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Anita Hill Documentary is Already SRO at Sundance

Along with being the editor of Southland Publishing’s Arroyo Monthly magazine, Irene Lacher continues to contribute provocative weekly celebrity “Sunday Conversations” Q&As as a freelancer to the LA Times. She was once a staffer for the paper. We covered the one she famously did some time ago with actor Thomas Jane and want to also highlight her intriguing January 13 discussion with Anita Hill.

All four premiere screenings in Park City of Anita, the documentary about Hill’s landmark sexual harassment battle, are already sold out. The only downside of Lacher’s interview is that at the time of the discussion, Clarence Thomas‘ former accuser had not yet seen the film. Hill explained how Anita came about:

“I had been approached by two or three filmmakers about doing a documentary, and for two or three years I simply said no, and Freida Mock had come back a couple of times. I wanted to work to make sure that if the story was told that at least I had some positive input. So after talking with Freida, I just felt that she was the right person to tell the story. She persuaded me in this very calm, clear way that I and the story would be in good hands. And that’s all she promised me.”

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Media Gets Hung Up on Thomas Jane Quote

On Sunday, LA Times freelance contributor Irene Lacher shared a provocative Q&A transcript interview with Hung star Thomas Jane. At one point, he said this:

“You know, when I was a kid out here in LA, I was homeless, I didn’t have any money and I was living in my car. I was 18. I wasn’t averse to going down to Santa Monica Boulevard and letting a guy buy me a sandwich. Know what I mean?”

The operative words here are, “Know what I mean?” Although the actor went on to most definitely confirm some early same-sex experimentation, he at no point spelled out that his struggles involved the actual exchange of cash dollars and-or standing on a Santa Monica Blvd. corner. But that didn’t stop US magazine from headlining Jane as a “hooker,” a direction echoed by other outlets such as New York magazine, MSNBC, Zap2It and ABC News. Until Jane or the writer expounds upon this aspect of the story, it’s nothing more than careless conjecturing; not the biggest journalistic error in the world, but still a symptom of how showbiz news is leapfrogged along.

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