2015 USA Film Festival: Iris
This entertaining documentary pairs the 87-year-old filmmaker Al Maysles with his friend Iris Apfel, the quick-witted, flamboyantly dressed 93-year-old style maven who has had an outsized presence on the New York fashion scene for decades. More than a fashion film, the documentary is a story about creativity and how, even at Iris’ advanced age, a soaring free spirit continues to inspire.
Iris portrays a singular woman whose enthusiasm for fashion, art and people are life’s sustenance and reminds us that dressing, and indeed life, is nothing but an experiment. Despite the abundance of glamour in her current life, Iris continues to embrace the values and work ethic established during a middle-class Queens upbringing during the Great Depression. “I feel lucky to be working,” says Iris. If you’re lucky enough to do something you love, everything else follows.”
Dallas’ Jan Strimple will host a post-screening on-stage conversation with Iris Apfel.