Hello, film lovers! Click through to our blog page and then click the link below for a great interview with Deniz Gamze Ergüven, the director of Mustang, this Sunday’s beautiful and thought-provoking OFS film presentation. Then join us at Matilija to watch her terrific work! We look forward to seeing you at the movies.
Click to watch an entertaining and enlightening Q&A with filmmaker Albert Maysles and his subject, style maven Iris Apfel, following the premiere of the film at the New York Film Festival last year. This is one of the last recorded interviews with Maysles, who is renowned as a grand master of documentary filmmaking.
The film, from director Asif Kapadia and producer James Gay-Rees, followed the Back to Black singer from the early beginnings of her career in the late ’90s through her death in 2011. Amy relied on home movies of Winehouse to open a compelling window into her life.
“Really, this film is all about Amy, this is all about showing the world who she really was: not her tabloid persona, the beautiful girl, the amazing soul, funny, intelligent, witty, someone special, someone who needed looking after,” Kapadia said in his acceptance speech Sunday night. “We just wanted to make a film to show the world who she really was.”
Gay-Rees dedicated the award to “the fans, Amy’s fans who loved her through thick and thin; that’s all she ever really needed.”
The Ojai Film Society will screen three films in March at the Ojai Art Center Theater. The theme is Celebration of the Arts: Music, Fashion, Fine Art. The series features documentaries about three extraordinary artists who have each excelled in their craft. The films will be shown at the Ojai Art Center Theater at 5 pm.
AMY on March 13 tells the haunting story of the talented British pop icon, Amy Winehouse.
IRIS on March 20 portrays the flamboyantly-dressed, 93-year-old style maven, Iris Apfel.
HOCKNEY on March 27 explores the life of one of Britain’s most important artists, David Hockney.