Tiff 2011: I’M Carolyn Parker Review

Biopics tend to celebrate the famous.  We like the familiar and directors like to explore the range of an artist or historical figure's influence and the arc of their extraordinary accomplishments.  Non-famous people, however, tend to have their accomplishments relegated to a five-minute segment on the evening news, usually stuffed in between the latest local murder and the five-day weather forecast.  Jonathan Demme's new documentary I'm Carolyn Parker: The Good, the Mad, and the Beautiful celebrates a woman who isn't famous but whose personality and accomplishment are worth more than five minutes of your time. Only a few months after Hurricane Katrina had devastated New Orleans and particularly the poor, crime-ridden neighborhood of the Old Ninth Ward, Carolyn Parker was one of the first residents to return home.  Her house still stood after the flooding, and Carolyn was determined to restore her home and her church.  Demme met
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