How I Got Over


Sequoia 2 Sun, Oct 5, 2014 7:45 PM
Rafael 2 Thu, Oct 9, 2014 2:45 PM
Rafael 3 Sat, Oct 11, 2014 8:30 PM
Film Info
Section:Valley of the Docs
Active Cinema
Running Time:87
Director:Nicole Boxer
Producer:Nicole Boxer
Screenwriter:Nicole Boxer
Cinematographer:Neil Barrett
M. Holden Warren
Editor:Michelle M. Witten
Note Writer:Cheryl Eddy


“Can art save your life?” Nicole Boxer’s documentary takes this question and turns it into an action statement, employing a fly-on-the-wall approach in following a group of women-all residents of Washington, DC, recovery community N Street Village-as they prepare to turn their harrowing life stories into a theater piece that will be performed at the Kennedy Center. With a dedicated director from the Theatre Lab School of the Dramatic Arts guiding them, the women find inner strength as they work through layers of pain. In recounting the horrors of their pasts, they learn the basics of performing before an audience, a prospect that stirs up stage fright in even the most jaded participants. Though there’s plenty of heavy material here, there’s laughter, too-the women are a supportive, tight-knit group unafraid to poke fun at each other-as well as a great deal of hope, exemplified by the show’s soaring rendition of the gospel tune that gives Boxer’s doc its title.


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Additional Information

A native of Marin County, California, Nicole Boxer has worked in the film and television industries for over two decades. In 2007 Nicole co-produced a documentary, 14 WOMEN, that raised social awareness about the challenges faced by women in the U.S. Senate. Inspired by the experience of activist filmmaking, Nicole continued her documentary work as an Executive Producer of the 2013 Academy Award-nominated documentary film THE INVISIBLE WAR. Nicole lives in Washington, DC and is a graduate of NYU Film School. HOW I GOT OVER marks her directorial debut.