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"New York Doll" at Sundance

**First, you can still catch this movie Friday at 2:30 at the Holiday II theatre in Park City**

Trust me, you want to see this movie. It was the only one I saw at the festival, but I heard from other hardcore festival goers that it was the best one they'd seen so far. If you think it would have been cool to be among the first to see Napoleon Dynamite at Sundance last year, do not miss this chance. This movie will revolutionize LDS film and change many lives.

Get there an hour and 1/2 or so early as it is sold out. Don't worry, it's not all that hard to get in and there are often people handing out free tickets to people waiting in the stand-by line.

This movie raises the bar for LDS film SEVERAL notches. I simply can't say enough about it.

Here are a couple reviews.


New York Doll ****
I think that it is safe to say that the best film of the festival is New York Doll. The film follows Arthur Killer Kane, the bass player for the New York Dolls. The Dolls influenced everyone from the likes of The Smiths to Motley Crue. Rather than be a rock-doc the film is really about empathy, tolerance and friendship. It’s not so much about the band as it is about one man’s spiritual change and his determination and hesitations regarding his faith.

I read this week in a report from one of the documentary panels that the key to having a successful documentary is to have a sympathetic subject. New York Doll could aptly be titled Arthur Kane is a Sweet, Sweet Man. Within moments of meeting him on-screen you are intrigued by his forthrightness and inspired by his honesty. Arthur has no qualms about his life, be it as a cross-dressing alcoholic in the 70’s, a washed up musician careening out of apartment windows in the 80’s or as a Genealogical Librarian for the LDS Church in the 90’s. He has come to terms with each stage of his life and can rightly recognize the rights and wrongs as it were concerning each portion. It is truly a story about a man that is about to come full circle.

Harry, it is absolutely brilliant. Filmmaker Greg Whiteley would admit that this was part luck on his part to catch Arthur in the precise moment that he did. What follows in the film is one of the best story arcs imaginable. To paraphrase a previous review, many narratives would die to have this story. What amazes me about the film more than any other aspect is its ability to mix up the two extreme lifestyles of excessive rock and roll with reserved Christianity. In one moment you have Morrissey commenting on the power of the Dolls followed by Arthur’s Mormon Bishop’s observation about Arthur’s happiness to be playing on stage with the Dolls after a 30 year absence. Both accounts are equally moving and it is refreshing to see these two ideologies melded together into a form of understanding.

I highly recommend this film for its charisma and sincerity. It has so many opportunities to become preachy and it doesn’t even come close. Redford opened the festival with a message concerning America’s intolerance for different cultures and lifestyles. Truly the festival has been about tolerance and acceptance, but no film has successfully been the manifestation of that idea as much as New York Doll.


Frankie writes:

Just got back to Los Angeles, from opening weekend of the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. I was lucky enough to catch the premiere of "New York Doll." I don't know where to start except with the words BRILLIANT! The documentary follows the history of the Dolls from start to break up. The film then catches the viewer up to speed with the interesting and emotional life of Arthur "Killer" Kane, through his finding of the Mormon lifestyle to the reuniting of the New York Dolls at Morrissey's Meltdown, and beyond. The film is tragic, and joyful all at once. I never lost interest in any of the story, and left the theater feeling that the festival was a completely worth the trip, thanks to "NY Doll."

I don't want to give to many details about the documentary without the permission of the filmmaker, so I will leave it as is. When I first heard of this film, expectations where high. Believe me when I say that EVERY music fan, especially NY Dolls and MOZ fans should see this documentary. I asked the filmmaker (who happens to be a very nice individual out of Los Angeles) if we should expect to see a theatrical release, all is unsure. To judge by the audience response, we will see it in theaters or on DVD in the near future.

One last note, a very appropriate Smiths song appears on the soundtrack, along with other very good music. Please email your interest in seeing the documentary so I can forward the emails to the filmmaker directly. I want to let him know how much "Moz" fan support he has. It will be good incentive for a distributor to release the film, so that we all get to see it. Email to

The interview on KUER this we

The interview on KUER this week with the director was very good as well. Apparently he was the guy's home teacher.

Apparently, you can't link to a specific KUER stream

or even the link page for a stream. I don't know why. If you're interested you can go to and under "Radio West" click the link for "New York Doll". It should be there for the next few days at least. After that a search on their website should bring it up.

Thanks for the heads up, Coward.

Eric D. Snider's blogging Sundance

Someone mentioned Eric Snider's NCMO column a few threads back, so people who like the way he writes might want to check out his daily blogs from Sundance:

I hope he gets a chance to see New York Doll. I guess we'll have to wait to read tomorrow's blog to find out.

New York Doll is also showing

New York Doll is also showing Saturday at the Broadway Center Cinema in Salt Lake at 3:45 Satuday.
Check it out!