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SFFILM Festival

Being Mary Tyler Moore

Directed by James Adolphus

USA | 120

16 Apr
Sun, Apr 16 at 12:30 pm PT

Guests Expected

James Adolphus


“Who can turn the world on with her smile?” Those theme-song words describing Mary Richards, the TV news producer who broke sitcom ground as a strong, single, independent woman on The Mary Tyler Moore Show aptly encapsulate the eponymous actor who played her as James Adolphus’s documentary engagingly illustrates. Both a biography of Moore, who knew from the age of three that she was destined for show biz (it was that or jail, her father observed), and a summation of her brilliant career, the film offers an honest portrait of a sometimes-troubled personal life alongside a long string of professional triumphs beginning with her Emmy-winning work on The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961-66). Produced by Lena Waithe, Being Mary Tyler Moore is a dazzling look back at an incandescent personality.

Director James Adolphus

James Adolphus is a three-time Peabody Award-winning cinematographer and an Emmy-winning producer and director who makes his feature debut with Being Mary Tyler Moore. His television projects include the Emmy-nominated series Soul of a Nation (2021) and the Independent Lens documentary Little White Lie (2014).

Film Details

Language English

Year 2023

Premiere California

Runtime 120

Country USA

Director James Adolphus

Executive Producer S. Robert Levine, Michael Bernstein

Producer Lena Waithe, Debra Martin Chase, Ben Selkow, Rishi Rajani, James Adolphus, Andrew C. Coles, Laura Gardner

Editor Mariah Rehmet

Cinematographer James Adolphus

Music Theodosia Roussos

Closed Captions Yes, closed captions are available for this screening. Please let us know if you would like a device when purchasing your ticket or by emailing ADA@SFFilm.org.

Audio Description Audio Descriptions are not currently confirmed and will be updated soon.

American Sign Language (ASL) Interpretation American Sign Language Interpretation is not currently confirmed and will be updated. For any questions about accessibility at SFFILM Events, please email ADA@SFFilm.org.