Regarding Susan Sontag

World Documentary Competition

World Premiere

USA | 101 MINUTES | English |


Female Director(s), Documentary, New York, Female Screenwriter(s)
Regarding Susan Sontag is an intimate study of one of the most influential and provocative thinkers of the 20th century. Endlessly curious and gracefully outspoken throughout her career, Susan Sontag became one of the most important literary, political, and feminist icons of her generation. Nancy Kates’ in-depth documentary tracks Sontag’s seminal, life-changing moments through archival materials, accounts from friends, family, colleagues, and lovers, as well as her own words, as read by Patricia Clarkson. From her early infatuation with books to her first experience in a gay bar; from her first marriage to her last lover, Regarding Susan Sontag is a nuanced investigation into the life of a towering cultural critic and writer whose works on photography, war, and terrorism still resonate today.

-Dan Hunt


Directed by Nancy Kates

Based in Berkeley, California, Nancy D. Kates produced and directed the highly-acclaimed feature documentary, Brother Outsider: the Life of Bayard Rustin, with Bennett Singer. The film premiered in competition at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival and as a special of the PBS series, POV. It went on to win more than 25 awards worldwide, including the 2004 GLAAD Media Award.
Nancy Kates
Nancy Kates, John Haptas
Nancy Kates
John Haptas
Associate Producer
Susannah Morse
Sophie Constantinou
Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum, Laura Karpman
Rachel Antell
Graphic Designer
Dave Tecson
Post-Production Coordinator
Nina Goodby
2nd Associate Producer
Arwen Curry
Patricia Clarkson


US Sales Contact
Nancy Kates
Question Why Films
Berkeley, 94710
Phone: 510 540 7177
Press Contact
Susan Norget
Susan Norget Film Promotion
New York, NY 10010
Phone: 917-833-3056
Print Source
Nancy Kates
Question Why Films
Berkeley, 94710
Phone: 510 540 7177
International Sales Contact
Jennifer Bowen
New York, NY 10036
Phone: 212 512 5315