Bird by Bird with Annie: A Film Portrait of Writer Anne Lamott
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From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Freida Lee Mock (Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision), BIRD BY BIRD WITH ANNIE offers an intimate portrait of the writer and her craft, interweaving the story of Lamott's life - in itself a deeply moving tale of addiction and redemption, grief and joy, intellect and faith - with a year's worth of interviews, public lectures, and readings, and footage of the writer at work, focusing particularly on Lamott's candid, humorous, and disarmingly straightforward advice on the struggles and joys of writing. In the end, the author s genuine reassurance and guidance concerning the actual process of writing - which has little resemblance to its glorified image - becomes a stirring call to action that celebrates the potential of each individual, the silencing of our inner critics, and the courage to create something honest, meaningful, and real.
Poignant and inspirational, BIRD BY BIRD WITH ANNIE takes us deep into Anne Lamott's intoxicatingly brave world, one in which writing is a means of finding out who we are, how we live, and why we're here.
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I recommend this film and ALL of her work. Brilliant.
In another scene, she takes her son to an old age retirement nursing home. Although a successful writer, her sprirituality still is in front as she reaches out to others. There are many church scenes in the movie where apparently the churches that she belongs to have sustained her and helped her come out of her addiction and alcoholism. Some of the church scenes could have been edited down a tad but this is a minor complaint.
When she is shown speaking at Book Fairs, there are shots of her audience. Many in the audience respond to Anne and connect with her and others are shown bored out of their gourds! and/or not knowing quite how to take this quirky lady! That's OK. That's Anne!!Read more ›
This .... well .... doesn't come anywhere near that level. This is not to say Anne Lamott isn't inspiring, I just didn't think as highly of the documentary format.
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Loved this film! Anne is so endearing -- I feel like we're friends. Ahhh. Bravo!Published 15 days ago by Skipperooney
This is my go to ,when reminding myself of the art and craft of storytelling.
I could revisit this book every year and learn something new each time. So love Anne's voice and wisdom, on writing and on life.Published 5 months ago by Lynda Abel
I received the DVDs on time and they worked in my player. Even though this was filmed in 1997, it shows Anne Lamott's spirit and faith.Published 17 months ago by A. L. Huffington
loved the documentary but I love anne lamott so I know I'm biased. if you're a fan, it's a great opportunity to see her in action.Published 18 months ago by bgone
After reading many of Anne Lamott's books, it was a treat to see and hear her. She seems to be a very good teacher as well as a writer and speaker. Read morePublished on May 11, 2014 by Jane M. Pfefferkorn