'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.