- Chances: The Women of Magdalene
Chances: The Women of Magdalene
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Tom Neff Produced by Tom Neff Written by Tom Neff
Starring Rev. Becca Stevens Music by John Rosasco Cinematography Tom Neff Editing by Barry Rubinow Release date(s) April 21, 2006
(Nashville Film Fest)
Running time 94 minutes Country United States Language English
Chances: The Women of Magdalene (2006) is a documentary film produced and directed by Tom Neff, and written by Neff and Barry Rubinow. The documentary features the socially conscious organization known as "Magdalene," located in Nashville, Tennessee, that recovers prostitutes off the street.
- Rev. Becca Stevens -- Chaplain of St. Augustine's Chapel at Vanderbilt University
- Clemmie Greenlee
Variety magazine film critic Joe Leydon lauded the film, and wrote, "Inspiring uplift abounds in Chances: The Women of Magdalene, a slickly produced but unmistakably sincere docu about a femme Episcopalian priest's outreach program to rehabilitate Nashville prostitutes. Theatrical potential is limited, but pic could find appreciative auds through tube and nonprofit exposure...Pic touches briefly yet respectfully on Rev. Stevens' background and motivation -- she was sexually abused at an early age -- but focuses primarily on her program's clients, who prove remarkably candid while describing past ordeals and future plans. Feisty Clemmie Greenlee emerges as first among equals, and her response to tragedy provides of one the pic's many emotional highlights. High-def video lensing enhances the pic's intimacy."
Nashville Scene film critic Jim Ridley gave the film a more mixed review, and wrote, "The women’s blunt personal stories form the most compelling parts of Tom Neff’s earnest, polished profile, which amounts to promotion for the program and its good works. As documentary, it’s limited: we see very little of the day-to-day life inside the shelters, while a project pairing Magdalene House residents with Music Row songwriters takes up too much of the movie’s focus—it comes as an intrusion when a son’s funeral turns into a music montage. But the Magdalene women interviewed on camera have fought for their second chances, and the hard-won hope on their faces can make you forgive a lot."
- ^ Chances: The Women of Magdalene at the Internet Movie Database.
- ^ Leydon, Joe. Variety, film review, May 30, 2006. Last accessed: April 24, 2008.
- ^ Ridley, Jim. Nashville Scene, film review, April 20, 2006. Last accessed: April 24, 2008.
- ^ M&C News. Moview News, "Nashville Film Festival Winners," May 5, 2006. Last accessed: April 24, 2008.
- Chances: The Women of Magdalene at the Internet Movie Database
- Chances: The Women of Magdalene film clips at You Tube
Films directed by Tom Neff
Red Grooms: Sunflower in a Hothouse • Frederic Remington: The Truth of Other Days • Beatrice Wood: Mama of Dada • America's Music: The Roots of Country •
Louise Dahl-Wolfe: Painting with Light • Country Music: The Spirit of America • Herb Alpert: Music for Your Eyes • Chances: The Women of Magdalene •
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