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FEATURING LEGENDARY VOGUE EDITOR ANDRE LEON TALLEY,
US WEEKLY FASHION DIRECTOR SASHA CHARNIN MORRISON, PRESIDENT OF SUNDANCE PRODUCTIONS LAURA MICHALYCHSHYN, PRESIDENT OF VIMEO DAE MELLENCAMP,
LEGENDARY SUPERMODEL PAT CLEVELAND,
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WOMEN & FASHION FILMFEST 2013
Day 1: June 8, 2013 - Sat.
Session 1: Modeling
1:00pm Film - Girl Model
2:18pm Panel Discussion - Modeling: Safeguarding Our Girls with Harriette Cole, Rachel Blais, Sara Ziff, Sandi Bass, Maria McDonald, Loris Diran, Corinne Nicholas
Session 2: Defining Beauty
3:30pm Short Film - Blank Canvas
3:35pm Short Film - 34 x 25 x 36
3:42pm Film - About Face: Supermodels Then and Now
4:57pm Panel Discussion - Defining Beauty: The Role of Fashion & Media & the Impact on Women of All Ages with Dr. Shirley Madhere, Pat Cleveland, Ana Van Ravenstein, Audrey Smaltz, Ying Chu, others TBA
Session 3: Artist Focus
6:05pm Film - Ralph Rucci: A Designer and His House
6:53pm Panel Discusson - The Art & Business of Fashion Filmmaking: A Discussion with David Boatman moderated by Robert Verdi
7:40pm Closing Day 1
Day 2: June 9, 2013 - Sun.
Session 4: Fashion Short Films
12:00pm Student Fashion Shorts Selection
1:00pm Films - Lady Gaga - You and I - Jo, Yuyi, and Bride
1:07pm Films - Walking After Midnight
Session 5: Women & Social Media
1:45pm Film - Sexy Baby
3:09pm Panel Discussion - Social Media: Are We Harming Our Girls? with Jill Bauer, Ronna Gradus, John Johnson, Dr. Estella Sneider, Dr. Logan Levkoff
Session 6: Women & The Business of Fashion
4:19pm Panel Discussion - Women & The Business of Fashion: The Philosophy of Dressing a Woman with Patricia Field, Cornelia Guest, Carmela Spinelli, Colette Wong, Christina Perez, others TBA
5:15pm Networking Break
Session 7: Women & The Business of Entertainment
5:45pm Panel Discussion - Women & The Business of Entertainment: The Challenges of Projecting Women on Screen with Julie Pacino, Jennifer DeLia, Heather Matarazzo, others TBA
6:35pm Closing Day 2
The 2013 Inaugural Women & Fashion FilmFest Official Selection
(78 mins.) – A documentary by David Redmon & Ashely Sabin
Despite a lack of obvious similarities between Siberia and Tokyo, a thriving model industry connects these distant regions. Girl Model follows two protagonists involved in this industry: Ashley, a deeply ambivalent model scout who scours the Siberian countryside looking for fresh faces to send to the Japanese market, and one of her discoveries, Nadya, a thirteen year-old plucked from the Siberian countryside and dropped into the center of Tokyo with promises of a profitable career. After Ashley's initial discovery of Nadya, the two rarely meet again, but their stories are inextricably bound. As Nadya's optimism about rescuing her family from their financial difficulties grows, her dreams contrast against Ashley's more jaded outlook about the industry's corrosive influence.
Girl Model is a lyrical exploration of a world defined by glass surfaces and camera lenses, reflecting back differing versions of reality to the young women caught in their scope. As we enter further into this world, it more and more resembles a hall of mirrors, where appearances can't be trusted, perception become distorted, and there is no clear way out. Will Nadya, and the other girls like her, be able to find anyone to help them navigate this maze, or will they follow a path like Ashley's, having learned the tricks of the labyrinth but unable to escape its lure?
ABOUT FACE: SUPERMODELS, THEN AND NOW
(75 mins.) – A documentary for HBO by Timothy-Greenfield Sanders
About Face reunites fashion’s legendary models and examines their lives, careers, and lifelong relationship with beauty. From youth to cosmetic surgery, addiction to self-esteem, overnight stardom to reinvention, this HBO documentary reveals the extraordinary women behind the famous faces. Shot in Timothy Greenfield-Sanders' intimate portrait style, About Face highlights the women whose images defined our sense of beauty from the 1940s through the 1980s.
About Face features Carol Alt, Marisa Berenson, Karen Bjornson, Christie Brinkley, Pat Cleveland, Carmen Dell’Orefice, Jerry Hall, Bethann Hardison, Beverly Johnson, China Machado, Paulina Porizkova, Isabella Rossellini and Lisa Taylor. The film also includes special appearances by Kim Alexis, Nancy Donahue, Esme, Eileen Ford, Dayle Haddon, Cheryl Tiegs, Christy Turlington and Calvin Klein.
