Daily reviews and interviews

The Canal Street Madam

Documentary Feature, Documentary Competition
D: Cameron Yates; with Jeanette Maier

Maier is a complicated figure: On the one hand, she seems to bear as a badge of honor the fact that she was once a successful brothel owner, even thriving on the attention her infamous, widely publicized bust garnered despite the fact that it effectively ruined her life. On the other hand, she is keenly aware of the fact that in many ways she has been victimized by the same good-old-boy network that used to come to her to have their carnal needs met. The Canal Street Madam catches up with Maier as she attempts to put her life back together after a felony conviction – no easy feat in a system that shunts convicts into a cycle of failure. Alternating between scenes of heartbreaking degradation and uplifting, hopeful moments of speaking truth to power, this documentary serves to remind us that, for some women, feminism is a luxury and that even survival is a stacked deck.

Friday, March 19, 2pm, Lamar 3

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for over 36 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

SXSW Film Releases Full Feature Lineup
SXSW Film Releases Full Feature Lineup
Slate includes everyone from Wes Anderson to the Zellners

Monica Riese, Jan. 30, 2014

Mindy Kaling Comes to SXSW
Mindy Kaling Comes to SXSW
The comedian and showrunner will speak March 9

Monica Riese, Jan. 21, 2014

More by Melanie Haupt
Staying Hospitable During Our Nation's Division
Staying Hospitable During Our Nation's Division
Local restaurateurs discuss civility at the table

Nov. 9, 2018

Pie Squared
Pie Squared

Oct. 26, 2018


The Canal Street Madam

One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

Updates for SXSW 2019

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle