I was pleased to be offered a pre-screening of Guest of Cindy Sherman, a new documentary opening tomorrow, March 27, in NYC at the Cinema Village and the Santa Fe Film Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Director Paul H-O, formerly of public access GalleryBeat, takes us again behind the scenes of the New York art world and brings us into the artist studio for exclusive interviews with none other than Cindy Sherman.
During his stint at GalleryBeat, Paul attended many gallery openings and won many fans. One of those fans being Cindy Sherman. The press shy and elusive Sherman invites Paul into her studio for a series of exclusive interviews where Paul gains insight into the artist's private world and her artistic process. A romantic relationship develops between the two.
Guest of Cindy Sherman, documents those interviews with the artist as well as interviews with Ingrid Sischy, John Waters, Robert Longo, Carol Kane, David Furnish, Danny DeVito and Molly Ringwald. The film "paints a vivid picture of the New York art scene that is also a witty, illuminating look at celebrity, male anxiety, and art."
Male anxiety, you say? One of the more interesting aspects of the film is in the story of identity. The relationship between Cindy (who wears many identities in her work) and Paul H-O begins to falter when Paul finds his own personality greatly overshadowed by Cindy's. The breaking point culminates as Paul finds himself in the role of "Guest of Cindy Sherman" at the openings and dinners which Cindy regularly attends. The notion of contrasting identities is compelling and the interviews are art world gossip at their best.
The film is directed by Paul H-O and Tom Donahue, producer Anura Idupuganti. After its premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, the film has played in over 30 film festivals around the world. Visit the website at www.guestofcindysherman.com. Tickets are available online.