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Bill Cunningham New York

Bill Cunningham New York
Director: Richard Press

USA, Documentary, 2010, 84 min, english with lithuanian subtitles, V
“We all get dressed for Bill,” says Vogue editrix Anna Wintour. The “Bill” in question is 80+ New York Times photographer and society chronicler Bill Cunningham. For decades, this bike-riding cultural anthropologist has been obsessively and inventively chronicling fashion trends and high society charity soirées for the Times Style section in his columns “On the Street” and “Evening Hours.” Documenting uptown fixtures, downtown eccentrics and everyone in between, Cunningham’s enormous body of work is more reliable than any catwalk as an expression of time, place and individual flair. In turn, “Bill Cunningham New York” is a delicate, funny, poignant and moving portrait of a dedicated artist whose only wealth is his own humanity and unassuming grace.
 
Awards:
 
2010 – Audience Award and Best Documentary Award at the Melbourne International Film Festival (Australia).
2010 – Audience Award and Best Documentary Award at the Sydney Film Festival (Australia).
2010 – Best Storytelling in a Documentary Film Award at the Nantucket Film Festival (USA).
2010 – Best Documentary Award at the Abu Dhabi International Film Festival (United Arab Emirates).
2010 – Audience Award and Best Documentary Award at the Canberra International Film Festival (Australia).
2011 – Boston Society of Film Critics (USA) 2nd Place Award for Best Documentary. 
2011 – Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film (USA) Award for Best Documentary.
 
About the director:
 
Richard Press, an American director, cinematographer and writer, was born in New York (USA). He studied photography and graphic design at the University of California, Berkeley (USA), but soon turned to filmmaking. He has written and directed several award-winning short films, including “2÷3” (2000), which premiered at the New York Film Festival (USA) and received Panorama Award of the New York Film Academy at the Berlin International Film Festival (Germany); “Rambles” (1994) and “Expecting”, both of which premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival (Germany). “Bill Cunningham New York” is Richard Press’ feature film debut. Director claims, that it took him ten years to make the film: eight to convince Bill to be filmed and two to actually shoot and edit the film. But the result – deeply moving and visually engaging documentary – was worth the wait.
Section: All The Muses

Dir. of Photography: Richard Press, Tony Cenicola

Music: Skooby Laposky