Watch the Trailer for the New McQueen Documentary Premiering at TriBeCa This Weekend

 

When it comes to fashion, there’s only ever been one Alexander McQueen. His edgy, avant-garde looks and radical runway presentations throughout the ’90s and early-to-mid-’00s constantly pushed boundaries and reinvented shapes, catapulting the volatile young designer to infamy and accolades.

When he took his own life in 2010 at just 40-years-old, the fashion world was devastated by the loss of such an inimitable genius. And McQueen, the new documentary by Ian Bonhôte and Peter Ettedgui, will at last give genuine insight into his life and creative process.

 

 

Born in London, the designer graduated from Central Saint Martins before taking over the position of head designer at Givenchy and launching his eponymous brand. By the time he was in his thirties, he had won the “British Designer of the Year” award four different times. Beyond his innovative design approach, McQueen completely redefined fashion – and the fashion show – as we’d come to understand it. Whether he was recreating a shipwreck (S/S ’03), using models in a game of human chess (S/S ’05), or programming robots to spray-paint supermodel Shalom Harlow at the end of the runway (S/S ’99), he never saw fashion as just a way to make pretty clothes (though his designs were definitely so). For Alexander McQueen, everything was art.

In the film, Bonhôte and Ettedgui capture this through archival footage, never-before-seen photographs and interviews with the designer’s closest friends and family. Premiering this weekend at TriBeCa Film Festival, McQueen paints a powerful portrait of one of his generation’s most influential artists.

Watch the trailer, below.

 

 

Photos courtesy of ‘McQueen;’ Buy tickets here.

 

Designer Raf Simons Talks Nerves, Fears, and Getting Emotional for New Documentary “Dior and I”

In an interview with WWD, Christian Dior’s Raf Simons discusses the filming of the documentary “Dior and I” about his coming to the house that will premiere next week at the Tribeca Film Festival. Geniuses get nerves, too.

270 hours of raw footage have been whittled down to the final documentary, a film that Simons found both comforting and emotional. Said Simons, “There was an enormous intimacy in the movie, which I think is also present in Dior, in the company. In the building, there was a strong kind of family feel.”

The filmmaker Frédéric captured Simons’ creative process — so rooted in contemporary art in a house “steeped in tradition” — a process that includes a bit of a temper:
“As he watches the film long afterward, Simons squirms as his anger flares in some scenes…”
… even at Simons notes he appears much more calm then he had envisioned. Wonder what the members of the atelier would have to say about that.
The film premieres on April 17. See stills from the film, below.

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Main image: Dior fall 2014, photo by Guillaume Roujas for nowfashion.com

Stills: Courtesy

Sandra Bernhard On Sharing ‘The King of Comedy’ Set With Scorcese & De Niro

When I was running clubs, I had the pleasure of booking Sandra Bernhard a number of times. Her talent – and the inevitable and often uncomfortably wonderful swirl of controversy that defines her every move – makes her a tone-setting choice for a big night. You always know where she stands, and sometimes you better be sitting down to hear it. I chatted with her last month, and we did a phoner earlier in the week to help promote the 30th anniversary of The King of Comedy – a restored version of the 1982 Martin Scorsese flick, starring Robert De Niro and Sandra – that’s closing the Tribeca Film Festival.

Where did your character Masha from The King of Comedy come from? Is it a combination of your childhood friends and memories, or is it you?
No. It’s totally based on who I was as at the time, which was a very, you know, super-energized person (laughs). I fit the bill, and the kind of crazy, neurotic aspects of the character Masha. are me. And of course, as an actress, I brought other elements to it, but it was not a stretch for me to play that role. 

So Jerry Lewis was actually a second choice to Johnny Carson, who actually had his own talk show. But Jerry did what I thought was one of the best performances of his career in this film. There’s one scene where De Niro started yelling racial epithets at him, trying to get a rise out of him, which really set the tone. What was it like working with Jerry? 
Well, for me it was very intimidating and intense. Everything that kind of felt natural between the two of us as people also worked for the role because, as I’ve often said, I don’t think he’d [Jerry Lewis] ever worked with a woman like me before who was from a post-feminist era. I think every woman he had ever worked with was kind of just there, as a foil. So this is a new experience for him. Of course, I grew up on his work, you know, and looked up to him, so it was a funny relationship but it worked for the characters. 

The incredible scene where you have him duct-taped to the chair, and you’re playing with him – and it’s all sexual — 
Right.

Basically he’s threatened and not enjoying it, and you were just in heaven. Did the two of you talk about it in advance or did it just unfold?
Well, it was a combination. We had rehearsed some of these scenes, but a lot of it was just improvised. Jerry was sort of watching it all unfold the first time, as I was just there in the moment. It was all very new and fresh, so I think all the reactions everybody had were very genuine and organic, since a lot of the stuff was not written. It just kind of came from me, so it was a combination of being truly kind of surprised and engaged in the scene. 

