Take my nose ...please!
Dir. Joan Kron | Documentary | U.S.A. | 2017 | 99 min.
Discussion to follow (via Skype) with director Joan Kron and film subject Emily Askin
SATURDAY, March 18, 2017 - Chilmark School
Nobody delivers the truth like comedians. And so, who better to draw back the curtain on the often hush-hush subject of plastic surgery? Award-winning journalist Joan Kron, a first-time film director at age 89, follows two comedians as they deliberate about going under the knife. Emily Askin, an up-and-coming improv performer, has always wanted her nose refined. Jackie Hoffman, a seasoned headliner on Broadway, regrets turning down a nose job she was offered in her teens. Taking a comedic and insightful route, this film seeks to better understand how women are pressured to adhere to society’s arbitrary and often absurd standards of beauty.
Joan Kron is 89 and this is her first film. For the past 25 years, Joan was contributing editor at large of Allure magazine, where she literally invented the plastic surgery beat, winning more than a dozen journalism awards and the respect of surgeons and readers around the world. Her career path to filmmaking has been unorthodox, to say the least. In 1948, at age 20, she graduated from the Yale School of Drama, where she had majored in costume design.
Emily Askin is an actress, singer, improviser, and beauty guru. She has been studying with the UCB for many years under the tutelage of Billy Merritt, Seth Morris, Christina Gausas, and Anthony Atamanuik, to name only a few. Like a proud mama, she is a founding member of the soon to be infamous all-girl improv group BOMBARDO.