Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and Trish Dalton reflect on DIANE VON FURSTENBERG (Tribeca 2024) – Valerie Kalfrin interviews

Diane von Furstenberg’s outlook is as lively as her eye-catching designs. The fashion and feminist icon is a quote machine of practical wisdom. Watch her Tribeca 2024 documentary Diane von Furstenberg: Woman in Charge, attend a Q&A with her, or visit with her, and you’ll be tempted to take notes, even if you’re not a journalist or a film critic. The directors recently talked with AWFJ about designing this project and what they absorbed from the experience.

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DIANE VON FURSTENBERG: WOMAN IN CHARGE (Tribeca 2024) – Review by Valerie Kalfrin

Fashion and feminist icon Diane von Furstenberg applies makeup sitting on the bathroom counter with her feet in the sink in the new documentary Diane von Furstenberg: Woman in Charge. It’s a welcome grounding detail in a film where, within the first five minutes, Oprah Winfrey, Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Gloria Steinem sing her praises. Yet it also fits with the designer’s frank and pragmatic demeanor. Opening the 2024 Tribeca Film Festival, Diane von Furstenberg: Woman in Charge hits the major points of her life and work. While not as revealing in some aspects, with brief comments or observations regarding certain events, the film also avoids hagiography, crafting a fuller portrait between the lines. It airs on Hulu later this month.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Tribeca Film Festival 2024 Female Focus – Brandy McDonnell reports

Scheduled to run from June 5-16 in New York City, this year’s Tribeca Film Fest boasts a features lineup offering a diverse array of narrative, documentary and animated films, including several created by and starring women. This year’s program includes 103 feature films from 114 filmmakers across 48 countries. The lineup comprises 86 world premieres, two international premieres, six North American premieres and eight New York premieres. Half of the films in competition are directed by women. Additionally, 36 of the feature films, or 35%, are directed by filmmakers of color. There are 30 films directed by first-time filmmakers, and 25 directors returning to Tribeca with their latest projects.

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