Call Her Applebroog: A Film by Beth B
This deeply personal portrait of acclaimed New York–based artist Ida Applebroog was shot with mischievous reverence by her filmmaker daughter, Beth B. Born in the Bronx to Orthodox Jewish émigrés from Poland, Applebroog, now in her 80s, looks back at how she expressed herself through decades of drawings and paintings, as well as her private journals.
With her daughter’s encouragement, she investigates the stranger that is her former self, a woman who found psychological and sexual liberation through art. As Beth B finds a deeper understanding of her mother as a human being, Applebroog shares a newfound appreciation for her own provocative work. –MoMA Doc Fortnight
BETH B is renowned for her groundbreaking films from the 70s such as Black Box, Vortex, and The Offenders. Through her prolific career, she has produced more than 30 films in the documentary, experimental and narrative genres, working independently and through television. Her explosive film Exposed (2013), and many other films have been shown at the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, Wexner Center for the Arts, and Walker Art Center. Her films have been screened at the New York Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, Berlin Internaional Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Locarno International Film Festival and more.