Love to Love You, Donna Summer

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Love to Love You, Donna Summer

Q&A with director Roger Ross Williams, moderated by Jackie Glover, most recently at Onyx Collective

Love to Love You, Donna Summer is directed by Oscar and Emmy-winning filmmaker Roger Ross Williams and Brooklyn Sudano, daughter of Donna Summer. This exceptional documentary is shaped by Summer’s own reflections, the memories of close family, friends, and colleagues, and filled with the sounds of Summer’s songs. Love to Love You, Donna Summer is an in-depth look at the iconic artist as she creates music that takes her from the avant-garde music scene in Germany to the glitter and bright lights of dance clubs in New York, and ultimately to worldwide acclaim, her voice and artistry becoming the defining soundtrack of an era.

A deeply personal portrait of Summer on and off the stage, the film features a wealth of photographs and never-before-seen home video footage—often shot by Summer herself—and provides a rich window into the surprising range of her artistry, from songwriting to painting, while exploring the highs and lows of a life lived on the global stage.


Q&A with director Roger Ross Williams, moderated by Jackie Glover
Wednesday, May. 10 2023, 7:00
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  • Roger Ross Williams is an Oscar, Emmy and Peabody award-winning director, producer, writer, and the first African-American director to win an Academy Award ® with his short film MUSIC BY PRUDENCE. Williams’ award-winning work pushes the boundaries of culture and film. In 2021 Williams was named an Indiewire Influencer for “changing the face of documentary film.” “Beautiful,” “Uplifting,” “Extraordinary,” “Triumphant,” “Rich with insight,” “Searing,” “Remarkable,” and “Inspirational” are accolades Williams’ films have received from the New York Times, Vanity Fair, Hollywood Reporter, Variety, Forbes, and Entertainment Weekly. Williams has received the Career Achievement Award from the International Documentary Association, The Woodstock Film Festival Maverick Award, The NYU Alumni Achievement Award, and an honorary doctorate from Lafayette College.
  • Jackie Glover spent 27 years at HBO, rising to SVP of HBO Documentary Films, overseeing all aspects of the department’s programming, including development, acquisitions and production. A nine-time Emmy winner, her producing credits include True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality, King in the Wilderness—a portrait of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s final years—and Jim: The James Foley Story. She was Head of Documentary Programming at Onyx Collective, Disney’s slate of premium entertainment programming by creators of color and underrepresented voices, winning an Oscar last year for the extraordinary music documentary Summer of Soul.
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