Multi-Media Exhibition, "Gone Fishing – A Little Journey In My Backyard," Currently Featured on Sundancechannel.com/bruce-weber
New York, August 18, 2009 – Sundance Channel continues to celebrate the work of American filmmaker/photographer Bruce Weber with the world premiere of his short film, "Liberty City is Like Paris To Me" (2009) online at sundancechannel.com/bruce-weber on Thursday, August 20 in advance of its broadcast premiere on Sundance Channel on Thursday, August 27.
This world premiere is part of the first online multi-media exhibition of Bruce Weber’s work entitled "Gone Fishing – A Little Journey In My Backyard" available exclusively at sundancechannel.com/bruce-weber Curated by the artist himself, the exhibition will feature never-before-seen footage of Weber discussing his films, a top 10 music playlist of his favorite songs, exclusive photo galleries and film clips exploring his wide ranging body of work, and an interview from Influence magazine which focuses specifically on his films.
Every Thursday night at 10 pm ET/PT in August, Sundance Channel is honoring Weber and his work through an on-air weekly film series that brings eight Weber titles to television for the first time ever. The line-up includes the feature-length documentaries Broken Noses (1987), Let’s Get Lost (1988) and Chop Suey (2000); and the short films Backyard Movie (1991), Gentle Giants (1994), The Teddy Boys of the Edwardian Draper Society (1996), Wine and Cupcakes (2007) and the world broadcast premiere of Liberty City Is Like Paris To Me.
The remaining schedule for Sundance Channel’s Bruce Weber film series is as follows:
Thursday, August 20
Chop Suey (World Television Premiere) – Directed by Bruce Weber. Weber’s four-year collaboration with a high school wrestler-turned-model Peter Johnson is the jumping off point for this celebration of the filmmaker’s favorite things. Like the Chinese-American dish for which it is named, Chop Suey harmoniously blends the diverse ingredients that shaped Weber’s world, including: ebullient jazz singer/pianist Frances Faye, British explorer and photographer Sir Wilfred Thesiger; actor Jan Michael Vincent; fashion legend Diana Vreeland; and Brazilian jujitsu champion Rickson Gracie and his family. Teddy – Special Mention, 2001 Berlin Film Festival.
Liberty City is Like Paris To Me (World Premiere – sundancechannel.com) -The world premiere of this short film centers on Martin Luther King and Inauguration Day 2009 in a small section of Miami Beach known as Liberty City. Once a place full of race riots and poverty, the people of this small neighborhood in Miami, Florida have rebuilt their community over the last ten years. From the churches to the streets, one sees the transformation of a neighborhood once ravaged by racial divide and crime. The film is a tribute to photographer Gordon Parks and was made in honor of him after Bruce Weber received the Gordon Parks award for fashion photography in 2009.
Thursday, August 27
Bruce Weber Shorts Block (World Television Premiere) – Five short films, including:
Liberty City is Like Paris To Me (World Television Premiere) -The world premiere of this short film centers on Martin Luther King and Inauguration Day 2009 in a small section of Miami Beach known as Liberty City. Once a place full of race riots and poverty, the people of this small neighborhood in Miami, Florida have rebuilt their community over the last ten years. From the churches to the streets, one sees the transformation of a neighborhood once ravaged by racial divide and crime. The film is a tribute to photographer Gordon Parks and was made in honor of him after Bruce Weber received the Gordon Parks award for fashion photography in 2009.
Backyard Movie – Weber connects past and present inspirations in this film that incorporates family movies shot by his father.
Gentle Giants – Weber’s candid reflection on the images and experiences that helped shape his aesthetic, from magazine photos of 50s movie stars to his love of dogs.
The Teddy Boys of the Edwardian Draper Society – A glimpse inside contemporary London’s late-night rockabilly havens, where the fashions, attitudes, tattoos and music of 50s Teddy Boys are alive and well.
Wine and Cupcakes – A love letter to New York City, this ten minute tone poem follows Scottish songstress Angela McCluskey and her husband, the composer Paul Cantelon, through a beautiful autumn afternoon in Central Park.
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