São Paulo has quite a thirst for fashion film: a faithful group of Paulistans have been attending each and every event the Iguatemi festival has staged. A highlight last night was a presentation of Bruce Weber shorts given by his film editor Eva Lindemann and his books co-ordinator/archivist Nathaniel Kilcer.
So great have been the problems in clearing the music and film clips for what began as 'home movie' projects (Chop Suey has 93 music cues alone) that his films have rarely been seen. Eva and Nathan are in São Paulo to announce that this is about to change as the work has finally been done and the films are about to start being released.
The shorts are more autobiographical than the features I have seen and touching for it: I was particularly struck by a 'filmic acceptance speech' created on receiving the ICP Live Achievement Award in 2005, in which Bruce Weber divulges as much about his career and photographic process as he does his own life, friends and fantasies.