18 posts tagged "Beatrice Inn"
Few people know the etymology of expressions they regularly bandy about. I often ask stutterers if a cat has gotten their tongue, with scarcely a clue as to whether it originated in medieval folk believing that a witch’s cat could indeed steal your tongue or Middle Easterners of yore legendarily feeding the tongues of liars to cats. (Both make equally charming fun facts to bring up over cocktails.) But Andrew Simkiss and Matt Creed, the young filmmakers behind www.uptheriverny.com, know exactly what they’re talking about. “Being sent up the river was common slang for going to prison when New York City prisoners would be sent up the Hudson to [Sing Sing],” explains Simkiss, a recent NYU film school grad. “The sound of the phrase just felt right for the site.” Incarceration references aside, the scripted and improvisational video shorts that the duo post are far from contained. “Sites like these are a good vehicle for getting work out to a lot of people, without having to go through festivals and distribution,” explains Creed, who graduated last year from The New School, his fifth university in six years. (For the latter four years, he focused on painting and acting.) The resulting celluloid works are a mix between short, art-house style pieces—like one that centers on the goofy, dazed wonder that a young adult could have with a simple toy—to slightly longer narrative pieces, like one reflecting on the very important metropolitan journey to a gallery opening. In theory, it’s all leading to something bigger: a feature film. There is one already in the works, set to take place on a farm during the Depression, that’s written and directed by Simkiss. The pair hopes to start filming in April. Until then, though, it’s work as usual, which, for Creed, in case you thought he looked familiar, means he’ll have to stick behind the DJ decks. “[Spinning[ has been like my day job, but at night,” explained Creed, a Beatrice Inn regular. “Hopefully, though, acting and making films will starting paying the rent.”
Our previous, um, exposure to France’s first lady has proved that she’s no wallflower. So it’s not much of a surprise to learn Carla Bruni-Sarkozy green- lighted a documentary following her courtship with the French president while he was still married. Only in France, kids, which, sadly, is the only place this little gem will be showing (for now).
If your look can be described as “American-Apparel-by-way- of-Bergdorf,” perhaps Chloe 81, the next pretender to the Beatrice Inn’s dark and smoky throne, should be your New Year’s Eve destination. Hurry, before Sean Avery claims a VIP section.
Remember yesterday’s nifty Bill Blass study guide? Well, today’s news of the company’s $10 million sale is all the more reason to study up, particularly since the new owners may be aiming for a runway revival.
Party attendees for 2008 by the numbers: Eva Mendes , the Gossip Girl cast, and Peaches Geldof (that loveable Brit) all perfected the pose-and-get-paid stance required of celebs. Congratulations to all. It ain’t easy being ubiquitous.