Mar 2, 2020
Documentary filmmaker Janice Engel is the director and producer of “Raise Hell: The Life and Times of Molly Ivins.” She’s a really cool woman who made a movie about a really cool woman, and Christy was so happy to chat with her for the latest A La Carte. Janice talks about growing up in Massapequa on Long Island, New York, where her father fostered her early love of classic movies; how curiosity was a driving force from a young age; studying film at USC, then marrying her interests in journalism and filmmaking by directing and editing music documentaries; her fascination with subcultures, including the Miss America pageant and bodybuilders; and how humbling it is when people let her into their lives to tell their stories. She also discusses her work as a showrunner on the TV series “Addicted,” and, of course, the Molly Ivins doc, which is available through streaming. Janice has had so many fascinating experiences and she shares great insights. Listen and enjoy.