Tribeca to open with fashion doc “First Monday”

The 15th annual Tribeca Film Festival continues a tradition of documentary openers with the premiere of Ivory Tower director Andrew Rossi's latest entry, fashion-focused The First Monday in May (pictured).
February 22, 2016

The 15th annual Tribeca Film Festival continues a tradition of documentary openers with the premiere of Ivory Tower director Andrew Rossi‘s doc The First Monday in May.

The opening night film examines the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute’s spring 2015 exhibit, “China: Through the Looking Glass” – its most well-attended event in history. The doc finds Rossi – who also directed Page One: A Year Inside The New York Times – following curator Andrew Bolton in an “exploration of the tension between fashion and art.”

The First Monday – to be distributed by Magnolia Pictures – will also document the renowned Met Gala and feature interviews with In the Mood for Love director Wong Kar Wai, The Great Gatsby helmer Baz Luhrmann, and fashion designers Karl Lagerfeld, Jean Paul Gaultier and John Galliano.

The festival last year kicked off with the world premiere of Bao Nguyen’s Saturday Night Live documentary Live from New York! while Time Is Illmatic, a doc examining the 1994 album from rapper Nas, opened the 13th annual Tribeca Film Festival. Tribeca in 2013 opened with Tom Berninger’s Mistaken for Strangers, on rock band The National.

The First Monday was produced by Fabiola Beracasa Beckman, Sylvana Ward Durrett and Dawn Ostroff, in association with Relativity Media, Conde Nast Entertainment, Mediaweaver Entertainment and Sarah Arison Productions.

The First Monday in May will be released in theaters on April 15. It was acquired by Magnolia in a deal negotiated by Submarine and CAA.

The Tribeca Film Festival runs from April 13 to 24. Remaining films in the line-up will be released on March 2.

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