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Iris
 
Documentary
78 minutes
2014
Director(s): Albert Maysles
USA
 
Thu 6:00 PM Armory
Synopsis
Two extraordinary American icons come together in this new film from AIFF Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Albert Maysles. The 87-year-old filmmaker turns his legendary camera on Iris Apfel, the fashion and interior design maven, who herself is just shy of 94. A portrait of creativity and how, regardless of age, a soaring free spirit continues to inspire. Iris is an extraordinary woman who reminds us that fashion, just like life, is nothing but an experiment. In this profile, Maysles, who pops up from time to time as a cheerful on-camera presence, follows Iris as she makes selections for a touring exhibition of her designs, advises young women on their fashion choices, and bargains with store owners, usually in the company of her husband of 66 years, Carl, who recently turned 100.
 
Director’s Statement: Albert Maysles
 
From the moment I met Iris, I knew there was a film there. I just looked at her eyes through those wonderful glasses and she was so warm and communicative. It was easy to film so that the viewer could identify with her as someone you want to spend time with. My mother used to say there’s good in everybody, and there was no difficulty whatsoever in finding good in Iris. If you have the ability to connect through empathy, how you see the world changes.

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