Skip to main content

THE EYES OF TAMMY FAYE

USA, 1999 (MIFF 2000, Documentaries)

Director: Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato

"When a character as vivacious and outgoing as Tammy Faye Bakker Messner captures the media spotlight, it is easy to look past her humanity. Everyone is aware of her as a personality, but how many feel they really know her? Don't you think it's about time you cared? Few Americans have had lives as intensely publicised, or have been so adored and reviled, as Tammy Faye. In an expertly crafted and highly entertaining film, Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato chronicle her storybook life, full of tragedy and triumph. They recount her rise, alongside husband Jim to national fame as Christian television's biggest stars. Her world came crashing down in one of the century's most inaccurately publicised scandals, polarising Christians, destroying the PTL Church, sending Jim to prison, ultimately undoing their marriage and sending Tammy Faye into seclusion. She is a woman of intense contradictions and unique style, a singer of great joy, and one of the most public weepers of all time A revealing portrait of a fascinating woman and a world full of shocking scandals, million-dollar lies and funny puppets."—Sundance Film Festival


See also...

NAKED STATES

Spencer Turnick photographs people nude, in very public places and then gets the hell out of there before the cops arrive! An artist on the cusp of celebrity, Turnick needs a suitable event to spark ... More »

THE GIRL NEXT DOOR

The Girl Next Door is an eye-popping expose of the contemporary porn industry told through the eyes of award-winning (yes, there are Porn Oscars) actress, Stacy Valentine. With abundant pathos, irony ... More »

THE LIFESTYLE

Some middle-class, middle-aged couples like to get together on weekends for dinner parties, golf or barbecues. Others like to have group sex. Welcome to 'The Lifestyle', a 90s euphemism for what was ... More »

MR. DEATH: THE RISE AND FALL OF FRED A. LEUCHTER, JR.

"I sleep very well at night, knowing that those persons that are executed with my equipment have a better chance of a painless, more humane and dignified execution."—Fred A. Leuchter Jr ... More »

WADD: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF JOHN C. HOLMES

The biggest (judged by both fame and, um, endowment) porn star ever was a valued LAPD informant, coke fiend and accessory to one of the City of Angels most brutal multiple murders! Cass Paley's ... More »

SHADOW BOXERS

Comparable to the hit boxing documentary When We Were Kings, Shadow Boxers is an extraordinary work. As a serious study of the burgeoning female boxing scene it's a first rate movie experience ... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director