First up is “Becoming Mike Nichols” on February 22. The doc paints an intimate portrait of the director, producer and improvisational comedy icon through a set of final, historic interviews with friend and fellow director Jack O’Brien. The footage was filmed four months before Nichols’ death and it explores his first two films, “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” and “The Graduate,” his direction of stage classics “Barefoot in the Park” and “The Odd Couple” and his work with Elaine May.
Next, Nora Ephron documentary, “Everything Is Copy,” will air in March. The film, co-directed by her son, Jacob Bernstein, features interviews with her former husband, (and also a local) Carl Bernstein, and her three sisters, plus Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Rob Reiner, Barry Diller, Meg Ryan, Amy Pascal and Mike Nichols.
The famously funny and sometimes caustic Ephron gave the world her roman a clef, “Heartburn;” and crowd pleasing movies such as “When Harry Met Sally,” “Sleepless in Seattle,” “Julie & Julia;” the play “Love, Loss, and What I Wore,” which she wrote with her sister, Delia, based on the book by Ilene Beckerman; and the best-seller “I Feel Bad About My Neck.”
On April 9, “Nothing Left Unsaid: Gloria Vanderbilt & Anderson Cooper” comes out. The film highlights the relationship between mother and son (who sold his house in Quiogue last year) in candid reflections on their extraordinary family history. Directed by Liz Garbus, the film is said to capture Vanderbilt as she’s never been seen before, as she and Cooper discover how family stories of loss and survival repeat themselves in the most unexpected ways.
Lastly, it’s Laurie Anderson’s “Heart of a Dog” on April 25. This documentary film of love, death and language, tells the story of her beloved rat terrier, Lolabelle, who died in 2011. Mixing childhood memories, video diaries and philosophical musings on data collection, surveillance culture and the Buddhist conception of the afterlife, the critically acclaimed film offers heartfelt tributes to the artists and thinkers who inspire her.