Film: "Men of the Cloth"
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Image courtesy of Vicki Vasilopoulos
Film Screening: Men of the Cloth, documentary film by Vicki Vasilopoulos, followed by a panel discussion.
Viewing begins promptly at 6:30 pm, panel discussion to follow.
Please arrive early as we honor Wilkes Bashford’s contributions as a fashion leader to San Francisco. The Honorable Willie Brown will accept the honor in memory of Wilkes Bashford.
Men of the Cloth is an inspiring portrait of three humble and accomplished Italian master tailors whose work exudes elegance and style. The film gives us a window into the past, present, and future of custom tailoring, a craft whose roots are in the Renaissance but whose branches extend from small towns in the Apennine Mountains of Italy and the outskirts of Palermo, Sicily, all the way to New York's Madison Avenue and the suburbs of Philadelphia. Now in the twilight of their career, artisans Nino Corvato, Checchino Fonticoli, and Joe Centofanti have a passionate devotion to their old-world craft. As they confront the decline of the apprentice system, they fear that their knowledge will vanish with them. Joe Genuardi, a tailoring apprentice, reflects on the resurgence of popular interest in artisanal craftsmanship as an alternative to corporate mass production, providing hope for the future of this craft.
Men of the Cloth premiered at DOC NYC, the largest documentary film festival in America, and was an Audience Favorite at the Three Rivers Film Festival in Pittsburgh. It has screened at arthouse cinemas and museums, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the Phoenix Art Museum, and the George Eastman Museum in Rochester, NY. Mens' lifestyle magazine A & H called the film: "dynamic, emotional, and inspiring! A captivating tale of an art in both remission and resurgence, Men of the Cloth is a journey across the globe unifying craftsmanship and style.” Arts Fuse called the film "a deeply moving narrative, a story that is filled with a deep lust for life."
Watch the trailer for Men of the Cloth.
Director/Producer Vicki Vasilopoulos was the Senior Fashion Editor at DNR (now part of WWD), the men’s news magazine where she styled and produced photo layouts, reviewed designer runway shows, and wrote fashion feature stories. As a freelance writer, Vasilopouloshas contributes to People magazine and Fashion Wire Daily and has had features published in The New York Times, Esquire, and Time Out New York. She served as a film series programmer for New York Women in Film and Television. She is a member of the International Documentary Association, the Independent Filmmaker Project, and the American Society of Journalists and Authors. She is a native of Greece and spent her formative years in New York City. She has a BA in Journalism from New York University, and has studied at The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and the Paris Fashion Institute in France.
Producer/Director: Vicki Vasilopoulos | Production Company: Orestes Films LLC
Editor: Sandrine Isambert
Directors of Photography: David Gaynes, Christian Jacks, and Andrew David Watson
Composer: Chris Hajian | Motion Graphics: Michael Saul
Running Time: 96 minutes
The film received grants from the National Italian American Foundation and the William B. Dietrich Foundation in Philadelphia.
Complimentary tickets for the film are distributed starting at 5:45 pm at the Koret Auditorium entrance. No advance tickets or reservations. Seating is limited, and first come, first served.
Programming and general admission to the permanent collection galleries are free of charge during Friday Nights at the de Young. A $20 surcharge applies to visit the special exhibition galleries.
Support for Friday Nights at the de Young is provided by Hanson Bridgett, the Koret Foundation, and the Wells Fargo Foundation. During Friday Nights, funding from The Hearst Foundations makes possible free general admission to the permanent collection galleries. The media sponsor is the San Francisco Chronicle.