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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
(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
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
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
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 07.02.2011Contact:
Danny McLeod T: +1 613 282-3858 E:
NATIONAL CAPITAL TO BE MOVIE SET OF
NEW DARK COMEDY
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.
Photo by Lois Siegel
and Michael Dobbin
Photo by Lois Siegel
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:
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.
Photo by Lois Siegel
Michael Dobbin, Producer
Director Boris Rodriguez is a graduate of Concordia University and
the Canadian Film Centre. Boris’ films
Beso Nocturno (Night Kiss)
both had premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival
(TIFF) and Beso
selected for a retrospective at the Museum Of Modern Art in New
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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Danny McLeod, Assistant Producer + 613 282-3858
Ottawa International Animation Festival
Teen Filmmaker First Local
at Ottawa International Animation Festival
©Photo by Lois Siegel
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
Exceptional Jivatma Valettas"
that chronicles his
very eccentric next-door
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
Inrig is mentored by Order of
Canada recipient Alanis Obomsawin,
one of Canada’s most distinguished documentary
and Ottawa filmmaker Lois Siegel.
Inrig's first dramatic feature about an
enigmatic alien landing in northern Ontario,
is also being supported by the
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