Last Sunday night, they screened "Absolute Wilson," Katharina Otto-Bernstein's documentary about Robert Wilson, one of the greatest creative forces in contemporary art today at the Southampton Cinema. The night before was Wilson's Watermill Center annual benefit. Wilson has a big following of Hamptonites, many of whom, give generous support to his foundation and his projects. Otto-Bernstein, a German heiress now living and working (and raising a family) in America, is a very popular member of this contingent. She is also one of the nicest and most talented on the scene today.
Donna Zilkha, Katharina Otto-Bernstein, Nathan Bernstein, and Bettina Zilkha
Danielle Levine and Elizabeth Granger
Eileen and Billy Kornreich
Charles Fabius, Ulrika von Lehsten, and Dieter von Lehsten
Jan Cowles, Charlie Cowles, and Anne Lewis
Lucia Hwong Gordon and Maria Antonia Paterno
Leonel Piraino and Nina Griscom
Lizzie and Sonny Kotite
Mattie Siegal and Alex Adler
Nicky Bernstein, Katharina Otto-Bernstein, and Joni Bernstein
Stephanie and Bernard Lackner
L. to r.: Nathan Bernstein, Veronica Hearst, Ahmet Ertegun, Katharina Otto-Bernstein, Robert Wilson, and Mica Ertegun; Amy and Ronald Guttman.
Steven Gaines and Bob Balaban
Ariadne Calvo-Platero and Mary Rose Beaumont
Dr. Stephen Bosniak, Beth Rudin DeWoody, and Ross Bleckner
Chris Ford, Nicky Bernstein, and Joni Bernstein
Fiona Moore and Jeffrey Slonim
Naomi Goldberg, Simone Guttman, and Eileen Kornreich
Nathan Bernstein, Sara Hamdreke, Patrick Hamdreke
Paul and Alice Judelson
Will Doig, Jada Yuan, and Karl Swanson
Pamela Gross, Jimmy Finkelstein, Hilary Geary Ross, and Wilbur Ross
Michael Govan, Katherine Ross, David Salle, and Merrill Falkenburg
Kristina Stewart Ward, Arthur Ward, and Pheobe Eaton
Speaking of screenings ... Academy award winning actress Holly Hunter hosted a Grand Classics screening of The King of Marvin Gardens sponsored by Karu&Y restaurant at Soho House. Hunter showcased the 1972 criminal drama directed by Bob Rafelson, starring Jack Nicholson andcostarring and Ellen Burstyn.
Burstyn made a special appearance at the screening said “I think it is the most extraordinary work Jack Nicholson has ever done. What he later was so applauded for in About Schmidt, I think he had done earlier and better and deeper in this film.” Holly Hunter went on to tell the audience, “This movie I chose to show, I have never seen on screen before tonight. I rented it about eight years ago when I threw myself my own Bob Rafelson film festival at my house. I just saw all of his movies and this one struck me as particularly wonderful.”
The Nicholson-Rafelson collaboration began in the mid-60s and the movie audiences loved these guys. In their way they fashioned the American film sensibility for an entire generation. The audience loves Jack Nicholson the way earlier generations loved Cooper and Gable, Grant and Stewart. He’s everyman, or Everyman’s version of what he’d hope he’d be. Bob Rafelson was the creator next to the camera when it first unfolded.
Guests included actresses Paz de la Huerta and Kelly Rutherford, Queer Eye’s Thom Filicia, designer Alvin Valley, Behnaz Sarafpour and Secrets of Charm designer Estee Elkayam along with socials Annie Churchill, Luigi Tadini, Zani Gugelmann, Allison Weiss Brady, Gillian and Sylvester Miniter and Alison Minton, enjoyed a special cocktail reception in the White Room courtesy of Grey Goose. Grand Classics cofounders Katrina Pavlos and Vanessa Wingate, both dressed in Alvin Valley designs, mingled with other guests including Carlo von Zeitschel, Emma Snowdon-Jones, Mark Langrish and Bobby Zarem. All of the VIP guests on hand walked away with Karu&Y totes complete with foie gras truffles courtesy of Chef Alberto Cabrera and a Karu&Y CD to help bring the sounds of Miami to the Big Apple.
Grand Classics is a big hit in Miami. First Canyon Ranch Living – Miami Beach sponsored a screening held in May hosted by designer Zac Posen and now the highly anticipated Miami restaurant Karu&Y is on board with the film series. At the screening, Karu&Y owners Cesar Sotomayor and Elliott Monter chose Holly Hunter to be the first recipient of a diamond and pink sapphire necklace in recognition of hosting the screening.
Annie Churchill and Bobby Zarem
Steve Zucker and Melissa Berkelhammer
Ellen Burstyn and Holly Hunter
Behnaz Sarafpour and Fiona Thomas
Emma Snowdon-Jones, Mark Langrish, and Emma Shilling-Law
Vanessa Wingate, Holly Hunter, and Katrina Pavlos
Gail Karr and Gillian Miniter
Luigi Tadini and Zani Guglemann
Allison Weiss Brady
Alice Riese Rolley
Kristin Catasso and Cesar Sotomayer
Maggie Katz and Marko Bon
Jordon Galland and Paz De La Huerta
Amerigo Olivetti, Stephanie Betant, and Carlo Von Zeitschel
Steve Zucker and Melissa Berkelhammer
Vanessa Wingate, Alvin Valley, and Katrina Pavlos
Peter Sallese, Alison Minton, Justin Karr
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Thirty years ago, filmmakers Albert and David Maysles trained their cameras on the lives of Edith Bouvier Beale and her daughter Edie and produced the classic documentary Grey Gardens, titled after their house in East Hampton. The Beales came to national attention because they were paternal cousins of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis.
