IFC peddles ‘Influence’

'70s film docu bows in Gotham

NEW YORK — With few of his contemporaries on hand for Tuesday’s Gotham preem of “A Decade Under the Influence,” IFC’s docu about groundbreaking filmmakers in the late 1960s and 1970s, it fell to helmer Robert Altman to reflect on that era’s transitions.

“It all had to do with when the studios gave up the power,” suggested Altman. “For a while the artists had it and now the agents have it. But it will happen again.”

Co-directors Richard LaGravenese and his late friend Ted Demme plunged into the docu when the threat of a writer’s strike stalled other projects. Demme completed three key interviews with William Friedkin, Bruce Dern and Roger Corman before his death.

Guests cozying up to the sounds of — what else? — vintage ’70s music at the East Side Italian boite Sciuscia included Denis Leary, Peter Gallagher, Oliver Platt, Lili Taylor, Stanley Tucci and John Cameron Mitchell. Also attending was the co-director’s widow Amanda Demme, producers Gini Reticker and Jerry Kupfer and IFC execs Jonathan Sehring, Kathy Dore, Caroline Kaplan and Alison Bourke.

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Leave a Reply

No Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More Scene News from Variety

Loading