This morning I awoke to NPR’s Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep asking filmmaker Lisa Cholodenko to recommend a few DVD favorites. She named four: Ordinary People, Chinatown, Gimme Shelter, & Y Tu Mama Tambien.
At first I was bereft: “Lisa,” I said outloud. “Can’t you think of ANY films by women to recommend?” But being “a glass half-full” kinda gal, I determined to look up the credits in IMDb before throwing myself out the window. And I’m so glad I did because hey, guess what: brothers Albert & David Maysles actually had a female collaborator on Gimme Shelter: Charlotte Zwerin!
And here’s more great news, Charlotte Zwerin has the solo directing credit on one of my all-time favorite music docs: Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser.
So I’m declaring today “Charlotte Zwerin Day.” Hooray 🙂