Magnolia Pictures: A Few of Our Favorite Docs

May 15, 2020 -

Produced by: Magnolia Pictures
Event Category: Filmmaker Q&A
Admission: $5

The Tropic and Magnolia Pictures are proud to present a new series of virtual screenings and filmmaker Q&A sessions: Magnolia Pictures: A Few of Our Favorite Docs.

From now through June 10, we’ll screen an iconic documentary starting every Friday, and follow it up with a live Q&A the following Wednesday. 10% of ticket sales will be donated to a charity of the filmmakers’ choice, and proceeds will also go to support the Tropic! Tickets are just $5, which gets you an on-demand screening of the film and access to the live chat with the filmmaker(s).

Questions for the Q&As can be submitted by email to, or you can tweet your question using the hashtag #magnoliadocseries. Magnolia will then collect the best questions and send them to the filmmakers in advance of the live Q&As. (Q&As will be archived along with the film, so you can watch if you can’t join live!)

Here’s what’s showing!

Starting May 15
At the age of 85, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed a lengthy legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. But the unique personal journey of her rise to the nation’s highest court has been largely unknown, even to some of her biggest fans – until now. RBG explores Ginsburg’s life and career.
Q&A on May 20 with directors Betsy West and Julie Cohen, moderated by Melena Ryzik from the New York Times
Charity: NYU Langone’s food pantry, The Table


Starting May 22
Roger Ebert: Life Itself
Acclaimed director Steve James (Hoop Dreams) and executive producers Martin Scorsese and Steven Zaillian present Life Itself a documentary film that recounts the inspiring and entertaining life of world-renowned film critic and social commentator Roger Ebert – a story that is by turns personal, funny, painful, and transcendent.
Q&A on May 27 with Chaz Ebert in conversation with director Steve James
Charity TBD


Starting May 29
Shocking, never-before-seen footage and riveting interviews with trainers and experts manifest the orca’s extraordinary nature, the species’ cruel treatment in captivity over the last four decades, and the growing disillusionment of workers who were misled and endangered by the highly profitable sea-park industry.
Q&A on June 3 with director Gabriela Cowperthwaite
Charity: GiveDirectly’s COVID relief fund


Starting June 5
Hail Satan?
When media-savvy members of the Satanic Temple organize a series of public actions designed to advocate for religious freedom and challenge corrupt authority, they prove that with little more than a clever idea, a mischievous sense of humor, and a few rebellious friends, you can speak truth to power in some truly profound ways.
Q&A on June 10 with director Penny Lane in conversation with Lucien Greaves, head of The Satanic Temple
Charity: GiveDirectly’s COVID relief fund


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