Valentino The Last Emperor
Produced and directed by Matt Tyrnauer, Valentino The Last Emperor is an intimate fly-on-the-wall exploration of the singular world of one of Italy's most famous men and provides a first-time glimpse into Valentino's world of bygone glamour. Filmed over the course of two years, the crew shot over 250 hours of footage with exclusive, unprecedented access to Valentino and his longtime partner, Giancarlo Giammetti. The resulting non-fiction film is a portrait of an extraordinary partnership—the longest running in fashion—and is a story about a master confronting the final act of his celebrated career. Valentino The Last Emperor was short listed for Best Documentary Feature Academy Award.
Citizen Jane: Battle for the City
The film highlights Jane Jacobs’ magisterial 1961 treatise, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, in which she single-handedly undercuts her era’s orthodox model of city planning, exemplified by the massive Urban Renewal projects of New York’s “Master Builder,” Robert Moses. Jacobs and Moses figure centrally in our story as archetypes of the “bottom up” and the “top down,” respectively. They also figure as two larger-than-life personalities: Jacobs—a journalist with provincial origins, no formal training in city planning, and scarce institutional authority seems at first glance to share little in common with Robert Moses, a high prince of government and urban theory fully ensconced in New York’s halls of power and privilege. Yet both reveal themselves to be master tacticians who, in the middle of the 20th century, became locked in an epic struggle over the fate of the city. In three suspenseful acts, Citizen Jane gives audiences a front row seat to this battle, and shows how two opposing visions of urban greatness continue to ripple across the world stage, with unexpectedly high stakes. The film was funded with generous support from the Rockefeller and Ford foundations. Directed by Matt Tyrnauer. Produced by Robert Hammond, Matt Tyrnauer, and Corey Reeser.
Untitled Scotty Bowers Documentary
Having just been mustered out of the Marines Corps after the Second World War, Scotty Bowers came to Hollywood in 1946. Strikingly handsome and personable, he immediately caught the eye of many of the town’s stars, who encountered him at the gas station where he worked on Hollywood Boulevard. Scotty began having sex with many of the key players in the movie colony and soon started connecting many of them with his band of beautiful and promiscuous friends, most of them newly discharged from the military. The cinema vérité documentary is a secret history of Hollywood in the pre-stonewall era. Directed by Matt Tyrnauer. Expected 2017 release.
Once Upon A Time In Beverly Hills
Adapted from Tyrnauer’s article in Vanity Fair the film is the story of Janet de Cordova—a Los Angeles socialite and wife of Fred de Cordova, Johnny Carson’s longtime producer—and her relationship with her housekeeper, Gracie Covarrubias.
Jean Nouvel: Reflections
Pritzker Prize-winning architect Jean Nouvel is at the height of an already legendary career. At age 70, he circles the globe, tending to such monumental projects as The Louvre Abu Dhabi, The National Museum Qatar and The National Museum of China. Among the most innovative, thought-provoking and rebellious architects of his generation, Nouvel, in this 15-minute documentary short, reflects on his work, as well as his design philosophy. Our camera follows Nouvel as he inspects, explains and reflects on key buildings of his career (among them, the Foundation Cartier, the Musee Quay Branley, and the Philharmonie de Paris), as well as the major works-in-progress. This is a meditative and rare portrait of an one of the giants of contemporary architecture and design, for which the filmmakers have had exclusive access to Nouvel, and exclusive access to the building sites of several projects under construction, never-before seen on screen.
Untitled Studio 54 Documentary
Studio 54 was the epicenter of 70s hedonism--a place that not only redefined the nightclub, but also came to symbolize and entire era. Its co-owners, Ian Schrager and Steve Rubell, two friends from Brooklyn, seemed to come out of nowhere to suddenly preside over a new kind of New York society. Now, 39 years after the velvet rope was first slung across the club’s hallowed threshold, a feature documentary tells the real story behind the greatest club of all time. Expected 2018 release.