I’ve met a lot comedians in my private life, and a lot of them are just on all the time. You talk to a guy like Gilbert Gottfried, and he’s just non-stop. There’s no difference between the character on stage, and the character himself as a person. Is the Jerry we saw in film natural? More like the real Jerry?
Yeah, yeah, he is. He likes to pontificate and tell people his opinions. He’s a little bit, you know, well, you know – he’s Jerry! He’s been around. He’s an auteur. 

It’s been 30 years – that’s a big chunk of time! When’s the last time you saw the film?
In its entirety?  I can’t even remember. I’ve seen bits and pieces of it, but I have not sat and watched it from stem to stern in quite a long time. 

Are you attending the premiere?
I actually cannot attend the premiere. I booked a performance months ago that’s in association with the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburg, and I can’t get out of it. I’m doing a lot of press and a few little, surprise things to promote the event that I can’t talk about right now cause they’re surprises!

There was a report that it took De Niro seven years to work with Scorsese again. Since then, they’ve done a number of films together. Both said the set was full of so much tension. Do you recall that kind of tension?
No, I didn’t sense any tension at all. The material was intense and the roles were intense, but I felt like everybody got along really well, and I had an incredible time. I didn’t get caught up in any drama, but I don’t remember any… you know?

That was Wikipedia talking, so…
OH! They don’t know – they’re nobodies! (laughs) Never draw on anything from Wikipedia! 

“Research.” Really though, the film was very uneasy to watch. It was a comedy with some chilling scenes in it. I remember not knowing what to say when I walked out, and every time since.
Right. It hits you from a lot of different levels, which I think is amazing, because that’s what filmmaking should do. 

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See a Lovely New Theatrical Poster for Richard Linklater’s ‘Before Midnight’

This afternoon, Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, and Ethan Hawke will make many a romantic cinephile’s heart melt when they head to the Tribeca Film Festival to talk their decade-spanning collaboration and the latest installment of their transcontinental love trilogy, Before Midnight. Thus far, we’re already seen a trailer and numerous stills for the film, which will be released on May 26th through Sony Pictures Classics, but today we’re graced with a theatrical poster for the film. It’s a simple and beautiful waters edge view of Celine and Jesse, our favorite couple, picking up nine years after "baby you’re gonna miss that plane." Take a look below, rewatch the trailer, count down the days, and get your tissues ready for next month’s release.

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Tribeca Film Festival to Honor Female Filmmaker With Inaugural Nora Ephron Prize

The Tribeca Film Festival begins tomorrow night and runs through next week, and along with all of the screenings of anticipated new films as well as old favorites, the festival will be honoring plenty of filmmakers with prizes. One such award is the newly created Nora Ephron Prize, which celebrates the legacy of the prolific writer and filmmaker by honoring one female writer or director with a $25,000 cash prize. Supported by Vogue, the Nora Ephron Prize will be awarded at the Women’s Filmmaker Brunch on April 25 by Tribeca Film Festival co-founder Jane Rosenthal and Sally Singer, creative digital director of Vogue.

"Nora Ephron’s work influenced screenwriters, filmmakers and movie goers,” Rosenthal said. “She was a great friend to the Festival since its inception, and I had the privilege to know her and be in absolute awe of her. She did it all brilliantly, with wit and wisdom that went straight to the heart.” 

The eight eligible filmmakers for the inaugural Nora Ephron Prize are as follows:

Laurie Collyer, Sunlight Jr.
Steph Green, Run and Jump
Jenee LaMarque, The Pretty One
Meera Menon, Farah Goes Bang
Mo Ogrodnik, Deep Powder
Marina de Van, Dark Touch
Jane Weinstock, The Moment
Enid Zentelis, Bottled Up

Go on Tour with the National in the New Documentary ‘Mistaken for Strangers’

The Tribeca Film Festival is but a few days away and what better way to kick off the festivities than with the highly-anticipated new music-fueled documentary Mistaken for Strangers. Directed and conceived while on tour with The National, filmmaker Tom Berninger—brother to the band’s frontman Matt Berninger—takes us on the tour behind High Violet, where he joined them as roadie. Pitchfork recently spoke with Matt who said:

It was a strange movie to make. At first when we went on tour, we decided we were making a mockumentary. We did a lot of that stuff for a while, then eventually there was a lot of tension between Tom and Brandon [Reid, tour manager], and Tom had wanted to put himself a little bit into the picture.

The band is two sets of brothers, I’m the guy without a brother in the band, and my mom would always be sending him links to articles about us, where it would say that all the time. We joked about it a little bit, but I think he had a little bit of a chip on his shoulder. He wanted the world to find out that there is another brother. Eventually, things kind of went south as far as his role as assistant tour manager. We crafted some of it to tell that story, and we’re not calling it a pure documentary, but it’s a very honest, personal narrative that we started chasing.

The film’s official film festival description reads:

The prolific, innovative rock band The National is on its biggest tour to date, but newbie roadie Tom, brother of frontman Matt Berninger, cannot help throwing a wrench into the well-oiled music machine. Tom’s moonlighting as an irreverent documentarian creates a drama of its own for the band on the road. Following the musicians and crew day and night, in places public and, ahem, private, Tom is reprimanded time and again. As endearing as the boy next door and embodying the wherewithal of a Christopher Guest character, he brings a delightfully awkward humor into the serious world of the seriously awesome The National. Brother Matt and his bandmates lend witty and profound colors to the mix, allowing carte blanche access to everything and anything that goes down on tour. 

