In Memory of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg who died on 9/18/20.
Sharing this interview from May, 2018 on The Women’s Eye Podcast with Betsy West and Julie Cohen, the award-winning documentary filmmakers behind the Oscar-nominated movie “RBG.”
“RBG” stars U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the 85-year-old warrior of women’s rights, feminist icon and pop culture phenomenon now known affectionately as the “Notorious RBG.”
Three years ago, West and Cohen decided to join forces – along with a talented team of creative females – to bring Justice Ginsburg to the big screen.
Having each interviewed Justice Ginsburg for separate projects years ago, they believed that RBG was having her moment in 2015 and wanted to capture her rising popularity, especially with millennials.
Little did they know that while filming, this diminutive Bronx-born, opera-loving jurist with the big dissents, would become a symbol of gender equality rights.
West and Cohen are successful journalists, network news producers and documentary filmmakers in their own right. And as a news junkie myself, I was already a big fan of their work at ABC, CBS and NBC, and documentaries like Makers and The Sturgeon Queens, so I was thrilled to talk with them for the first time.
Both women share their journey documenting Justice Ginsburg’s groundbreaking legal rulings; her 56-year marriage; and her dream of nine female Supreme Court justices (“Justice Ginsburg is highly optimistic…”).
They even get the Justice’s first reaction to Kate McKinnon’s Saturday Night Live RBG impersonation. Her exercise routine is remarkable, some 20 push-ups at a time and that’s just for openers.
“RBG” is a love story, a her-story lesson, and, after seeing it three times, I believe it’s the only superhero movie that really matters at the summer box-office. Oh, and P.S., I predict one man will get involved with this film. His name is Oscar.
To find out more about this documentary, go to www.rbgmovie.com.
Photo Credit: Lead photo of Betsy West and Julie Cohen/Courtesy Myles Pettengill, Magnolia Pictures
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