blackfilm.com's AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL Screening
In Theatres FRIDAY, August 1, 2008
First Independent Pictures and blackfilm.com invite you and guests to an advance screening of AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL on Tuesday, July 29th at 7pm at a Manhattan Theater
Distributor: First Independent Pictures
Director: Darryl Roberts
Screenwriter: Not Available
Starring: Gerren Taylor, Eve Ensler, Julianne Moore, Anthony Kiedis, Jessica Simpson, Paris Hilton
Synopsis: The United States of America is known for being one of the wealthiest nations on the planet with the most opportunities for its citizens. In 2004
alone, Americans spent $12.4 billion (yes, billion!) on cosmetic surgery. With such an abundance of wealth, why are Americans so discontent? In almost
40,000 media messages a year, youthful Americas are being told that, unless you look like supermodels and rock stars, you’re not good enough for anyone
to love. This is a message that too many people are buying.
Filmmaker Darryl Roberts goes on a two year journey to examine America’s new obsession; physical perfection. In America the Beautiful, we learn secrets,
confessions, and strikingly harsh realities as Roberts unearths the origins and deadly risks of our nation’s quest for physical perfection. Too much
television and easy access to plastic surgery are conventional answers, but they do not fully explain this national psychosis. These same images are
found all over Europe and Canada, yet their citizens do not have this same obsession. Looking at models on glossy pages of supermarket magazines,
Americans have found themselves wishing they looked more like ‘that’. The hope of achieving these 'ideals' has consumers purchasing cosmetics,
toiletries, fashion and plastic surgeries at increasingly dramatic rates. Has the ‘American Dream’ changed so much that it can only be achieved once
we can perfectly emulate the super thin and sexy images of Britney Spears or other pop icons? In America the Beautiful we see how these increasingly
unattainable images contribute greatly to the rise in low self-esteem, body dismorphia, and eating disorders for young women and girls who also happen
to be the beauty industry's largest consumers.
Who actually benefits from this high-priced journey towards this ideal? Is corporate America’s bottom line so important that it justifies a nation’s
psychosis? What are the true costs of our obsession with youth, beauty, and a slender physique? At the heart of “America the Beautiful” is the story of
Gerren Taylor, a teenager who went from being an innocent 12 year old girl to being one of America’s next top supermodels. As she and her mother head
down the windy road to stardom, viewers watch the dichotomy between Gerren's adolescent struggles and her adult “rights of passage” on the catwalks of
Marc Jacobs, DKNY, Tommy Hilfiger and other top designers. Her tumultuous quest acts as a mirror to the American psyche, and it becomes apparent how
the same beauty that could jump-start her career could ultimately destroy her young life. To find out what has America’s pre-teens standing in line
for their turn on “I Want a Famous Face", and it’s adults on “Extreme Makeover,” Roberts dives deep into America's culture of fear, consumption,
and idolatry for all things external; he seeks answers from celebrities, media, academia, as well as everyday Americans. Follow Darryl as he asks
Paris Hilton, Jessica Simpson, Aisha Tyler, Anthony Kedis, Tisha Campbell, Julianne Moore, Michael Beach, Mena Suvari, Martin Short, as well as Ted
Casablanca from the E! Channel and Susan Schulz, the Editor-in-Chief of CosmoGirl!, along with various other celebrities and experts in cosmetics,
fashion, media, and self-esteem the major question at hand…
Does America have an unhealthy obsession with beauty?
To enter, send an email with your name, address and daytime phone number to email@example.com
Passes are available on a first-come, first-served basis. One pass per person. Each pass admits two. PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY AS SEATING IS LIMITED
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Employees of all promotional partners and their agencies are not eligible.
All entrants must reside in New York City or the surrounding area.
SCREENING IS OVERBOOKED TO ENSURE CAPACITY. THIS E-MAIL DOES NOT GUARANTEE ADMISSION, IS NON-TRANSFERABLE AND IS NOT REDEEMBLE FOR CASH