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February 26 (Monday) 7 pm

An Evening with Lauren Greenfield

Acclaimed photographer Lauren Greenfield provides a probing and intimate look inside the world of an
eating disorder clinic in her debut film. Greenfield is a graduate of Harvard University and has established
herself as one of the most promising young photographers in the country with her work for The New York
Times Magazine, Time
, and The New Yorker. Her photography has been collected by institutions such as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Greenfield has received high praise for her two monographs, Fast Forward: Growing Up in the Shadow of Hollywood and Girl Culture. Thin is her first documentary film and has already received honors at the Independent Film Festival of Boston and the Newport International Film Festival.

Special thanks to Lauren Greenfield Photography.


Directed by Lauren Greenfield, Appearing in Person
US 2006, 35mm, color, 105 min.

Lauren Greenfield’s debut feature continues the thematic project of her acclaimed monograph Girl Culture, which skillfully examines body image concerns among women. This vérité documentary focuses on four women struggling to overcome the devastating effects of eating disorders. Set within the walls of a southern Florida clinic in which the women are seeking treatment, this remarkable portrait overcomes the distanced stance of observational cinema by offering a sympathetic rendering of their struggles. Greenfield also provides a fascinating insight into a process of recovery which often puts differing modalities of treatment (social, psychological, biological) at odds with each other.

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