Vancity Theatre Partnered Event: Advanced Style
DIRECTOR: Lina Plioplyte
CAST: Joyce Carpati, Lynn Dell, Zelda Kaplan, Ari Cohen
(USA, 2014, 72 min.)
(Please note: This is a partnered film with VIFF Vancity Theatre. Tickets must be purchased through VIFF Vancity Theatre’s outlet and a valid VIFF membership is required.)
Prompted by Ari Seth Cohen’s wildly popular blog (itself indebted to Bill Cunningham’s guerrilla fashion photography), Lina Plioplyte’s rousing documentary profiles a handful of New York women—aged “between 50 and death”—whose flamboyant approaches to style and glamour reflect their inextinguishable vitality. These women—who include a portraitist who once painted Ayn Rand and one of the Apollo Theatre’s original dancers—all possess screen presence to spare, as well as carefully curated wardrobes that will leave fashionistas both envious and inspired to bring a little more creativity and personality to their own ensembles. New Yorkers through and through, Plioplyte’s subjects don’t plan on going out without a well-accessorized fight.