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Magnolia picks up Maysles’ fashion doc “Iris”

U.S. distributor Magnolia Pictures has acquired the world rights to Al Maysles' documentary Iris, which follows the iconic 93-year-old fashion plate Iris Apfel (pictured) and will be released in theaters next year.
October 24, 2014

U.S. distributor Magnolia Pictures has acquired the world rights to Al Maysles’ fashion doc Iris, which follows iconic 93-year-old fashion plate Iris Apfel (pictured) and will be released in theaters next year.

The doc – which premiered at the New York Film Festival earlier this month and also picked up the Audience Award at the Hamptons Film Festival shortly thereafter – is a profile of Apfel, who is known for her flamboyant style and has been a mainstay on the New York fashion scene for decades. The¬†Grey Gardens director¬†traces Apfel’s upbringing in a middle-class neighborhood in Queens to her glamorous lifestyle in Manhattan.

Iris was produced by Laura Coxson, Rebekah Maysles and Jennifer Ash Rudick. The deal was negotiated by Magnolia’s senior VP Dori Begley and director of acquisitions John Von Thaden with Josh Braun of sales agent Submarine, who represented the filmmakers.

Iris is an exceptionally charming and moving film about a life well-lived,” said Magnolia president Eamonn Bowles in a statement. “I was completely taken by Iris Apfel watching it, and I’m confident audiences will fall for her, too. It’s an honor to be working with the legend Albert Maysles.”

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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