KAREN CARPENTER: Starving for Perfection

Special Guests: Andy Streitfeld, Jon Gann

A reception precedes the film, Monday November 6th at Cinema Paradiso and Tuesday, November 7th at Savor Cinema


She was the first in a long line of celebrities to suffer from an eating disorder during an era when the vastly misunderstood phenomenon brought shame and public humiliation. For the first time, we hear Karen Carpenter’s personal struggle in her own voice through never-before released recordings and through the legendary voices of those who knew her and were inspired by her music. As the #1 American musical act of the 1970s, the Carpenters were on top of the world, producing a string of pop masterpieces, including “Close to You,” “We’ve Only Just Begun,” and “Rainy Days and Mondays.” But behind closed doors, Karen’s quest for perfection resulted in low self-esteem, a disheartening love life, and a public battle with anorexia nervosa, which ended with her untimely death at the age of only 32. Forty years after her death comes KAREN CARPENTER: STARVING FOR PERFECTION, a captivating, revealing, and unvarnished documentary providing astounding new insight into the singer’s tragically short life and enduring musical legacy.


Director: Randy Martin is an award-winning, veteran director of television documentary films including the Sundance Channel series “The Inspiration Sessions,” and has interviewed everyone from presidents to pop megastars to sports icons. Randy also produced “Barack Obama: The Man and His Journey” and “Tiger at Thirty”. He’s helped create hundreds of hours of programming for networks such as Discovery’s MotorTrend, HGTV, Food, Cooking, Reelz, Biography, Sundance, Science, CBS Sports, USA Networks, TNT Sports, ESPN, DIY, TV One, Starz-Encore (Wam!)


The short film Great White Lies precedes the Nov. 7 screening.


Special Guests: Andy Streitfeld, Jon Gann


Sponsored by: Barbara Ryan



DIRECTOR(S): Randy Martin
SCREENWRITER(S): Randy Schmidt
PRODUCER(S): Randy Schmidt, Katie Chase, Allison Willoughby
CAST: Carol Burnett, Olivia Newton-John, Kristin Chenoweth, Cynthia Gibb, Suzanne Somers, Belinda Carlisle, Chubby O’Brien

Presented in Multiple Parts


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9 min | Heather Andelsman | | Southeast Premiere | English
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