There’s a good chance that if I said “Elaine Stritch,” you’d say “who?” But if I said “Alec Baldwin’s crazy mom from 30 Rock,” you’d say “Oh I love her!” Indeed, Stritch garnered newfound popularity with the role of Colleen Donaghy (and won an Emmy), but there’s a lot more to her story. Stritch, now 89, has been a Broadway star since the mid-1940s. This documentary follows her around for a year or so on the streets of New York City, at work on 30 Rock, and preparing for a one-woman show performing Stephen Sondheim tunes. She’s a salty old broad; prone to tossing one-liners, insults and F-bombs every other minute. I’d imagine she’d have Don Rickles running to keep up. But underneath that tough and sassy veneer is a woman struggling with both alcoholism and diabetes. The doc never flinches, and Stritch is the most fascinating when’s she at her most vulnerable. Director Chiemi Karasawa will be on hand at the Loft Cinema for a post-film discussion on Friday, March 21 and Saturday, March 22.
Director: Chiemi Karasawa
Producer: Chiemi Karasawa, Elizabeth Hemmerdinger, Alec Baldwin and Cheryl Wiesenfeld