“To become involved with a work of art entails, to be sure, the experience of detaching oneself from the world. But the work of art itself is also a vibrant, magical, and exemplary object which returns us to the world in some way more open and enriched.” – Susan Sontag, On Style
One of the towering intellectual figures of the 20th century, Susan Sontag – essayist, political activist, feminist, novelist, playwright and filmmaker – was as provocative as she was unconventional. She was a thinker and activist with a remarkably wide-ranging eye; her thoughts on everything from photography and pop culture to war and torture still resonate today.
Collecting a Special Mention from the Tribeca Film Festival jury, Regarding Susan Sontag is a nuanced portrait from documentarian Nancy Kates, best known for her critically acclaimed Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin. Using experimental visuals, archival material and revealing interviews with Sontag’s friends, lovers, family and detractors, Kates presents an intriguing look at a singular and contradictory woman: intelligent and adventurous, but long-closeted about her bisexuality, outspoken and brash in person, yet privately vulnerable.