Documentary RBG

Saturday, April 14, 2018
1:00 p.m.
Castro Theatre

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Directors Julie Cohen and Betsy West are expected to attend.


While most Americans think of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as a progressive superhero and the beacon of left-leaning thinking on a court that veers ever-rightward, this raucous and informative documentary portrait reveals the complex history that brought her to this point. From her legal career as a pioneer of gender discrimination cases to her friendship with Antonin Scalia to her long and love-filled marriage, filmmakers West and Cohen reveal a deep thinker as well as an icon who lives up to her star billing.

"In Betsy West and Julie Cohen’s wide-ranging RBG, Ginsburg’s life — and its many lessons, both learned and taught — come to entertaining and energetic life. It’s a fist-pumping, crowd-pleasing documentary that makes one heck of a play to remind people of Ginsburg’s vitality and importance, now more than ever." – Kate Erbland, Indiewire

Filmmaker Bio(s)

Directors Julie Cohen and Betsy West

Julie Cohen is an Emmy-winning documentary filmmaker who has worked as a producer for Dateline NBC. She also produced and directed Pedro Ruiz: Coming Home (2011); Ndiphilela Ukucula: I Live to Sing (2013); Best of the Fest winner at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, The Sturgeon Queens (2014); and American Veteran (2017).

Betsy West began her career as a television reporter in Syracuse, NY, before she became a producer for ABC’s Nightline and the co-creator and executive producer of the series Turning Point. For her work at ABC, she received 21 Emmy Awards. From 1998-2005, she was a senior vice president at CBS News. She was nominated for an Emmy and a FOCAL International Award for Makers: Women Who Make America (2013). RBG marks her directing debut.

Film Details
  • Country(ies): USA
  • Language(s): English
  • Year: 2018
  • Running time: 97
  • Director(s): Betsy West, Julie Cohen
  • Producer(s): Betsy West, Julie Cohen
  • Cinematographer(s): Claudia Raschke
  • Editor(s): Carla Gutierrez
  • Music: Miriam Cutler

Print Source:

Magnolia Pictures