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‘On Beauty’ wins audience award in Chicago

October 27, 2014

Audiences at the 50th Chicago International Film Festival voted “On Beauty” as their favorite short film of the festival. Joanna Rudnick’s newest documentary won the festival’s Audience Choice Award after it played on Oct. 18 in front of a sold-out crowd as part of the film’s world premiere week. This award shows that the stories of Rick, Jayne and Sarah can inspire so many people and we are excited to use this momentum to bring the film to even more audiences. We truly appreciate everyone’s support of the film and the movement to broaden our definitions of beauty and change ... Read more


‘On Beauty’ inspired audiences during world premiere week

October 20, 2014

The first people to see “On Beauty” responded with wonderful praise and showed what a positive impact the film, the filmmakers and the stars can have on the movement to change how we see beauty. We want to thank everyone who came out to see us at the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival in Arkansas and the Chicago International Film Festival during our world premiere week. We got a great review from Pamela Powell on Reel Honest Reviews. @OnBeautyFilm One of the most profound documentary films with the potential to change everyone in a positive way! — Reel Honest ... Read more


Jayne shines at screening for CPS students

October 20, 2014

Jayne Waithera traveled from her home in Kenya to Chicago to help kick off the the “On Beauty” world premiere. On Oct. 15, Jayne and Max Hoffman, a local high school student who has Marfan syndrome, addressed a theater full of enthusiastic young people after they watched a sneak preview of “On Beauty.” This special event was part of the Chicago International Film Festival’s educational outreach screening that shows various short films from the program to local students. Jayne shares her thoughts about the experience. After a long flight from Kenya to Chicago and having not seen the completed film, ... Read more

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World premiere week to end with sold-out crowd

October 17, 2014

“On Beauty” will play for a sold-out crowd on Saturday as part of the Chicago International Film Festival, which caps off a week of screenings that marks the film’s world premiere. The event starts at 1:15 p.m. at the AMC River East theater in Chicago.  Audience members will not only get to see the film, but they will also be able to share their stories with Joanna, Rick, Jayne and other special guests who have helped make this film possible. There will be a post-screening panel that will address the challenges and importance of changing public perceptions, Rick’s work, the ... Read more

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New York premiere at DOC NYC

October 15, 2014

“On Beauty” is ready to add another great festival to this fall’s lineup and announce a our New York City premiere at DOC NYC. The film is one of four short documentaries in the program Point + Shoot, which is scheduled to show at 12 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 15 at the IFC Center. Get your tickets here! The shorts program features documentaries that showcase stories of a variety of photographers from a group of visually impaired photographers in New York (“BlindSight”) to the reclusive and reluctant photographer who documented Andy Warhol’s The Factory (“Becoming Billy Name”) to the award-winning ... Read more


Jayne to attend premiere event in Chicago

October 9, 2014

Next week audiences in Chicago will get to meet Jayne Waithera – one of the extraordinary women featured in “On Beauty” – when she travels from Kenya for the film’s premiere at the Chicago International Film Festival. Jayne was raised by her grandmother after her mother abandoned her, a common occurrence for people with albinism in Eastern Africa. The society does not understand the specific health and safety needs. They are called “money” or “walking banknotes” because witch doctors will pay for their body parts. Jayne was researching albinism when she came across Rick and his work. Immediately she knew ... Read more

Jayne, Albinism Kenya

World premiere week includes Hot Springs

September 30, 2014

More exciting news during our world premiere week! “On Beauty” is set to screen at the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival in Arkansas as part of a shorts program called “Accidental Activist.”  The film will show twice: at 3:50 p.m. on Oct. 13 and at 9:50 a.m. on Oct. 18. We will be one of many Kartemquin films that will show at the festival and Kartemquin co-founder Gordon Quinn will be there to accept a career achievement award. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the festival website. These screenings come the same week as the Chicago International Film ... Read more


Drinks and discussion after world premiere

September 25, 2014

Join us at Tre Soldi Trattoria on Oct. 18 to celebrate the world premiere at the Chicago International Film Festival. After the screening head two blocks north to the restaurant and mingle with filmmakers, grab some drinks and continue the discussion about changing the face of beauty. Everyone is invited! Tre Soldi is located at 212 East Ohio, Chicago, IL 60611, just two blocks from the theater. We will be walking over after the panel discussion completes. To reach the restaurant call 312.664.0212. Don’t forget to buy your tickets to the screening!     To request a screening, get more ... Read more


Special sneak peek for Chicago Public School students

September 22, 2014

We are very excited to announce another special screening this fall during the educational outreach program at the Chicago International Film Festival. The program brings together more than 200 Chicago Public School students for a special sneak preview of a variety of short films, including “On Beauty.” The students will have a chance to discuss “On Beauty” and the film’s impact with a post-screening panel after the screening. This is a wonderful chance for us to engage young people in the movement to change public perceptions. We are thrilled to have this opportunity as part of our ongoing outreach campaign. ... Read more


Sneak peak at annual ASHG meeting

September 17, 2014

  More exciting news for the fall! “On Beauty” will have two special sneak previews at this year’s meeting for the American Society of Human Genetics. If you’ll be at the conference in San Diego, be sure to check us out! We will have a special screening at the workshop for high school students on Oct. 17 and during the conference for genetics professionals on Oct. 21. ASHG is a one of the leading organizations for human genetics specialists around the world. Their annual conference brings thousands of people together to exchange the latest ideas and information about human genetics. ... Read more