Mark your calendars!
Kate Novack, director of “The Gospel According to Andre,” will be at Harbor Theater, 185 Townsend Ave., Boothbay Harbor on Thursday, July 26 to introduce her film that won accolades at the Tribeca and Toronto Film Festivals recently. She will give us insights into the way it all came together and answer audience questions afterwards.
A wine and cheese reception provided by Eventide Specialties will start off the festive night at 6:30 p.m. Film starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for children, and $8 for members (member’s children are $6).
The documentary is an intimate portrait of the extraordinary life of André Leon Talley, the 6-foot-6 flamboyant, witty Vogue magazine editor who rose from humble beginnings in the segregated South to his position in New York City as one of the most influential “tastemakers” and fashion curators of our times.
Entertainment Weekly calls the film a “fabulous fashion documentary” and Boston Globe critic Peter Keough says it’s “exhilarating,” and finds “it unfolds like the pages of a fashion magazine.”
Those pages are filled with archival footage of a young Talley in his hometown of Durham, North Carolina, shots of supermodels on the runway and other glamorous moments in fashion history. In between are poignant interviews with Talley about his life growing up in the South, attending Brown University, and finding his way to the big city.
Novak explores the connections between the elegance of André’s beloved grandmother and the southern black church of his youth and his later iconic, barrier-breaking work at publications like Women’s Wear Daily, W and Vogue.
The film features commentary from childhood friends in the South to fashion luminaries including Anna Wintour, Manolo Blahnik, Marc Jacobs and Tom Ford.
Novak is an Emmy-nominated producer and director of documentary films. She was a producer and writer, with her husband and fellow producer Andrew Rossi, on “Page One: Inside the New York Times,” about that paper's media columnist David Carr and the upheavals in print journalism. Page One was nominated for two Emmy Awards and a Critics Choice Award.
She was a producer on the HBO feature film “A Table in Heaven” (2008), about the family that owns the legendary French restaurant Le Cirque, in New York City.
Kate Novack is the daughter of Mary Tanski, a long-time resident of the Newagen Colony on Southport Island. She and her children will be here for a week’s vacation, and we are fortunate that she is willing to take off an evening to give us an intimate view of film making at Harbor Theater.