A curious audience filled the Woodruff Arts Center’s Rich Theater in Atlanta for a rare private screening of “Jane,” a documentary. The 1962 film by documentary filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker followed around a beautiful 25-year=old Fonda and captured the story of her starring in a not-so-great Broadway play,”The Fun Couple,” which opened and closed in less than two days. It was said to be a total flop.
“Jane” is a 53-minute film and, afterward, Jane Fonda and Gabourey Sidibe talked about the difficulties and obstacles in the pursuit of success.
The event benefited the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention (G-CAPP), Fonda’s nonprofit organization for teen pregnancy prevention. It was the second public viewing of the film.
“The more I think about it, it’s about a girl with no voice who let herself be bullied,” said Fonda about the film and reflecting on that period in her life. “When I wrote my book, My Life So Far, I knew I’d have to deal with that period in my life. So, I went to my room, shut the door, pulled down the blinds and watched the movie,” she said. The film reveals a complete contrast to the Jane Fonda the world knows today. –tammie reed
For more information about G-CAPP, visit www.gcapp.org.