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Art Basel Miami Beach's Movie Marathon Night

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Diane Pernet generally observes the world from behind dark lenses. In Miami (for the first time in her life) to showcase her annual film festival A Shaded View on Fashion, the inimitable editor and curator has already gotten an eyeful. "I've been here about 24 hours and seen a lot of plastic surgery," she reported last night at the Delano. "It's fun. It's so America, you know. I mean, I saw strange things, like people in the art fair with no shoes. Sometimes it's a bit casual." The hotel was playing films by Mike Figgis on elevator landings and projecting other greatest hits from Pernet's latest edition on a building wall visible from its rooftop, where French shirtmaker Equipment hosted a cocktail party with ACRIA.

Nowness.com took an identical approach, wall-projecting a compilation of its video work atop Soho Beach House. The LVMH-owned culture site's main draw of the evening, however, was a sneak peek at The Artist Is Present, a forthcoming documentary about Marina Abramovic's herculean sit-and-stare marathon last year at MoMA. And present she was, fielding questions after the truncated but tantalizing screening. "I really decided to show all my contradictions and to show the unique parts, the things you're ashamed of," Abramovic said. "How I can be interested in fashion and at the same time do this kind of stuff? I can, and that's what the movie shows." The movie plays next month at Sundance, followed by airings on HBO.

Yet another film was being offered up at the Standard, where Interview magazine and the Andy Warhol Museum screened a soundless preview of Warhol's little-seen movie San Diego Surf. In it, a married couple in La Jolla rent their beach house to a group of surfers, to whom they try to marry off their pregnant daughter. By Basel standards, the party was fairly quiet—that is, until a flash mob of a dozen or so dancers wearing white Warhol wigs and sunglasses ran through the crowd.

Meanwhile, Erin Wasson was headlining a party at the Alchemist boutique at 1111 Lincoln Road, Herzog & de Meuron's landmark parking garage. The shop's owner, Roma Cohen, was the first retailer to carry her diamond body chains, and Wasson told Style.com that she's planning to launch her first collection of leather goods next year. "Beautiful materials, yet you could've picked it up off the street in San Telmo, Argentina—I wanted it to have that same sort of soulful feel as my jewelry," she said between mouthfuls of chocolate mousse. The building's developer, Robert Wennett, was plying her with desserts in his sprawling top-floor residence, but Wasson joined co-host Todd Selby downstairs after offering a word of advice to all the collectors in town: "I got drunk with Erick Swenson when I was 17 and convinced him to give me a monkey head. Now he's doing shows at the Whitney and I'm one of three people with a monkey head. So liquor does sometimes work to your advantage."

Lancôme and W had canceled their party in the parking garage on account of wind, and so Elettra Wiedemann, who'd flown down for it, found herself toasting Ever Manifesto at the Webster instead. Gucci bankrolled the eco-oriented style publication's latest issue, which is ad-free, and Stefano Tonchi came on as guest editor. The theme this time is bamboo, with which editor Alexia Niedzielski declared herself and co-founders Elizabeth von Guttman and Charlotte Casiraghi "obsessed."

Elsewhere, the wild and woolly revels included Art Basel Miami Beach's 10th anniversary bash at the New World Symphony, which made use of live alligators, and Vito Schnabel, Stavros Niarchos, and Alex Dellal's party with Dom Pérignon at Wall. Filmmaker Harmony Korine was playing it comparatively low-key at the Mondrian, where he screened Caput, a reinterpretation of the observatory fight scene from Rebel Without a Cause. (Picture female BMX gangs duking it out in the buff with machetes.) The six-minute film is part of the blockbuster exhibition James Franco is organizing at L.A.'s MOCA in May. The do-it-all actor plays a gang leader in it, but couldn't make it down to Miami because he's currently filming Oz: The Great and Powerful in Detroit. Before heading off to bed, though, Korine was happy to explain their collaboration process: "We talked about it, he showed up, and we did it."

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