DECONSTRUCTING KAREN

ACTIVE CINEMA | DOCS

US 2022, 73 min, Director: Patty Ivins Specht

The nonprofit Race2Dinner aims to challenge liberal white women on their biases and blind spots about racism in America — one dinner at a time. Shot months before the COVID-19 lockdown and racial awakening of 2020, this documentary from director Patty Ivins Specht and executive producer Anna Paquin finds a group of Denver-area white women volunteering to break bread at one such event and discovering they may have bitten off more than they can chew. As Race2Dinner founders Regina Jackson and Saira Rao share their lived experiences in Black and Brown skin, the film follows a course from initial pushback, defensiveness, and anger to — remarkably — listening, understanding, and growth. Specht also shows the work behind the work, as Jackson and Rao expand Race2Dinner to other areas of the country, opening up a vital new avenue to hold difficult but urgent conversations with the power to change hearts and minds. —Kris Chesson

EXPECTED GUEST: director Patty Ivins Specht, Saira Rao, Ruth Ann Hirnasch, and Regina Jackson

The Oct 9 screening will be followed by a filmmaker Talk Back at the Outdoor Art Club at 3:30pm. Join us to continue the conversation!



Showtimes

In-Person


1:45 PM — Sequoia 2

3:00 PM — Rafael 2

Director

Patty Ivins is an Emmy-award winning producer, director and writer. Ivins has focused her work on documentaries about womanhood (Logo’s HUNGRY, Discovery’s Mean Girls Mind Games, PBS’s Girls on the Wall), and equality and awareness (Logo’s Light in the Water and Showtime’s Reversal of Fortune) plus entertainment-focused documentaries like A&E Biography and AMC’s Marilyn Monroe: THE FINAL DAYS which also included an extensive re-mastering of director George Cukor’s unfinished Marilyn vehicle SOMETHING’S GOTTA GIVE.

Film Info

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Year:

2022

Running Time:

73 min

Director:

Patty Ivins Spect

Producers:

Ruth Ann Harnisch, Regina Jackson, Saira Rao, Rit Saraswat

Cinematographers:

Gretchen Warthen

Editors:

Elisa Bonora

Writers:

Elisa Bonora, Patty Ivins Specht, Rit Saraswat

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