Adult Life Hypocrisies Are Parodied by a Cast of Elementary School Actors
An ensemble cast of children tackles the travails of grownup society around a New York dining table in this excerpt of comedic drama American Autumn. Echoing the grand mood of such 1970s New York-set classics as Annie Hall and Kramer Vs. Kramer, as well as the late period films of surrealist Luis Buñuel, the 20-minute short was shot over four days by 23-year-old Catalan émigré Albert Moya. Though ruminating on the foibles of metropolitan dinner parties, and the varying shades of Manhattan in the fall, the film is as much influenced by Moya’s growing up among a large family in Tarragona, Spain, where he would study the various conversations and hang-ups of his aunts and uncles at big gatherings. “Working with kids really makes me feel super awake,” he says. “There is something in their innocence and that magic moment of discovering something for the first time that really catches me.” The actors were aged between seven and 12, and the director remembers such antics as one cast member daubing their name on an expensive leather sofa during rehearsal, and the blossoming of a first romance between two of the young stars. “They really felt in love,” reminisces Moya. “It couldn’t have been cuter.”
Glen Luchford Captures A New York Moment with the Rag & Bone Stars in Today’s Two Films
Glen Luchford's short films for NY fashion house rag & bone are as beautiful and elegant as they are real. Starring actors Palme d'Or winner Léa Seydoux and Michael Pitt, and set to a yearning Sparklehorse soundtrack, Luchford’s signature is a combination of dramatic understatement and modern nostalgia for the craft of shooting on film. “Having the confidence to let the shoot flow is a great feeling, because anything can happen,” explains Luchford, whose only direction for Seydoux and Pitt was to do “whatever came naturally. My aesthetic is planned and controlled reportage—which is obviously a contradiction. On the day, you have to just let go and see what happens. Sparks fly and unexplained ideas pop up.” Luchford started his career at as a fashion photographer on the style magazine The Face, going on to shoot iconic campaigns as well as directing the award-winning feature film, Here to Where. Rather than pose in the rag & bone collection, it seems Seydoux and Pitt were encouraged to live in it.
What are your earliest memories of film and photography?
Glen Luchford: I saw Snow White in the cinema when I was three years old, and something in the imagery stuck. I only remember a few scenes but they stayed clearly imprinted. Then The Wizard Of Oz at five, which blew me away. The fact that video didn’t exist then, and their unavailability, made them even more exotic and exciting.
What appeals to you about fashion?
GL: Fashion has an ADD quality to it: it can't focus on anything for too long and has to keep shifting its gaze, like an irritable kid. I loved playing musical chairs as a child. Part of me feels like I’m still playing.
How has your filmmaking evolved since Here to Where?
GL: I’m not as good. Youth gives you something extra.
What are you most proud of?
GL: Walking into The Face magazine's office and saying, “Give me a job, I can do that.”
What inspires you today?
GL: Instagram, Intelligentsia Coffee and the word ‘Yes.’
Karl Lagerfeld, Grace Jones and Andy Warhol Star in the Fashion Illustrator’s Personal Photo Collection
Antonio Lopez’s candid images of his camped-up entourage basking in St. Tropez and Studio 54-era New York capture the headiness of the 1970s. Born in Puerto Rico and raised in the Bronx, the fashion illustrator is better known for his swirling, Pop Art-infused sketches and psychedelic personality portraits. These rarely seen Instamatic photographs featuring Karl Lagerfeld, Andy Warhol and Anna Piaggi were shot during Lopez’s downtime from assignments for Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and The New York Times, and coincide with an exhibition of Lopez's work from online gallery East of Mayfair, on show at the Roland Mouret concept store in London. “The photographs actually look like his drawings,” says curator Janina Joffe. “They have the same movements and composition.” While working in Paris with art director Juan Ramos, Lopez notably discovered Jerry Hall and Tina Chow. “I think what people liked about Antonio is his character, his lifestyle and vivacity,” says Joffe of the industry iconoclast, who would have turned 70 this year. “It was a scene but it wasn’t sceney the way it is now. They wanted to be out there, outrageous and very fun—and that’s what you can tell with this project.”
Antonio Lopez runs at East of Mayfair and Roland Mouret, London, from September 14 to October 20 2013.