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Aggie (film)

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Official poster
Directed byCatherine Gund
Produced by
Edited byGil Seltzer
Music byJason Moran
Distributed byStrand Releasing
Release dates
  • January 24, 2020 (2020-01-24) (Sundance)
  • October 7, 2020 (2020-10-07) (United States)
Running time
92 minutes
CountryUnited States

Aggie is an 2020 American documentary film, directed and produced by Catherine Gund. The film follows the story of art collector Agnes Gund, exploring the nexus of art, race, and justice.

The film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 24, 2020. It was released on October 7, 2020, by Strand Releasing.


Aggie looks at the upbringing and career of collector and philanthropist Agnes "Aggie" Gund, focusing on when she sold a painting from her collection to fund criminal-justice reform. Roy Lichtenstein's Masterpiece sold for $165 million and Aggie's nonprofit initiative—the Art for Justice Fund—was born, bridging “blue chip” art and serving the common good. Ava DuVernay, Bryan Stevenson, Thelma Golden, John Waters, Glenn Ligon, Jamie Bennett, Abigail Disney, Teresita Fernández and Marina Abramović appear in the film.[1]


The film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 24, 2020.[2][3] In May 2020, Strand Releasing acquired U.S. distribution rights to the film.[4] It was released on October 7, 2020.[5]

Critical reception[edit]

Aggie holds a 75% approval rating on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, based on eight reviews, with an average of 6.8/10.[6] On Metacritic, the film holds a rating of 57 out of 4 reviews, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[7]

Ordoga of the Los Angeles Times writes that "Aggie is a well-made portrait of an admirable woman."[8][9][10]


  1. ^ "Aggie Press Kit" (PDF). Strand Releasing. Retrieved February 18, 2021.
  2. ^ "aggie". www.sundance.org. Retrieved 2021-01-03.
  3. ^ Siegel, Tatiana (December 4, 2019). "Sundance Unveils Female-Powered Lineup Featuring Taylor Swift, Gloria Steinem, Abortion Road Trip Drama". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 18, 2021.
  4. ^ McNary, Dave (May 14, 2020). "Agnes Gund Documentary 'Aggie' Bought by Strand Releasing (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved February 18, 2021.
  5. ^ Billington, Alex (August 16, 2020). "Official Trailer for 'Aggie' Doc Film About Art Collector Agnes Gund". First Showing. Retrieved February 18, 2021.
  6. ^ "Aggie (2020)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Retrieved October 30, 2021.
  7. ^ "Aggie". Metacritic. Retrieved February 18, 2021.
  8. ^ Ordoña, Michael (2020-10-09). "'Aggie,' art and social justice". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2021-01-03.
  9. ^ "'Aggie': Film Review | Sundance 2020 | Hollywood Reporter". www.hollywoodreporter.com. 27 January 2020. Retrieved 2021-01-03.
  10. ^ Kenigsberg, Ben (2020-10-07). "'Aggie' Review: Portrait of an Art Collector by Her Daughter". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2021-01-03.

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