Art for Art's Sake

Chanel brings out the stars to celebrate the Tribeca Film Fest's make-a-picture, get-a-picture Artists Program


Harry Brant, Laure Heriard Dubreuil, Giovanna Battaglia, and Aaron Young   
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There was a bevy of headliners at last night's Chanel/Tribeca Film Festival Artists Dinner at The Odeon—from actors (Uma Thurman, fest juror Mira Sorvino, and TFF founder Robert De Niro) to models (Jamie Bochert and Joan Smalls) to fashion fixtures (Laure Heriard Dubreuil, Julia Restoin Roitfeld, and Vanessa Traina). But the breakout star of the night wasn't even flesh and blood: It was the on-site Chanel vending machine. Guests could walk right up, insert a little black card (supplied), and the device would dispense nail varnish, lipstick, or a bottle of Chanel No. 5 as if it were nothing more than a bag of chips. "I'm not sure if there's anything for me in there, but there's plenty for Laure, so I'll be the one stuffing it all in my pockets," said Aaron Young, who's coming off his modeling debut as the face of Zilli's new Peter Lindbergh-lensed campaign. "They used to make a new leather jacket for Francis Bacon every year, so they've had a long relationship with artists," he added.

The dinner was held in support of the Artists Program—a scheme that allows winning Tribeca filmmakers to take home a work of art rather than a statuette. (Only at Tribeca can a lucky winner go home with a Platonic Haircut—in this case, a collage by Dustin Yellin.) Who would win? Attendees were placing their bets. Anya Ziourova was impressed with the Gucci documentary that the label's face, James Franco, made, depicting Frida Giannini's personal side. "It surprised me how much she cooks," she said. Olivier Zahm—the center of attention at what Max Snow dubbed "the cool table"—seemed particularly intrigued by Joséphine de La Baume's vampire film, Kiss of the Damned, which screens tonight. "Is it a sexy vampire film?" he asked. Harley Viera-Newton and Annabelle Dexter-Jones assured him that it was. Zahm's pal André Saraiva revealed that he's planning to shoot a sexy movie of his own: "It's kind of a porn. That's all I can say," he explained. No word on whether it's headed to Tribeca next year.

Meanwhile, Mad Men's Kiernan Shipka decreed that if she ever wins a Tribeca prize, a Picasso would be her ideal reward. "I just wrote a report on him for my Spanish class, and I've been sort of obsessed with his work ever since," she said. Shoot for the stars! In the meantime, her takeaway for the evening was nothing to sniff at: a tube of Chanel lipstick. From the vending machine.

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