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Dressing America: Tales from the Garment Center
DRESSING AMERICA: Tales from the Garment Center
Alfred Levitt interviewed by NPR
The film tells this largely unknown story of how an industry was created through the rough and tumble efforts of an interesting assortment of Jewish “characters,” some of whom seem to have emerged from the pages of a Damon Runyon short story. They were fighters; mixing it up with the unions, the mob, and often enough, one another. They conspired to beg, borrow and steal fashion from the couture houses of Paris to create a ready-to-war business that grew by leaps and bounds; nurturing a legion of designers that included Anne Klein, Donna Karan, Isaac Mizrahi and Ralph Lauren.
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Alfred Levitt
Alfred Levitt interviewed by NPR
A meditation on age, aging and the false perceptions created by adoring filmmakers. Alfred Levitt was a truly extraordinary artist, radical, philosopher and adventurer, who died in 2000 at the ripe old age of 105. Having lived through three centuries, Levitt reminisces about some of his friends and colleagues, including Jack London, Marcel Duchamp and Emma Goldman! But was this cute old man really the sum of all these wonderful experiences, or, was there something deeper and darker, waiting to emerge – things that would sully the character of this great man? While the filmmakers believed, at first, that this marvelous old man would prove irresistible, information that surfaced after his death made his life appear, in retrospect, a lot more complicated.
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Beyond Wiseguys:  Italian Americans & The Movies
Produced by: Pacific Street Films & Beachcomber Films
Executive Producer: John Turturro
Paul Sorvino
Paul Sorvino
Beyond Wiseguys is a feature-length documentary that uses vérité footage, film clips and extraordinary interviews with prominent Italian American film artists to explore the personal experiences that brought them all to the movies. Participants include John Turturro, Isabella Rossellini, Susan Sarandon, Martin Scorsese, Chazz Palminteri, Ben Gazzara, Marisa Tomei, Richard La Gravenese, Michael Imperioli, Nancy Savoca, Santo Loquasto and many others .
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