Bill Cunningham New York

Bill Cunningham New York

This weekend I attended a screening of  Bill Cunningham New York at the Dallas International Film Festival.  Bill Cunningham has two columns for the New York Times chronicling the intersection between fashion and society in New York {Evening Hours/On The Street}. For over fifty years, he has lived in the same studio above Carnegie Hall and lived a monk-like existence. Bill rides only a worn bicycle as  his means transportation (he’s had 15 over the years), only uses film that he develops at a 1-hr photo, and typically gets around to eating about one meal a day. Film makers had just finished the film two weeks prior. They explained further that this project has taken about 10 years to make ( including about eight years to convince Bill to let them film).

{Image Source from Bill Cunningham New York}

Cunningham has photographed  everyone from the city’s eccentrics, pillars of society, and the “fixtures” of NY culture  like Tom Wolfe and Vogue Editor, Anna Wintour (he has taken pictures of her for decades). Bill’s never cared much for the money, recognition, or celebrities explaining; ” It has always been about the clothes”.  This may quite simply be the most touching documentary I have seen in a long time and has become an instant favorite!

 

Q+A with filmmakers

 

Quote by Vogue Editor, Anna Wintour {Film Sponsor Neiman Marcus}

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