Film Screening Regarding Susan Sontag (2014)

March 17, 2016, 6:30PM

Bartos Theater
20 Ames Street, Bldg. E15-070
Cambridge, MA 02139

The List Visual Arts Center, along with the Graduate Consortium in Women’s Studies, the MIT Program in Art, Culture, and Technology, and the MIT Program in History, Theory and Criticism of Architecture and Art, is pleased to present a screening and reception for the film Regarding Susan Sontag as a part of the 2016 Women Take the Reel Film Festival.

Regarding Susan Sontag (dir. Nancy Kates, 2014. 101 min.) is an intimate and nuanced investigation into the life of one of the most influential and provocative thinkers of the 20th century. Passionate and gracefully outspoken throughout her career, Susan Sontag became one of the most important literary, political and feminist icons of her generation. The documentary explores Sontag’s life through evocative experimental images, archival materials, accounts from friends, family, colleagues, and lovers, as well as her own words, read by actress Patricia Clarkson. From her early infatuation with books and her first experience in a gay bar; from her marriage in adolescence to her last lover, Regarding Susan Sontag is a fascinating look at a towering cultural critic and writer whose works on photography, war, illness, and terrorism still resonate today. More than any other thinker of her day, Sontag was watched, viewed, photographed and stared at. She was gazed at, and she looked back, very carefully, particularly at language and metaphor and at photography and what she called “the ecology of images.”

Schedule of Events

6:30 PM: Pizza reception, Lower Atrium

7:00 PM: Film Screening, Bartos Theater

8:45 PM: Q&A discussion with director Nancy Kates

About the Director

Nancy Kates is an independent filmmaker based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is best known for her film Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin, a full-length documentary she made with co-producer Bennett Singer about Bayard Rustin, the gay civil rights leader.


For more information, contact:

Mark Linga
[617] 253-4680