Love & Diane
2002 | 155 minutes | Color | 35mm/DVD | Order No. 03814
"This epic documentary is destined to become one of the touchstones of American nonfiction cinema."
" Love and Diane is sheer exhilaration, a movie of awesome emotional power and devastating social relevance...such a richly humanizing experience. It is vital, necessary film that deserves the widest possible audience"
"...tremendous emotional force and uncompromising honesty…Dworkin brilliantly uses …form to involve the viewer in a warts-and-all complexity that confounds facile judgment, while creating the frustrating slowness of a system of social services that often nurtures the very ill it attempts to cure"
" Jennifer Dworkin's compelling documentary immerses you so intensely in the problems of the Hazzards...that by the end of its two and a half hours you feel almost like a member of the household."
"Forget about The Bachelor, Fear Factor and Survivor. Love & Diane is the real deal in reality TV. Shot over ten years by first-time filmmaker Jennifer Dworkin, the PBS ...illustrates the seismic effects of addiction, poverty, abandonment and often-abusive foster care."
SCREENING HIGHLIGHTS AND AWARDS
- Sundance Film Festival
- Dallas Video Festival
- Cleveland International Film Festival
- PRISM Award Nominee
- Independent Spirit Award - DirectTV/IFC Truer Than Fiction Award
- Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
- The New York Film Festival
- Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival
- Locarno International Film Festival - Golden Leopard
- One World International Film Festival - Best Documentary
- San Francisco International Film Festival
- IDFA, International Documentarty Film Festival Amsterdam
- Cinema Du Reel Film Festival
- Nashville Independent Film Festival
- Film de Femmes International Film Festival
- Get Reel Black Film Festival
- Boston Women's Film Festival
LOVE & DIANE is Jennifer Dworkin’s first film. Jennifer was born in New York but grew up in England, returning to the United States for college. She has an MA and is pursuing a PhD in Philosophy at Cornell University but is currently on leave. Her research was on the subject of conscious access and self-knowledge. She is the recipient of several research fellowships and was awarded the 1997 Fellowship for Excellence in Research and Academic Promise in the Cognitive Sciences from Cornell University. Jennifer Dworkin has known some members of the family portrayed in LOVE & DIANE since 1989, when she taught photography workshops for children in NYC Tier II shelter system. These workshops grew into a program teaching kids still photography and filmmaking with Super 8 cameras. She has worked extensively as a volunteer and group leader for several children’s charities. Jennifer learned filmmaking in the course of making this documentary (over many years). (09/09)