Directors BETHANN HARDISON, FRÉDÉRIC TCHENG (US 2022) 114 min
Behold the beautiful story of a pioneering Black model, modeling agency founder, and influential fashion-industry diversity advocate. Bethann Hardison, co-directing with Frédéric Tcheng, reflects on her own extraordinary legacy. Her journey began as an assistant to fashion designers but she was quickly pulled onto the runway to model. Over the course of her decades-long career, Hardison successfully used her influence, savvy, and community-building skills to create a place for models of color on fashion’s top runways by repeatedly holding her industry responsible for representing all shades of beauty. As a result of her relentless work, she has literally changed the face of fashion. An “insider with a radical’s heart,” Hardison remains front and center as an industry expert, mentor, model, and elder.
IN PERSON: Director FRÉDÉRIC TCHENG, Director + Film Subject BETHANN HARDISON | Conversation moderated by SHERRI MCMULLEN, McMullen Boutique
Join us after the program for a reception in the MFR, adjacent to theater | 9:00 – 11:00
FRIDAY, MAY 12 • 7:00
$16.50 General | $14 CFI Members | $15 Senior (65+)
$8 Students w/ ID and Youth (12 & under)
FILM & RECEPTION:
$35 General | $30 CAFILM Members
(Limited Film & Reception tickets available)
Born and raised in New York, BETHANN HARDISON is an American fashion model, activist, and industry pioneer. Among other honors, in 2013 she received the Frederick Douglass Award for her work promoting diversity in fashion.
FRÉDÉRIC TCHENG is a French-born filmmaker whose previous work includes Valentino: The Last Emperor (2008), Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel (2011), and Dior and I (2014).
|RUNNING TIME:||114 min|
|DIRECTORS:||Bethann Hardison & Frédéric Tcheng|
|PRODUCERS:||Lisa Cortés, Paul Dallas|
|CINEMATOGRAPHERS:||Mia Cioffi Henry, Frédéric Tcheng|
|EDITORS:||Chris McNabb, Frédéric Tcheng|
|NOTE WRITER:||Celia C. Peters|
Director MAIA WIKLER (US 2022) 29 min
As they seek to defend their sacred homelands in the Arctic, 19-year-old Quannah Chasinghorse and her mother Jody Potts-Joseph also work to break the barriers of Indigenous representation in the high-fashion world.
A 2020 National Geographic Early Career Explorer whose work appears in Teen Vogue and VICE, MAIA WIKLER is a Political Ecology PhD student, writer, filmmaker, and community organizer focused on climate justice.