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New York-Centric Doc ‘The First Monday in May’ to Open 2016 Tribeca Film Festival

New York-Centric Doc 'The First Monday in May' to Open 2016 Tribeca Film Festival

The Tribeca Film Festival has today announced that Andrew Rossi’s latest feature, the New York-centric documentary “The First Monday in May,” will open the 2016 edition of the festival.

The new film is billed as an “intimate documentary [that[ looks at The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s most attended Costume Institute exhibition in history, ‘China: Through the Looking Glass.’ The film follows curator Andrew Bolton, now Curator in Charge of the Costume Institute, in an exploration of the tension between fashion and art.” 

The film features appearances by a ton of artistic talent, including Wong Kar Wai, film director and Artistic Director of “China: Through the Looking Glass”; Baz Luhrmann, film director and creative consultant for the Met Gala; Vogue’s Andre Leon Talley; Harold Koda, Former Curator in Charge of the Costume Institute; Thomas Campbell, Director of The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Maxwell K. Hearn, Douglas Dillon Chairman of the Department of Asian Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art; and fashion designers Jean Paul Gaultier, Karl Lagerfeld, John Galliano, and Ricardo Tisci; as well as cameos from some of the leading names in fashion and entertainment.

“‘The First Monday in May’ illuminates the debate between fine art, fashion, pop culture and captures the creativity, passion and visionaries behind the exhibition and gala — Andrew Bolton and Anna Wintour,” said Jane Rosenthal, co-founder, Tribeca Film Festival, and Executive Chair, Tribeca Enterprises, of the announcement. “It is an honor to pay tribute to a fellow New York cultural institution on our opening night.”

Rossi added, “It’s an honor to premiere this film downtown with the Tribeca Film Festival for their fifteenth Festival, and I am truly thrilled to partner again with Magnolia Pictures.”

“‘The First Monday in May’ celebrates creativity in art and fashion and is deeply rooted in the creative world of New York, so to launch at a Festival that came into life in order to support that culture is very meaningful,” he continued. “We’re so excited to have the team at Magnolia behind the film, bringing it to audiences all across the country.”

Rossi previously directed “Page One: Inside the New York Times,” which premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.

The film was produced by Fabiola Beracasa Beckman, Sylvana Ward Durrett, and Dawn Ostroff, in association with Relativity Media, Conde Nast Entertainment, Mediaweaver Entertainment and Sarah Arison Productions.

“The First Monday in May” will be released in theaters on April 15. 

This year’s Tribeca Film Festival will run from April 13 – 24. The fest will announce the rest of its feature film slate starting March 2.

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