As an obsessive Karen Carpenter fan, the daughter of one of the Beach Boys, a member of Wilson Phillips, and a successful artist in her own right, Carnie Wilson has been candid for decades about her struggle with eating disorders. "I was a teenager with my own eating problems and had started some of the same dangerous behaviors and routines Karen resorted to in hopes of losing weight. Her death was a big reality check for me because I didn’t know it could kill you.
"Back then, the world was just learning the consequences of anorexia and bulimia. And it was Karen’s untimely passing that informed the world that eating disorders could be deadly. We’ve come so far, but topics relating to self esteem and eating issues are still so relevant to young women today."
Recently honored with a Canadian Screen Award for Best TV Movie for I Was Lorena Bobbitt, Andy Streitfeld founded AMS Pictures four decades ago. In that time, he has executive produced over 50 documentaries, tackling subjects like depression, domestic abuse, racism, and other important social issues.
"When I was 22, I was in an elevator with Karen and Richard Carpenter. I grew up loving their music and, of course, following Karen's tragic story. There is still so much to understand about why it happened and how it's still happening today. This might be the most important work we've ever done."
Randy Schmidt is the bestselling author of Little Girl Blue: The Life of Karen Carpenter as well as books on Judy Garland and Dolly Parton. "I get messages from readers all over the world who love the Carpenters’ music and are touched by my telling of Karen’s story. I also hear from young people who are experiencing low self-esteem, body image issues, and other struggles similar to Karen’s.
"Producing and writing this documentary has allowed me to expand on some of these themes and explore them in depth with the voices of those who knew and worked closely with Karen as well as others who were simply inspired by her life and music. Their insight, along with the rare, unheard tapes of Karen telling us her story in her own words, results in what I feel is a unique and truly special film."
Randy Martin is an award-winning veteran director of television documentary films, including the Sundance Channel series The Inspiration Sessions, and has interviewed everyone from presidents to pop megastars to sports icons. Martin also produced Barack Obama: The Man and His Journey and Tiger at Thirty.
Growing up in the heart of the Carpenters' era, Randy brings an authentic sense of nostalgia to the project while creating a timely, cautionary tale for today's image-obsessed culture.
"To me, Karen's velvety-rich contralto voice evokes equal parts grace and sadness—in many ways the aural coalescence of the human condition."
Editor - Producer
Brad Osborne is an award-winning writer, director, editor, and musician who has helmed numerous television documentaries including Tom Petty: Won't Back Down and Shania Twain: The Price of Fame. His latest project is Lifetime's #TextMeWhenYouGetHome, a docu-series devoted to women's safety issues.
"From the moment I heard the very first note of 'Yesterday Once More', I've been in love with Karen Carpenter's voice. Helping tell her tragic story accurately is both an honor and a humbling responsibility."