The film will premiere on April 17th at Tribeca to be followed by a special performance by the National. So in the meantime, check out the trailer for Mistaken for Strangers below.
 

Evan Rachel Wood, Whoopi Goldberg & More Announced as the Tribeca Film Festival Jury

With only a few days left to spare, we’re all gearing up for this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, which looks to highlight a wide range of films from acclaimed and up-and-coming directors all over world, featuring the best in new talent and a return for directors whom have charmed us for years. And as of today, the jury for this year’s festival had officially been announced. The jurors will be divided among the seven competitive Festival categories, with the winners announced on April 25nd. 

Jane Rosenthal, the co-founder of the festival has stated: “We are delighted to welcome such an illustrious group of individuals to the Tribeca jury…We look forward to their expert perspective on the films and talent in our program and the dialogue that emerges from the process.”
 
For the World Competition Categories the jurors are as follows:
Narrative Compeition
 
  • Playwright, filmmaker, and screenwriter Kenny Longergan
  • Actress, director, writer, and producer Bryce Dallas-Howard
  • Filmmaker Paul Haggis
  • Actress Blythe Danner
  • Time Magazine Senior Editor Jessica Winter
World Documentary Competition
  • Whoopi Goldberg
  • Director and producer Sandi Dubowski
  • Actress Evan Rachel Wood
  • Actress Mira Sorvino
Emerging Competition Category:
Best New Narrative Director
  • Screenwriter, producer, and director Stu Zicherman
  • Actress ari Graynor
  • Screenwriter, producer, and director Naomi Foner
  • Screenwriter and director Tony Gilroy
  • Actress Radha Mitchell

To see the complete list of jurors, visit the Tribeca Film Festival site.

Attend Tribeca Film Festival From Your Own Home

The 12th Annual Tribeca Film Festival takes place April 17-28 in lower Manhattan, and it brings together film fanatics and filmmakers from the world over. But what if you’re one of the unlucky folks who can’t make it to New York City in a couple weeks for the cinematic festivities. Well, Tribeca Film Festival has you covered: film fans in the United States will be able to experience the festival with video-on-demand offerings, the Tribeca Online Festival, and the #6SECFILMS Vine Competition.

During the festival’s run, four films from the lineup—What Richard Did, Greetings from Tim Buckley, Fresh Meat, and The English Teacher—will be released nationwide via video on demand. Additionally, the Tribeca Online Festival will offer free streaming of feature-length and short films, including Alias Ruby Blade: A Story of Love and Revolution, Lil Bub & Friendz, Farah Goes Bang, RPG OKC, Delicacy, The Exit Room, and A Short Film About Guns. Online viewers can vote for the best feature and short films, with the winners receiving $16,000. 

A new digital initiative at this year’s festival includes the launch of the #6SECFILMS Vine Competition. Filmmakers can submit in one of four categories—#genre, #auteur, #animate and #series—using both the category hashtag and #6SECFILMS. Shortlists in each category will be viewable for the public on April 17 and will compete for cash prizes of $600. Submissions are now open through midnight on April 7. Winners will be announced by the Tribeca Online Festival on April 26.

“We are always looking for ways to expand our community and engage new audiences,” said Geoff Gilmore, Chief Creative Officer of Tribeca Enterprises. “For the past three years, viewers nationwide have been able to take in a selection of Festival films and activities, even if they aren’t able to make it to Tribeca. This year we have expanded the opportunity for the public to participate in the Festival not just as observers, but also as creators through our first ever Vine competition, which is open to anyone with an imagination and a Vine app.” It’s hard to imagine these new initiatives will be anything other than a success, and one can hope that other major film festivals will open up opportunities for those who can’t travel to Park City or Cannes to participate in the love of emerging cinema. 

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See a First Look at Clark Gregg’s ‘Choke’ Follow-Up ‘Trust Me’

I love Clark Gregg. Not entirely sure just why, but I truly always have. So I am certainly pleased that not only will we get to see him in Joss Whedon’s highly-anticipated stripped down adaptation of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, but this sprinug also marks the premiere of his sophomore directorial effort, Trust Me. Penned by Gregg as well, the film is his follow-up to the Sam Rockwell-helmed Chuck Palahnick Choke adaptation—and this time, will hopefully have a more favorable turnout. However, this too stars Gregg alongside Rockwell, as well as the always brilliant William H. Macy and Amanda Peet, whom we haven’t seen enough of recently. 

Premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival next month, Trust Me will be featured in the Narrative section, with the official synopsis of the film reading:

Trust Me follows flailing Hollywood agent Howard, who seemingly strikes gold after signing the next big child star. What results is an unexpected ride through the nasty inner workings of Hollywood, as Howard desperately tries to make it in an industry that has no interest in recognizing his bumbling but ultimately genuine nature.

Take a look at the first stills from the film below.

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