5 posts tagged "Tribeca Film Festival"
HBO’s forthcoming documentary The Battle of amfAR won’t air until December, but its debut screening at the Tribeca Film Festival last night certainly managed to draw a crowd, with Uma Thurman, Harry Belafonte, and Fern Mallis all coming out in support. Mallis—a founding board member of Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS—told Style.com that she remembered giving amfAR one of DIFFA’s first grants, back in the eighties, to buy a refrigerator. These days, amfAR can afford its own iceboxes. It’s also evolved into one of the world’s leading funders of AIDS research, and the charity’s work and donations have made many new therapies available. And, of course, it’s amassed an impressive roster of celebrity endorsers—heck, Sarah Jessica Parker chaired its New York City gala in February.
But one mustn’t forget amfAR’s first famous patron, Dame Elizabeth Taylor. The Battle of amfAR chronicles Taylor’s work with clinician Dr. Mathilde Krim in mobilizing during the early days of HIV. In the film’s opening moments, Taylor addresses a congressional committee on the burgeoning AIDS crisis. In a voice-over, the late actress explains that she watched as, one by one, her friends grew ill. “And so I thought, Bitch, do something!”
After the film, Kenneth Cole moderated a Q&A with Krim and amfAR CEO Kevin Frost. Krim, now 86, received a standing ovation as she took the stage. Cole asked if she has ever felt hopeless in what seems to be a never-ending battle. Said Krim: “No. I’ve never felt like throwing in the towel. From the very beginning, my feelings, my anxieties, my hope are the same as they are today. Is that a good answer?”
Winning big at the Tribeca Film Festival is a laurel on its own. But no reason to stop there—not, at least, when you’ve got the power of Bobby De Niro and company behind you. At this year’s festival, as in years past, winners in each of the 11 categories will be awarded a work of visual art to commemorate the achievement. This year’s donating artists, selected by the festival, include Yoko Ono, Vik Muniz, Stephen Hannock, and Clifford Ross. “The festival is a vehicle for all of what can be good about New York,” said Ross, whose work, along with that of the other 10 participating artists, is now hanging at Chanel’s Soho store. (They’ll be on view through May 2.) “The joy for me in donating my work is in contributing to the life of the festival. It’s also such an exciting concept for an artist to give another artist his or her work—it’s artist-to-artist connectivity.” The festival, he went on, “born out of the rubble of 9/11…has in fact, contributed to the resuscitation of lower New York.” From Ross’ archival print of a surging wave to Ono’s constructed bronze box to Hannock’s mixed-media Study: Northern City Renaissance (Mass MoCA 379K) (pictured, and originally commissioned by Sting, no less), the work is well worth fighting over. Excellence is its own reward, but it doesn’t have to be the only one.
PLUS: Queen Noor, Christy Turlington Burns, Veronica Webb, and more come together for Vanity Fair‘s TFF bash.