2014 Winter Film Awards Independent Film Festival

 

Staying In Just Got Better With The Independent Film Festival

Staying In Just Got Better With The Independent Film Festival

While we are yearning for spring here in NY, what better way to stay warm and toasty than enjoying a film?  The Third Annual Winter Film Awards Independent Film Festival brought 61 diverse documentaries, shorts, narrative features, animation, student films, music videos and horror films together.

The best part of watching an Indy film (other than the fact that you might get to help discover the next Martin Scorsese) is all the different stories one can learn .  Blockbusters are great, but it is impressive to see what these directors can do on a much smaller budget.  The Winter Film Awards featured films from over 20 countries, (and yes, some had subtitles).  In addition to global representation, there were 17 female directors whose work was featured as well as 8 student films!

While we were unable to see all the movies selected, we did check out Hipster!  The Musical, the brainchild of Adam Blair.  Hipster! The Musical is a satirical look at this generation’s tight jean wearing, cheap beer drinking, latte loving counterculture. Hipster! Follows Dave and Lily, a pair of long-term best friends.  Dave is ready to take their relationship to the next level but Lily is content being “BFFs.”  But, when Lily falls in with an alternative crowd, Dave realizes he needs to change to fit in her new lifestyle.  After studying up on all things vintage things seem to be going well for Dave who is blissfully unaware of Salinger, leader of the hipster clan’s nefarious ploy to keep them apart.  Check out Hipster! Before it goes all cool and mainstream:  hipsterthemusical.com

Other films worth noting include Best Picture winner, Behind Closed Doors.  Directed and produced by Nicolas Sicurella, Behind Closed Doors follows three main stories in a small Long Island town: A couple  trying to define their relationship, an elderly man suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and his daughter who is fighting for their financial survival, and a family with a younger daughter.  These seemingly unrelated stories collide when one horrifying event changes everything.

From Queens to Cairo, a documentary, which shines light on the problems of the Egyptian Revolution of 2011 by following filmmaker Sherif Sadek and his family as they travel back to Egypt a year later, is also worth mentioning.  After visiting slums and talking to residents, Sherif examines the political climate of his native country.  He shares the violence, the way the media twisted the events of and leading up to the uprising on January 25th, and the hopes and prayers of the Egyptians all while appreciating his own fortune and making memories with his family.  Unable to foresee the long-term outcome of the revolution, Sherif makes a few predictions of the future of Egypt, realizing he wants the same for his children as he does for his country.

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A View Of The Vanity Fair Oscar Party 2014 Red Carpet Arrivals

It's Awards Season!  Here's A Look At The Annual Vanity Fair Oscar Party

It’s Awards Season!  Here’s A Look At The Annual Vanity Fair Oscar Party

Once again, the Vanity Fair Oscar Party is the most sought after post Academy Awards fête.  This year, host Graydon Carter invited guests to a freshly designed space at 8680 Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood, California.  While most guests flocked straight to the Vanity Fair Oscar Party, a few notables did a quick wardrobe change, which we love. Below are a few photos of guests as they arrived before being served bubbly and dancing the night away.

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Vince Fetes IPO At Boom Boom Room

VINCE IPO Party Kicks Off NYFW

Party Time: Vince Is Set For IPO

Fashion brand Vince, (“VNCE” on New York Stock Exchange ticker), celebrated its Initial Public Offering that occurred in November at the Top Of the Standard Hotel and Le Bain. Guests danced all night to tunes spun by DJ Chelsea Leyland and snapped pics at the Bosco photo booth while tasting veuve cliquot and Whiskey Smash. The fête was a kick off to New York Fashion Week as attendees included Alyssa Milano, Daisy Fuentes, editors and retailers, along with Marc Leder, co-chief executive officer of Sun Capital Partners, Inc. and Jill Granoff, Chief Executive Officer of Vince. “Our entire team looks forward to this new and exciting chapter in the brand’s evolution”, noted Granoff, “we intend to continue to build upon Vince’s reputation as a leader in contemporary fashion by capitalizing on our strong customer loyalty, growing our customer base and introducing new and compelling product assortments and categories.” Vince currently carries women’s and men’s ready-to-wear and will unveil men’s footwear and childrenswear this year. Handbags and small accessories are scheduled to launch in 2015.

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Bloomingdale’s Kicks Off Super Bowl With Exclusive Helmets

Bloomingdale's 59th Street

BLOOMINGDALE'S Kicks Off Super Bowl XLVIII with the CFDA and NFL, Benefiting the NFL Foundation

Bloomingdale’s Celebrates Super Bowl

Last night, Bloomingdale’s unveiled their store windows at their 59th street flagship location to showcase the one-of-a-kind Super Bowl XLVII helmets that were created by 48 members of the Council of Fashion Designers of America.  Bloomingdale’s and the CFDA produced a mini tailgate party in front of the Lexington Avenue location for passerby and then proceeded to a more private cocktail affair at the newly renovated Loews Regency hotel attended by a handful of NFL players and designers including Nick Folk, Prince Amukamara, Diane von Furstenberg, Stacey Bendet, Cynthia Rowley, Donna Karan, and Bloomingdale’s Chairman and CEO Michael Gould.   Starting January 15- February 4 enthusiasts are able to place bids on the helmets at Bloomingdales.com/superbowlhelmets.

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Opening bids start at $248 and 100% of the net proceeds will benefit the NFL Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of those touched by the game of football. In addition, Bloomingdale’s is installing pop-up shops retailing Super Bowl-themed apparel and accessories from Nike, Junk Food, Smart Turnout and Freshman Cap, at New York locations and online. Super Bowl XLVII will take place on February 2nd at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

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