Nov 9-13, 2017

Call Her Applebroog

WITH GUEST FILMMAKER BETH B

Run Time: 70 mins USA Language: English

Synopsis

This deeply personal portrait of acclaimed New York–based artist Ida Applebroog was shot with mischievous reverence by her filmmaker daughter, Beth B. Born in the Bronx to Orthodox Jewish émigrés from Poland, Applebroog, now in her 80s, looks back at how she expressed herself through decades of drawings and paintings, as well as her private journals. With her daughter’s encouragement, she investigates the stranger that is her former self, a woman who found psychological and sexual liberation through art. As Beth B finds a deeper understanding of her mother as a human being, Applebroog shares a newfound appreciation for her own provocative work.

‘Call Her Applebroog,’ a brief feature about the inventive, provocative artist Ida Applebroog, is less a documentary than a love letter… Beth B is not out to deliver a comprehensive biography. Instead, she achieves a vivid snapshot of a still-vital artist late in a still-purposeful life.

– Glenn Kenny, The New York Times

This deeply personal portrait of acclaimed New York–based artist Ida Applebroog was shot with mischievous reverence by her filmmaker daughter, Beth B. Born in the Bronx to Orthodox Jewish émigrés from Poland, Applebroog, now in her 80s, looks back at how she expressed herself through decades of drawings and paintings, as well as her private journals. With her daughter’s encouragement, she investigates the stranger that is her former self, a woman who found psychological and sexual liberation through art. As Beth B finds a deeper understanding of her mother as a human being, Applebroog shares a newfound appreciation for her own provocative work.

‘Call Her Applebroog,’ a brief feature about the inventive, provocative artist Ida Applebroog, is less a documentary than a love letter… Beth B is not out to deliver a comprehensive biography. Instead, she achieves a vivid snapshot of a still-vital artist late in a still-purposeful life.

– Glenn Kenny, The New York Times

Film Details

USA, 2016
DIRECTED BY BETH B
WRITTEN BY BETH B
CINEMATOGRAPHY BY BETH B
EDITED BY BETH B
MUSIC BY JIM COLEMAN
CAST: IDA APPLEBROOG
RUNNING TIME: 70 MINS

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