The Independent Filmmaker Project has supported the development of more than 7,000 movies over the years, and at the organization's spring gala last night, the indie film community gave right back. "I actually, on the red carpet, gave the photographers my posterior," Patricia Clarkson reported, re-enacting an over-the-shoulder glance. "This dress gives you a good derriere." She was in a hot pink number by Diane von Furstenberg, who hosted the party (her fourth in as many nights) at her Meatpacking District studio.
Before dinner, Tatiana von Furstenberg accepted special recognition for her debut feature, Tanner Hall, which will hit theaters in August. She's currently in post-production on a triptych of short films shot at a forties-era Tyrolean resort. "It's a very scary process," the younger von Furstenberg said of filmmaking. "I went from having zero people in my employment to leading a team of 75 overnight." Purple editor Olivier Zahm led a team of one—Paz de la Huerta—on an impromptu photo shoot before dinner, where the pair was joined by the likes of Uma Thurman, Mira Nair, and Precious screenwriter Geoffrey Fletcher. Also spotted: Byrdie Bell, whose stint on Israeli Big Brother has made her a hit abroad, and model/actress Kiera Chaplin, who had an update: "I'm not acting anymore. I'm writing a book."
But just about everyone else had a new movie in the pipeline, from Zachary Quinto, who's producing and acting in one about the financial collapse, to Clarkson, who's starring as Tallulah Bankhead in a biopic that starts shooting this fall. "We just got the script today, and it's extraordinary," she said. And the wardrobe? "Oh, Lord God!"