Joan Baez I Am a Noise

Documentary 118 min
FilmColumbia 2023
Wednesday, October 25
Crandell Theatre

In an era when, streaming-spoiled, many films are too long, Variety laments that this one’s “chief sin [is] that it doesn’t run about a half-hour longer.” Initially, I Am a Noise plays like a fascinating, if somewhat conventional, glimpse of the life and times of the superstar folk singer who embodied the essence of the 60s (and “discovered” Bob Dylan), until it plunges into darkness when Baez makes the startling claim that she might have been sexually abused by her father, and reveals an addiction to quaaludes, as well as persistent panic attacks.  Co-directed by part-time local resident Miri Navasky, who will be on hand for a Q&A. Played the Berlin Film Festival.

Q&A Miri Navasky and Karen O’Connor

Sponsored by Herringtons


directed by
Miri Navasky, Maeve O’Boyle, Karen O’Connor
Magnolia Pictures