On March 12th the WSJ. Magazine hosted an event featuring a Q&A with Matt Tyrnauer, director of the critically acclaimed documentary Valentino: The Last Emperor. The Q&A was followed by wonderful cocktail reception in the Sky Room Terrace of the New Museum at 235 Bowery Street in NYC.
Valentino will be opening in San Francisco, Chicago, Los Angeles and in New York at Film Forum on March 18. The film was winner at the Chicago Film Festival and all the rage at the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals.
Here’s a quick synopsis:
VALENTINO THE LAST EMPEROR is a feature-length film on the legendary designer Valentino Garavani in the wake of his exit in 2008 from the company he founded in Rome more than 45 years ago. Produced and directed by Matt Tyrnauer, Special Correspondent for Vanity Fair magazine, the film is an intimate, engaging and very funny fly-on-the-wall exploration of the singular world of one of Italy's richest and most famous men. The film documents the colorful and dramatic closing act of Valentino’s celebrated career, tells the story of his extraordinary life and work, and also explores the larger themes affecting the fashion business today. But at the heart of the film is the unique relationship between Valentino and his business partner and companion of 50 years, Giancarlo Giammetti.
You’ll find Valentino’s six little pugs co-starring in the film and to celebrate Valentino is holding a contest for the most fashionable pug. Valentino will be the judge—but of course. Do you REALLY think your pug’s the raging fashionista? Well then post a mug of your mug on the official Facebook page to enter.
On another note…I have to give a shout out to the catering firm responsible for the hors d’oeuvres being passed around (which were the same as the ones being served at the American Character Project Party—Creative Edge Parties apparently catered both events and the service and bites were super yummy.
Attendees included of course Director Matt Tyrnauer; David Nugent, Director of Programming at the Hamptons International Film Festival; Producer and member of the 2008 Screenwriters’ Lab Mentors; Ellen Asmodeo-Giglio, Publisher of WSJ; Andrea Soriani, the Director of Brand Marketing for Maserati (who was also one of the sponsors of the vent); Tina Gaudoin, Editor at the WSJ and moderated the discussion of the film; Benjamin LeHay; Betty Lyn Eller; Steve Ellenberg; Federica Boido, and David Forgione.
Patrick McMullan for WSJ: L-R Andrea Soriani, Director of Brand Marketing, Maserati North America; Ellen Asmodeo-Giglio, Vice President, Publisher, WSJ.; Megan Delage, Account Director, JWT; Matt Tyrnauer, Director, “Valentino: The Last Emperor”