ByTowne Cinema
 325 Rideau St.
(613) 789-Film

Directed by Albert Maysles
USA, 2014

May 28-31, 2015

If you like larger-than-life characters, then Iris Apfel is someone definitely worth meeting. She wears mammoth black, round glasses. 

She's eccentric, inventive, and a respected authority on fashion. What she wears can be categorized as extraordinary, bizarre, outrageous, unusual, unique, unexpected, astonishing , unconventional.

She is the fashionista beyond all fashionistas - the Queen of Accessories.  And those who work in design, find her imagination fascinating.  Her clothes are improvised like jazz.  She tries things until she sees what she likes. Some of her jewellery looks like it weighs two tons. Some of the beads she dons are gigantic.  She probably gains 10 pounds wearing them. And she can't wear some of her jewellery more than 1/2 hour.  It's too heavy.

The film opens like a fashion show as Iris explains different 'outfits' she is wearing.  She has shopped all over the world, searching for exceptional  pieces to drape around herself and others.  She insists there's too much sameness in the world. "Everything is homogenized," she says. "I don't have any rules.
I would only be breaking them. It's all gut."

For her, the best part of clothes is getting dressed for the party; not the party itself - it's the experience of  choosing what to wear that she loves.

Albert Maysles, the renowned documentary filmmaker of the Mayseles Brother team (Grey Gardens, Gimme Shelter), has captured all of her eccentricities. In one scene, she's wearing an overly large, red coat covered in what looks like feathers.

Iris collects things. Her two-floor apartment on Park Avenue in New York City is stuffed with clothes. Her Palm Springs apartment in Florida is stuffed with toys adults might like. There's a bear that flaps its ears and a Christmas train that runs on a track on the floor. 

She and her husband, Carl, are kids at heart.

Carl turns 100 in the film. Iris is 93-years-young.  She is still excited about living. "If you hang around long enough, everything comes back in style," she explains. We see Iris wearing a type of blue work shirt with Mickey Mouse decor.

Carl and Iris are a lovely couple and complement each other in charming ways. And they still hold hands.

Iris knows she isn't a beauty queen.  "Style is important if you are not pretty," she says. But she detests plastic surgery. "You might come out looking like a Picasso."

Carl:  "I think I'll keep her."  Iris: "My trade-in value is not so hot."

She's no rookie. Iris was a famous
designer and started out by working for Women’s Wear Daily. She and Carl founded Old World Weavers, a luxury fabric company. Her clients were high-end, including The White House, the Senate and Jacqueline Kennedy, who she can't talk about.

Iris calls herself the "Geriatric Starlet."

What is important to her:  Good health, curiosity, and a sense of humor. She likes keeping active.. being in the world.

Stay for the credits. She doesn't go away.

                                    Review by Lois Siegel



Audrey's Costume Castle & Dancewear

"Await The Freight"

Mitch St. Pierre

Intermode Media
It will also air on Current TV (United States)

Produced by Intermode Media with the help
 of Story Editor Sue Stranks
 Director at the Canadian Film Television Production Association

Two daring travelers embark on the journey of a lifetime.

Mitch and Skot

Along the way they encounter countless difficulties and obstacles
 that come rolling with the wheelchair and living life off the beaten track.
Come along for the ride and see how they meet adversity and beat overwhelming odds.
Mitch, who has been diagnosed with a brittle bone disorder
sets out on this dangerous expedition in a wheelchair.

He faces unbelievable barriers when attempting freight train hops in the constraints of his chair. Accompanied by his best friend Skot
 the two document their story as they face the unknown in "Await the Freight."

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Quiet Revolution Pictures, Majika Pictures and Denmark's Fridthjof Films with the support of
Telefilm Canada and The Danish Film Institute will be filming the feature-length dark comedy,
Eddie" in the Nation’s Capital

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Miriam Nørgaard and Michael Dobbin

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Boris Rodriguez, Director

Starring Thure Lindhart (Angels & Demons, Into The Wild), Georgina Reilly (Pontypool, This Movie is Broken), Al Goulem (18 to Life, The Trotsky) and Dylan Smith (300, Love & Savagery).

Production is scheduled to begin February 7, 2011.
Quiet Revolution Pictures:
Fridthjof Films:
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Ottawa, ON Canada,  February 7, 2011 –the Nation’s Capital is being transformed into the set of a twisted, dark-comedy movie entitled "Eddie." The satirical story is about a once-famous painter who rediscovers inspiration after he befriends a sleepwalking cannibal. Telefilm Canada and the Danish Film Institute have partially funded the project to be directed by Boris Rodriguez (Havana Kids, Beso Nocturno) and produced by Ottawa native Michael A. Dobbin (The Devil’s Curse, Powerful: Energy for Everyone, The Maiden Dance to Death) and Ronnie Fridthjof (Armadillo, Tempo). “The National Capital Region is the ideal setting for this movie. I’m really looking forward to working here,” says Boris.

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Michael Dobbin, Producer

Director Boris Rodriguez is a graduate of Concordia University and the Canadian Film Centre. Boris’ films Beso Nocturno (Night Kiss) and Perfect both had premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and Beso Nocturno was selected for a retrospective at the Museum Of Modern Art in New York.

Michael’s past work as a producer includes Toni Harman's debut horror entitled The Devil's Curse (aka Credo), (currently available through Lionsgate and iTunes), David Chernushenko’s Powerful: Energy for Everyone as well as Endre Hules' The Maiden Danced to Death. Michael was mentored by BAFTA-winning producer of East is East, Leslee Udwin. He’s an alumnus of the film programme of Ryerson. In October 2006, Michael founded the ‘Just Watch Me!’ Canadian Film Festival and as a story editor, script doctor and lecturer is in steady demand on both sides of the Atlantic.

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at Ottawa International Animation Festival


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 Will Inrig's short, animated film
 "The Depose of Bolskivoi Hovhannes" won the
Adobe Prize for High School Animation


This is his first animated film and tells the story of a humble shepherd
on a wind-swept heath in Armenia, whose sheep begin to conspire against him.


Inrig gained significant attention last summer with his debut feature documentary film
"The Exceptional Jivatma Valettas" that chronicles his very eccentric next-door neighbours.
 The film
premiered at the Library and Archives Canada.

He is currently working on another feature documentary
 "The Fantastic Ballet of the Mind and Its Master," exploring the inner fantasies of the autistic mind.

The film is inspired by his younger brother who has been diagnosed with severe autism.
Inrig is working with
the National Film Board of Canada through
 the assistance of Oscar-winning producer Adam Symansky.
Acting as the film’s executive producer is renowned Canadian filmmaker
 and Order of Canada recipient Allan King ("Warrendale," "A Married Couple").

Inrig is mentored by Order of Canada recipient Alanis Obomsawin,
one of Canada’s most distinguished documentary filmmakers
 and Ottawa filmmaker Lois Siegel.


Inrig's first dramatic feature about an enigmatic alien landing in northern Ontario,
 is also being supported by the National Film Board of Canada


 "The Depose of Bolskivoi Hovhannes" was made as part of
Canterbury High School's Media Arts Program 


Director: Will Inrig
Camera: Gordon Bailey

AUDIO: Will Inrig talks to All in a Day host Adrian Harewood on CBC Radio July 23, 2008

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