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Iris Apfel has been an icon in the fashion and interior design world for seventy-five years. Let's not even pretend we haven't noticed. From her signature glasses to her fabulously gaudy costume jewelry, Iris has been sparking our love of thrift-store finds since before we could shop. Now, she's getting her own documentary. Filmed by the late Albert Maysles (quite the seasoned individual himself, with Grey Gardens & Gimme Shelter under his ... Read More
It’s true! Little and Big Edie Beale will grace the big screen once again when this cult classic documentary opens in select theaters (starting at Film Forum in New York) this March, thanks to Janus Films. The East Hampton socialites-turned-recluses created a most unusual following when this doc, directed by Albert and David Maysles, first came out in 1976. The film takes place in the once lavish and stunning 28-room mansion lovingly named Grey Gardens after ... Read More
“What Happened, Miss Simone?” has been named as the opening film for the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. The documentary follows the life of artist and activist Nina Simone, and is directed by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Liz Garbus (The Farm: Angola, USA and Bobby Fischer Against the World). It will air as part of Netflix’s original programming and be available for streaming in 2015. Lisa Nishimura, VP of Original Documentary Programming on ... Read More
In Norah Shapiro’s documentary, Miss Tibet: Beauty in Exile, a Tibetan-American teenageer leaves home in Minnesota, dons a bikini and high heels, and heads to Dharamsala, India to vie for the crown of Miss Tibet. The film follows Tenzin Khecheo on an unusual search for her “Tibetan-ness” by way of a western-style beauty pageant staged by an eccentric impresario in the Indian region home to the exiled Tibetan government. Personally, I have a ... Read More
The latest and last installment of the MAKERS documentary series, “Women in Politics,” airs tonight at 9/8c on PBS. Narrated by Alfre Woodard, the continuing struggle for female representation in politics is personified in the stories of  Shirley Chisholm, Olympia Snowe, and Hillary Clinton, among others.   Just in time to make us feel really satisfied about voting today, right? (Go vote.)   MAKERS rewrites women into history -- ... Read More
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