Thursday, May 21st-Wednesday, May 27th, 7:30pm
Albert Maysles, 2014, 78 min
The latest film from legendary documentarian and Maysles Documentary Center and Cinema founder Albert Maysles (Salesman, Gimme Shelter, Grey Gardens), Iris pairs the late 88-year-old filmmaker (who passed away on March 5) with Iris Apfel, the quick-witted, flamboyantly dressed 93-year-old style maven who has had an outsized presence on the New York fashion scene for decades. More than a fashion film, the documentary is a story about creativity and how a soaring free spirit continues to inspire. Iris portrays a singular woman whose enthusiasm for fashion, art and people are life's sustenance and reminds us that dressing, and indeed life, is nothing but an experiment. Despite the abundance of glamour in her current life, she continues to embrace the values and work ethic established during a middle-class Queens upbringing during the Great Depression. "I feel lucky to be working. If you're lucky enough to do something you love, everything else follows."
"There are few better ways right now to spend 80 movie minutes than to see Iris, a delightful eye-opener about life, love, statement eyeglasses, bracelets the size of tricycle tires and the art of making the grandest of entrances. Directed by Albert Maysles — one half of the legendary documentary team that made Grey Gardens — this is a documentary about a very different kind of woman who holds your imagination from the moment she appears. You can’t take your eyes off Iris Apfel (she wouldn’t have it any other way), but, then, why would you want to?" -- Manohla Dargis, NYT Critics' Pick
Thursday, May 21st: Q&A with producer and daughter of Albert Maysles, Rebekah Maysles, and Nelson Walker, director of photography and co-director of Albert Maysles’ other last work In Transit.
Friday, May 22nd: Q&A with producers Laura Coxson and Jennifer Ash Rudick.
Tuesday, May 26th: Q&A with and editor and co-producer Paul Lovelace
and director of photography Nick Canfield.
Wednesday, May 27th: Subject Iris Apfel in person interviewed by historian Michael Henry Adams (Author of “Harlem Lost and Found”).