There’s plenty of It Girls, but there is just one genuine It Grandma, and that’s Iris Apfel. The 93-year-old fashionista will star in her very own documentary this spring, created by late iconic director Albert Maysles. Watch the delightful trailer here.
Photographer Bruce Weber, Tavi and the Met Museum’s Harold Koda all make appearances in the film, which explores Iris’ unique creative vibe and life, from her upbringing in Queens during the Great Depression, to her marriages and unique lifestyle.
The director of the film is the also iconic Maysles, who sadly passed away last week aged 88. He is known for documentaries such as Grey Gardens, on Jackie O’s life and relatives, and Gimmy Shelter, which followed the Rolling Stones on the road, and he and Iris were very close. His daughter, Rebekah, also a producer of the film, said about the experience: “My father was always interested in making portraits of people, of them just being who they were. He really loved working with Iris. I would often stand aside and see him nudge her and say something sweet about how he really liked shooting her. I would catch him saying things to her like ‘we’re getting good stuff’- or as she was walking back to her bedroom he’d give her the thumbs up. We were a small team and liked being in each other’s company.”
Magnolia Pictures will release IRIS in New York on 29th April and additional cities throughout May.