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Centerpiece: All the Beauty and the Bloodshed

Directed by Laura Poitras

USA | Documentary | 117

4 Nov
Fri, Nov 4, 2022 at 8:00 pm PT

Guests Expected

Director Laura Poitras is expected to attend.


Nan Goldin is renowned for her vivid, vérité portraits; frames of ordinary people captured in their glamorous and messy lives. Originally a fringe post-punk creative, Goldin built a dazzling career in cinema and photography while wrestling with grief, violence, and trauma. When addiction to OxyContin threatens her life, Goldin turns her piercing attention to the Sackler family, owners of Purdue Pharma and profiteers of the opioid crisis. Art and activism blend together in this incendiary profile, as one woman strives to reconcile her past while holding the powerful accountable. Winner of the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, this complex exploration of a singular artist’s life, work, and perseverance is impossible to forget.

Director Laura Poitras

Academy-award winning director Laura Poitras has made a loose trilogy of films about post-9/11 America, including My Country, My Country (2006), The Oath (2010), and CITIZENFOUR (2014). Her 2016 film Risk profiled Julian Assange, and she is a founding editor of the award-winning news organization The Intercept. Poitras was the recipient of a 2012 MacArthur Fellowship, and her reporting on NSA mass surveillance received the George Polk Award and shared in the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for public service.

Film Details

Language English

Year 2022

Premiere California

Runtime 117

Country USA

Director Laura Poitras

Executive Producer Jeff Skoll, Diane Weyermann, Clare Carter, Alex Kwartler, Hayley Theisen

Producer Howard Gertler, John Lyons, Nan Goldin, Yoni Golijov, Laura Poitras

Editor Amy Foote, Joe Bini, Brian A. Kates

Music Soundwalk Collective

Closed Captions Closed captions are available for this screening.

Audio Description Audio descriptions are not available for this screening.

American Sign Language (ASL) Interpretation American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation is not currently scheduled for this event. For more information about ASL interpretation at our events, e-mail ADA@SFFilm.org.