On Thurs., Oct. 18, members of the Providence Country Day School community and the general public are invited to the first local screening of "RBG." The newly released and highly acclaimed documentary explores the life and career of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Director and producer Betsy West will accompany the special screening and lead a Q&A immediately following the film.
At the age of 85, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed a lengthy legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. But the unique personal journey of her rise to the nation's highest court has been largely unknown, even to some of her biggest fans. Created by West and Julie Cohen, and co-produced by Storyville Films and CNN Films, "RBG" explores Ginsburg's life and career.
Since its world premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and theatrical release in May, "RBG" has been widely applauded by critics and is now one of the top grossing documentaries of all time. "RBG" co-director and producer Betsy West shares an affection for the PCD community and selected the school for the special screening event. Her late father, Evan West, served as headmaster of PCD for more than 20 years.
Rhode Island native Betsy West is an award-winning filmmaker, journalist and educator. She was executive producer of the Makers documentary and digital project (AOL & PBS, 2012), the feature documentary The Lavender Scare (2017) and the short doc 4%: Film's Gender Problem (Epix, 2016). She is a principal at Storyville Films where she co-produced Constantine's Sword (First Run Features, 2007).
A producer and executive for over two decades at ABC News, West received 21 Emmy® Awards and two duPont-Columbia Awards for her work on "Nightline" and "PrimeTimeLive" and the documentary program" Turning Point," where she served as executive producer. As senior vice president at CBS News from 1998-2005, she oversaw "60 Minutes" and "48 Hours," and was executive in charge of the CBS documentary 9/11, winner of the Primetime Emmy® Award in 2002.
A graduate of Brown University, West holds a Master's in Communications from Syracuse University. In 2007, she joined the faculty at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where she is the Fred W. Friendly Professor of Professional Practice in Media and Society.
The "RBG" screening will begin at 7 p.m. on Thurs., Oct. 18 in the Corkery Auditorium on the Providence Country Day School campus. The film's run time is 97 minutes and the Q&A with Betsy West will immediately follow.