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Meet the 2015 Tribeca Filmmaker #37: Profile of the Ultimate Art Patron in ‘Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict’

Meet the 2015 Tribeca Filmmaker #37: Profile of the Ultimate Art Patron in 'Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict'

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Peggy Guggenheim (yes, that’s her uncle’s museum) was an art collector and socialite, who lived a colorful life filled with world travel and many lovers. Peggy’s stories are so wild, Lisa Immordino Vreeland’s documentary at times seems more like fiction than reality. “Art Addict” is a glimpse inside Guggenheim’s world, which is every bit as titillating as the audacious artwork she collected. 

What’s your film about in 140 characters or less?

“Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict” is an intimate portrait of a patron of the arts extraordinaire who transformed a modest fortune and impeccable taste into one of the premiere collections of twentieth century modern art.

Now what’s it REALLY about?

It is the personal story of a woman who reinvented herself and gave herself a real purpose to her life in a very unexpected fashion. She was fearless as she took control of her own life and in a very accidental manner found herself in the center of the most avant-garde moment in art where she found her true identity.

Tell us briefly about yourself.

I love making films and find the process so challenging and surprising. That is why I enjoy it so much, I learn something new everyday.

Biggest challenge in completing this film?

Peggy Guggenheim’s personal life was just as interesting as her accomplishments and it was a real challenge understanding what ultimately had to be included in the final film.

What do you want the Tribeca audience to take away from your film?

Everyone has the ability to change the course of their life especially if you are fearless and courageous about your choices just as Peggy Guggenheim was.

Any films inspire you?

I fell in love with films when I started to watch all of the neorealistic films, they still inspire me.

What’s next?

A great new character who is still very influential today.

What cameras did you shoot on?

The B Roll was shot on the Red Epic and all interviews were shot on the Canon C300 by the DP Peter Trilling.

Indiewire invited Tribeca Film Festival directors to tell us about their films, including what inspired them, the challenges they faced and what they’re doing next. We’ll be publishing their responses leading up to the 2015 festival. For profiles go HERE.

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