BRIGHT LIGHTS: STARRING CARRIE FISHER AND DEBBIE REYNOLDS
In real life, Carrie Fisher lives next door to her mother, Debbie Reynolds — or, rather, you could say that Princess Leia lives next to Tammy. The tenuous dialectic between individual, character and icon is negotiated onscreen in BRIGHT LIGHTS: STARRING CARRIE FISHER AND DEBBIE REYNOLDS by two performers often described as "larger than life," but it's a life circumscribed by Hollywood's expectations, and internalized by Fisher and Reynolds. Directors Fisher Stevens and Alexis Bloom take a Maysles-style documentary approach in their exploration of a mother and daughter's emotionally charged relationship. Carrie Fisher is a wise, open and extraordinarily articulate subject, which will come as no surprise to fans of her writing. With extraordinary access to archival footage and the memorabilia-filled spaces their subjects inhabit, the filmmakers pack the screen with sparkle and tears. — Gillian Horvat
Alexis Bloom has been producing documentary films and series for more than a decade, including Alex Gibney's WE STEAL SECRETS: THE STORY OF WIKILEAKS (2013), and various episodes of FRONTLINE/WORLD. BRIGHT LIGHTS is her feature documentary debut.
Fisher Stevens is an actor, director, producer and writer. He won an Oscar® for producing the documentary THE COVE (2009), and received a Film Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary for co-directing CRAZY LOVE (2008). This year, in addition to BRIGHT LIGHTS, he directed the Leonardo DiCaprio-produced documentary BEFORE THE FLOOD.