Chatting with Dorothy Vogel at the Reel Artists Film Festival Opening Night

Reel Artists Film Festival Opening Night
Reel Artists Film Festival Opening Night

I didn’t realize I would be meeting an art world superstar on Thursday but I found myself sitting across for Dorthoy Vogal talking about art, booze and Downton Abbey. It was the Opening Night party for the Reel Artists Film Festival.

Reel Artists Film Festival Opening Night
Reel Artists Film Festival Opening Night

The 10th-annual Reel Artists Film Festival presents a selection of international feature-length and short documentaries that address challenges and questions raised by artists both in front of and behind the camera. Through these films, subjects are revealed, experimental processes unfold, and events are staged. With these three categories in mind—subject, process, event—RAFF handpicked works by artists who play with the idea of documentary and show how cross-disciplinary connections can revitalize the medium, reigniting its creative potential.(source: press release)

Reel Artists Film Festival Opening Night
Reel Artists Film Festival Opening Night

Opening night was a real treat as the Real Artist Film Festival brought Megumi Sasaki and Dorothy Vogel to celebrate 10 years of the festival and their new movie Herb & Dorothy 50×50. Megumi Sasaki’s Herb & Dorothy premiered at the Real Artist Film Festival in 2009. It documented the lives of Herb and Dorothy Vogel who amassed an enormous collection of conceptual art and minimalist art. The movie showed people you don’t need to be rich to enjoy and collect art. Herb was a Postal Worker and Dorothy was a Librarian but together they build up a very valuable collection. Herb & Dorothy 50×50 continues the tale of the Vogel collection and their incredible gift of 50 works of art to 50 museums in the US. We got to see a small excerpt of the movie ahead of its full showing in New York. It was inspiring and I can’t wait to see the compete film.

The Real Artist Film Festival continues all weekend and there are lots of great films to see. Tickets are $12 and are available online or at the TIFF Box Office.

Outfit Breakdown: All in black with Jeremy Laing Jacket and Top, Danier Leather Leggings, Ash Boots and handbag by Kara Ross (courtesy of Kelly Claman Company Inc)

images: Emma Mcintyre

By Anita Clarke

Anita Clarke is an Engineering Storyteller and the founder of the fashion blog “I want – I got.” She was one of the first and most prominent online fashion writers in Toronto and Canada.