Free Members-Only Screening: Mapplethorpe, The Director’s Cut


Free Members-Only Screening: Mapplethorpe, The Director’s Cut

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This screening has reached its registration capacity.

Film Independent Members, you and a guest are invited to watch Mapplethorpe, The Director’s Cut in our Film Independent Presents Online Screening Room, powered by Vision Media. A special pre-recorded conversation with co-writer/director/producer/editor Ondi Timoner, moderated by Josh Welsh (President, Film Independent), is included as part of this screening experience.

Photographer Robert Mapplethorpe was among the most consequential and controversial artists of the 20th Century.

Mapplethorpe, The Director’s Cut offers restored scenes depicting Mapplethorpe’s childhood love of photography, his embattled relationship with his father, and his lingering, ambivalent connection to the Catholic faith. The film follows Robert’s important love affair with Patti Smith and his subsequent, pivotal romance with powerhouse art collector Sam Wagstaff. We see Mapplethorpe’s development of a precise, erotically-charged photographic style, along with his ultimately successful struggle to attain mainstream recognition — a status interrupted, although barely halted, by his untimely death from AIDS.

Mapplethorpe, The Director’s Cut portrays a nuanced portrait of an artist at the height of his craft, along with the self-destructive impulses that threatened to undermine everything he prized.

2021, 114 minutes, color | Directed by Ondi Timoner | Written by Ondi Timoner, Mikko Alanne | Based on a screenplay by Bruce Goodrich | Starring Matt Smith, Marianne Rendón, John Benjamin Hickey, Mark Moses, Carolyn McCormick, McKinley Belcher III, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Kerry Butler, Mickey O’Hagan | Produced by Eliza Dushku, Ondi Timoner, Nate Dushku, Richard J. Bosner | Co-Produced by Linda Pizzuti Henry, Amnon Lourie, Rosemary Lombard, Crissy Brookshire | Co-Produced by Nathalie Seaver | Executive Produced by Peter Palandjian, Sam Maydew, Geralyn White Dreyfous, Jamie Wolf

Registration Information

All Film Independent Members can register for this online screening starting at 4:00 pm on Thursday, March 8. | Registration is free; one registration per Membership. | Proof of Member status is required to complete registration.

Arts Circle and Film Lover Members are guaranteed access to this event; email for more information.

How to Watch

On the first day of screening availability, registered Members (and guests, when applicable) will be emailed a secure link by our partner Vision Media to watch this title in the Film Independent Presents Online Screening Room.

Online Screening Policies

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