Two weeks ago, Albert Maysles was the guest of honor at a private pre-screening reception and dinner hosted by noted animal welfare supporter Frances Hayward at the fabled estate. The reception preceded the sold-out screening of the film at Guild Hall as the inaugural film in its Red Carpet Film Series at the John Drew Theater which features movies by and with celebrated Hamptonites.
Grey Gardens in the Early Years
Thirty years later Grey Gardens, now a cult classic, has re-entered the public eye with the smash musical which moves to Broadway this fall, produced by Playwrights Horizon starring Christine Ebersole and Mary Louise Wilson. Also Michael Sucsy is directing the film version starring Jessica Lange and Drew Barrymore and a new book will be published by Aperture later this year.
To celebrate the film’s 30th Anniversary and Albert’s 50 years as a filmmaker, noted animal Francesopened the magnificently restored home for a pre-screening buffet dinner created by Leif Hope and then reception prior to the screening, kicking off Guild Hall’s impressive Red Carpet Film Series featuring movies made by and with our neighbors in celebration of their 75th Anniversary.
The house, which was dilapidated and rundown by the time of the Beales’ deaths, was rescued and returned to its full glory by Ben Bradlee and Sally Quinn who continue to own the house and who use it once a year in August.
The attending crowd was a lively mix of theatrical and social figures. Both Mother and Daughter Beale, Big Edie and Little Edie, had aspirations to perform, and would have been thrilled at all the directors, producers, actors and writers strolling through their beach-elegant appointed rooms and lush gardens.
Hayward always looking Hollywood glamorous, this time in a burnt-orange chiffon tea dress, greeted arriving guests. Among the first were Bouvier Beale and wife Eva who had flown in from San Francisco especially for the fete and Len and Sue Sucsy, whose son Mike is directing the film. Len immediately reunited with fellow Harvard classmate Melville (Mickey) Straus, Chairman of Guild Hall.
Also on hand from the arts center were Ruth Appelhof, executive director, Josh Gladstone, artistic director with his wife Kathy Mueth and James Lawson, the whiz behind the Red carpet Film Series, which showcases stars such as Alec Baldwin, Roy Scheider, Tony Walton, Mercedes Ruehl and Peter Boyle. Famed artist Don Duga presented Ms. Hayward with a saucy watercolor of Little Edie coyly lifting her skirt in front of the house!
Director Harris Yulin arrived straight from rehearsals with his wife actress/director Kristen Lowman accompanied by two great ladies of the American stage, multi Tony Award winners Judith Ivey and the incomparable Elizabeth Wilson. Director of the film version, Michael Sucsy came with parents Sue & Len and sister, Laurel. Scott Frankel who conceived the idea to transform Maysles’ film into a musical arrived solo but wasn’t so for long as guests crowded to congratulate the young composer.
Also on hand: Kathy Rayner, Liz Fondaras, James and Ellen Marcus, producers Beverley Camhe, Patricia Watt and Rachel Horovitz, Steven Stolman, Brian Farrell, Robert Long, Judge Bernard Jackson and wife Joyce, Andrew Wargo, R. Couri Hay, Hamptons.com founder & CEO Robert Florio with Nicole B. Brewer and Vanessa Leggard, publisher Dan Rattiner with son David Lion Rattiner, Amy Kane, designer Penny Lieberman, Jenny Mayer, Dr. Julie Ratner, Arlene Epstein, Patrick McMullan, and George Whipple.
The Sucsy family
August Gladstone and Rebecca Massi
Mickey Straus with Sue and Len Sucsy
Lora Nelson, Albert Maysles, and Terry Kipper
James Hoff and Sameer Reddy
Edward Callaghan, Ruth Applehof, and John Wegorzewski
Bouvier and Eva Beale with Frances Hayward
Amy Kane and Penny Lieberman
Steven Stolman and Brian Farrell
Terry Kipper, Monte Matthews, Nora Nelson, and Andrew Wargo
Joyce Whitby, Don Duga, Lois Wright, and Andrew Wargo
Albert Maysles and Jenny Mayer
Kate Mueth and Josh Gladstone
James and Ellen Marcus
Judge Bernard Jackson and Joyce Mullins Jackson
David Lion Rattiner and Robert Florio
Liz Fondaras and Dr. Richard Abbou
Rachel Horovitz and Mike Sucsy
David Lion Rattiner, Dan Rattiner, and Joe Stein
Mike Sucsy with Bouvier and Eva Beale
Rachel Viola and Judith Ivey
Harris Yulin and Kristen Lowman
Patrick McMullan, Heather Cohane, George Whipple, and Steven Stolman
Dr. Julie Ratner and Ida Cole
Arlene Epstein, Johanna Ellner, and Frances Hayward
Bouvier and Eva Beale with Albert Maysles
L. to r.: Jim Marcus, Emilia Saint-Amand, Heather Cohane, Frances Hayward, and Ellen Marcus; Donegal Fitzgerald, Beverly Camhe, and R. Couri Hay.
Photographs by Parick McMullan (Bernstein); Rob Rich (Grey Gardens).