Thursday, 4 February 2010
BEAUTIFUL DARLING - A DOCUMENTARY FILM
BEAUTIFUL DARLING is delighted and honored to announce its world premiere at the Berlinale: in the prestigious Panorama section of the 60th Berlin International Film Festival, taking place from February 11 to 21, 2010.
Beautiful Darling, a documentary film, pays tribute to the short but influential life of an extraordinary person -- the actress Candy Darling, born James Slattery in a Long Island suburb in 1944. Drawn to the feminine from childhood, by the mid-Sixties James had become Candy, a gorgeous, blonde actress and well-known downtown New York figure. Candy's career took her through the raucous and revolutionary Off-off-Broadway theater scene and into Andy Warhol's legendary Factory. There she became close to Warhol and starred in two Factory movies that still shock and amuse today: Flesh and Women in Revolt. Candy used her Warhol fame to land further film roles, and her admirer Tennessee Williams cast her in his play Small Craft Warnings. She dreamed of becoming a Hollywood star, but tragically died of lymphoma in the early Seventies, at only twenty-nine.
Beautiful Darling Trailer
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Candy's beauty, humor, and early death, the guts it took to live as a woman, the glamorous parties and the famous friends -- most of all the strength of will she demonstrated in her remarkable act of self-creation -- moved those who knew her in her lifetime and continue to gather fans today. It's a story of wild, creative times and of audacious people, but one that has a theme inspiring for anyone, anywhere: whatever the obstacles, be true to yourself.
The film uses both current and vintage interviews, excerpts from Candy's own diaries and letters, as well as vintage footage of Candy and friends.
Writer/Director: James Rasin
James Rasin is a New York City writer and filmmaker. His short film The Burning Ghat, starring Beat writer Herbert Huncke, was screened at the Venice Biennale, and won the Gold Plaque at the Chicago International Film Festival. His short documentary, Gregory Corso Reads From the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights, was included in the Whitney Museum's "Beat Culture and the New America", and was also in the Venice Biennale. Rasin has written several screenplays, including co-writing (with Jack Walls) Somebody's Sins, about the lives of Robert Mapplethorpe and Patti Smith. He has also written, directed and produced Off-off-Broadway theater.
Chloe Sevigny as Candy Darling
Chloe Sevigny has been one of the most respected and in-demand actresses of her generation, from her 1995 debut in Larry Clark's Kids, to her Academy Award-nominated performance in Boys Don't Cry, to her ongoing role in the hit HBO series Big Love, for which she has just won a Golden Globe award.
Patton Oswalt as Andy Warhol and Truman Capote
Comedian, actor, and writer Patton Oswalt has appeared in his own stand-up specials on Comedy Central and HBO. He voiced hero Remy in the beloved animated film Ratatouille, and his comedy album 222 is an iTunes best-seller.
Performers (as themselves):
Aaron Richard Golub
Melba LaRose Jr.
Michael J. Pollard
Ruby Lynn Reyner
Producer: Jeremiah Newton
Jeremiah Newton was a close friend of Candy Darling and is the executor of her estate. He co-edited (with Francesca Passalacqua and D.E. Hardy) the book My Face for the World to See: The Diaries, Letters, and Drawings of Candy Darling (Hardy Marks Publications, 1997), and wrote additional material for Mary Harron's film I Shot Andy Warhol ('96). A former president of the STONEWALL Veterans' Association, he works as Film & TV Industry Liaison at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.
Producer: Elisabeth Bentley
Producer: Gill Holland
Spirit Award-nominee Producer of the Year Gill Holland, of The Group Entertainment, has been involved in the production of over sixty films, including Loggerheads (Sundance '05), Spirit Award-winner Sweet Land, multiple award-winner Spring Forward, comedy The Adventures of Power and documentary FLOW: For Love of Water (both Sundance '08). In 1997 Holland produced Hurricane, written and directed by Morgan Freeman, which was the first feature to win three awards at Sundance.
Executive Producer: Michael J. Newman
Executive Producer: D.J. Martin
Co-Producer: Jessica Marx
Co-Producer: Zac Stuart-Pontier
Associate Producer: Meg E. Newman
Associate Producer: Hilary McCutcheon
Original music composed by: Gerald Busby
Original music composed by: Louis Durra
Music Supervisor: Peter Iselin
Director of Photography: Martina Radwan
Title Design: Deborah Ross
Color Correction: Paul Roman (West Post Digital)
Additional Cinematography: Luis Colon
Additional Cinematography: Gabriel Judet-Weinshel
Assistant Camera: Marcela Coto
Assistant Camera: Ganesh Hennigs
Editor: Zac Stuart-Pontier
Additional editing: Brian Gates
Sound Mixer: Tyler Cartner
Additional Sound: Jesse Flower-Ambroch
Sound Design, Re-recording Mixer: Andy Hay, Spank Machine
Casting: Michael Nicolo
Production Coordinator: Carly Hugo
Post-production Assistant, Los Angeles: Jack Michael Marshall
Production Assistant: Jon Ryan McMahon
Production Assistant: Miranda Sajdak
Production Assistant: Cymbre Walk
Production Assistant: Jenna Friedenberg (Digital Asssistant)
Assistant to Mr. Newton and Mr. Rasin: Anne Loretto
Source by http://www.beautifuldarling.com and myspace video (Beautiful Darling)