Rick Guidotti, who left the fashion world when he grew frustrated with having to work within the restrictive parameters of the industry’s standard of beauty. After a chance encounter with a young woman who had the genetic condition albinism, Rick re-focused his lens on those too often relegated to the shadows to change the way we see and experience beauty. Joanna has worked as a producer, director and a former Director of Development for Kartemquin over the past decade. On Beauty will have its theatrical premiere on Friday, July 24 at the Laemmle Music Hall in Beverly Hills and run daily until July 30. The film will then have a week-long theatrical run beginning on Friday, July 31 at Cinema Village in New York. Director / Producer Rudnick stops by to talk about what her experiences have taught her about the impact “beauty” has on the lives of people around the world and how why changing those prejudices is so important.
On Beauty has won top awards and recognitions at Sebastopol Film Festival (Audience Award for Best Short and Best of the Fest), Cleveland International Film Festival (Jury Prize for Best Documentary Short), Geneva Film Festival (Jury Award for Best Documentary Short) and Chicago International Film Festival (Audience Choice Award for Best Short Film). The film also had sold-out screenings at DOC NYC.
“The latest jewel in the crown of Kartemquin Films” and wrote that “All societally imposed stigmas evaporate under Guidotti’s nurturing, tirelessly exuberant gaze. Watching these girls grow comfortable in their own skin is a joy to behold. ‘On Beauty’ is, quite simply, a masterful example of how cinema can serve as a humanizing force in the world. We need films like this. We can’t afford to lose them.” – Rogerebert.com