Joyce Carol Oates: A Body in the Service of Mind

One of the country’s preeminent and prolific serious writers, Joyce Carol Oates is the author of more than 100 books, including Them, We Were the Mulvaneys, and Blonde. In this candid and revealing documentary, she provides insight into her life, creative process, and the events that have shaped her writings, including the 1967 Detroit Riot, the Chappaquiddick incident, and the tragic life of Marilyn Monroe. Featuring readings by Oscar winner Laura Dern.

“An unruly genius”

The New Yorker

“A ruthless observer of American society”


awards & festivals


Venue City Opening Date
IFC Center New York, NY 09/08/2023
Laemmle Royal Los Angeles, CA 09/08/2023
O'Cinema South Beach, FL 09/08/2023
Magic Lantern Spokane, WA 09/08/2023
Circle Cinema Tulsa, OK 09/08/2023
Cleveland Cinematheque Cleveland, OH 09/10/2023
JCC Marlene Meyerson: JCC Manhattan New York, NY 09/12/2023
Bear Tooth Anchorage, AK 09/14/2023
Princeton Garden Princeton, NJ 09/15/2023
FilmScene Iowa, City 09/15/2023
The Ryder Bloomington, IN 10/13/2023