Quotes from the Film:
"They had something inside that came through... they had character, they had personality." – Calvin Klein
“My career has lasted so long, now going on 65 years, because I think of myself as a service.” – Carmen Dell’Orefice
“What people called sexual harassment we called compliments… when a 16 year-old is flattered by a man pulling out his penis in front of her that is kind of noteworthy.” – Paulina Porizkova
“(Face lifts)…. is this the new foot binding, is this a new way to be misogynist, is this a new way to tell women that you are ugly.” – Isabella Rossellini
“Of course it’s no fun getting old and sick and dying. We all know that’s coming and it’s a bore.”– Jerry Hall
“It’s a handicap in the acting world to be a model. You’re always thought of as brainless. You have to prove yourself much more.” – Marisa Berenson
“We were just overwhelmed with ourselves. We were so arrogant.” – Pat Cleveland
“I’m just really glad I didn’t die in the process.” – Lisa Taylor
RALPH RUCCI: A DESIGNER AND HIS HOUSE
(46 mins.) - A documentary on the legendary American Designer by David Boatman
“It is very important to show what the human hand can do.” Ralph Rucci, from the David Boatman film “Ralph Rucci: A Designer and His House”
Ralph Rucci: A Designer and His House is an insider’s look at the highest level of American haute-couture as seen through the lens of award-winning director David Boatman. The film follows the evolution of Ralph Rucci’s spring 2008 ready-to-wear and fall 2008 couture collections, from inspiration to presentation at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, France. Rucci makes it clear that his workroom isn’t just sewing clothes, but translating his dream of the impossible. Interviews include: Martha Stewart, Cathy Horyn, Coco Mitchell, James Galanos, Glenda Bailey and Deeda Blair.
(84 mins.) – A documentary by Jill Bauer and Ronna Gradus
An ex-adult film star, a 12 year old girl and a 22 year old who yearns for "normal" private parts are chronicled in this thought provoking documentary about how pornography, social media and pop culture affect women and girls. Sexy Baby is the first documentary film to put faces to a seismic cultural shift: the cyber age is creating a new sexual landscape. While doing research for the film, the filmmakers, Jill Bauer and Ronna Gradus, had intimate and candid conversations with kids in middle school classrooms, suburban shopping malls, nightclubs, college dorms, and even conducted an informal roundtable during a high school house party. While chronicling trends among small town and big city kids, they discovered this: Having pubic hair is considered unattractive and “gross.” Most youngsters know someone who has emailed or texted a naked photo of themselves. Many kids have accidentally or intentionally had their first introduction to sex be via hardcore online porn. Facebook has created an arena where kids compete to be "liked" and constantly worry about what image to portray – much of what was once private is now made public. And the list goes on.
With this vast collection of information, the filmmakers decided to tackle the topic through personal storytelling. At first glance, it may seem difficult to understand why they put a former porn star, a plastic surgery patient (Laura) and a 12-year-old girl (Winnifred), in the same film. But this was no accident. They found that the adult entertainment world, represented in our film by Nakita, is trickling into the mainstream world and affecting both Laura’s and Winnifred’s lives – but in profoundly different ways. Nakita becomes an ironic role model of sorts. Laura is an embracer of mainstream culture. And Winnifred is our eyes and ears, constantly questioning the status quo.
A short film by Yolonda Ross
Girl flees a heavy situation at home with her boyfriend. By circumstance, in the middle of the night, in the middle of nowhere, she comes face to face with a vision of confidence and sophistication that she's never seen before. This chance meeting changes her outlook of who she is, and more so, who she can become; transforming her life forever. As night gives way to morning, she abandons the young 'lost girl' she was, emerging as a young woman with purpose, into the light.
LADY GAGA – YOU AND I – JO
(2.23 mins.)– A short film featuring Lady Gaga by Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh
LADY GAGA – YOU AND I – YUYI
(2.15 mins.)– A short film featuring Lady Gaga by Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin
LADY GAGA – YOU AND I – BRIDE
(2.28 mins.) – A short film featuring Lady Gaga by Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin
United Nations Association Film Festival & UNAFF Traveling Film Festival Presents
(3 mins.) - A SHORT FILM BY DIRECTOR/PRODUCER SARAH BERKOVICH
When Kim received a devastating diagnosis for uterine cancer, her world turned upside down. Through her treatment, she has struggled to cope with her changing body image in positive ways. Taking an unconventional route, Kim decides to turn her baldness into a blank canvas for self-expression, and in doing so creates a powerful statement that allows her to share her experience with others.
34 x 25 x 36
(7 minutes) - a short film by Jesse Epstein
34 x 25 x 36 is Jesse Epstein’s third installment in a trilogy of films (along with The Guarantee and the Sundance award-winning Wet Dreams and False Images) examining issues of body image from quirky and revealing angles. This time, we are taken into the inner workings of the Patina V Mannequin Factory in City of Industry, Calif., where the artistry, craft and marketing that go into creating “the ideal woman of the moment” — in plastic — are accompanied by a remarkable amount of reflection on just what that ideal means (one thing it means is a 34” x 25” x 36” figure). Patina V is a place where the owner will tell women (and then run for cover), “There are no perfect bodies out there. We make the perfect body.” And the chief designer harkens back to the roots of his craft not only in French 19th-century wax figures but also in the religious icons of medieval times.
34x25x36 premiered as part of the POV Shorts Program on August 18, 2009.
WALKING AFTER MIDNIGHT
A short film by James Franco
WALKING AFTER MIDNIGHT- A dynamic brand film in a series of four vignettes directed by James Franco, stars Stuart Weitzman shoes as worn by Petra Nemcova. Inspired by the 1980s movie Mondo New York, the film follows a young woman during a late night stroll through downtown spots like The Hole, Le Baron, Peels, and Freeman's Alley, to the track of "Walking After Midnight" by the San Antonio-based band, Girl in a Coma.
Nominated Costume Designer Patricia Field & Designer Joanna Mastroianni