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Bruce Weber Month at Sundance

August 5, 2009

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August is Bruce Weber month at the Sundance Channel beginning tomorrow with the TV premiere of “Broken Noses,” a documentary exploring lightweight boxer Andy Minsker and boys he coaches in Portand, Oregon.

On Aug. 13, “Let’s Get Lost” about Chet Baker comes to TV for the first time. Let’s Get Lost goes on the road with the musician, drug-wrecked but still charming, during what turned out to be the last year of his life (he died on May 13, 1988).  The film contains some of Baker’s final recording sessions, which are interwoven with rare performance footage, excerpts from Italian B movies featuring the young Baker, and candid interviews with Baker, musicians, friends, battling ex-wives and children.

On Aug. 20 is the TV premiere of “Chop Suey” and world premiere of “Liberty City is Like Paris to Me”

In “Chop Suey,” Weber work that is a look at all of his favorite things. Like the Chinese-American dish for which it is named, “Chop Suey” harmoniously blends the diverse ingredients that shaped Weber’s world, including: ebullient jazz singer/pianist Frances Faye, British explorer and photographer Sir Wilfred Thesiger; actor Jan Michael Vincent; fashion legend Diana Vreeland; and Brazilian jujitsu champion Rickson Gracie and his family.

In “Liberty City is Like Paris to Me,” Weber provides a tribute to photographer Gordon Parks and focuses on the small town outside of Miami Beach which has rebuilt itself from a crime ridden, racially-divided neighborhood to a community united.

The world premiere of Liberty City is Like Paris To Me, can also be viewed in full at sundancechannel.com/bruceweber as part of the first online multi-media exhibition of Bruce Weber’s work entitled: Gone Fishing – A Little Journey In My Backyard.

On Aug. 27 five short films, including “Liberty City is Like Paris to me” will play in a shorts block. Other films include”

Backyard Movie – Weber connects past and present inspirations in this film that incorporates family movies shot by his father.

Gentle Giants – Weber’s candid reflection on the images and experiences that helped shape his aesthetic, from magazine photos of 50s movie stars to his love of dogs.

The Teddy Boys of the Edwardian Draper Society – A glimpse inside contemporary London’s late-night rockabilly havens, where the fashions, attitudes, tattoos and music of 50s Teddy Boys are alive and well.

Wine and Cupcakes – A love letter to New York City, this ten minute tone poem follows Scottish songstress Angela McCluskey and her husband, the composer Paul Cantelon, through a beautiful autumn afternoon in Central Park.

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