February 20, 2009

FILM OF THE WEEK & PODCAST: Eleven Minutes (Jay McCarroll)


Eleven Minutes
Directed by Michael Selditch and Rob Tate
2009, 103 Minutes, U.S.A.

In this week's Village Voice, I favorably reviewed the new documentary Eleven Minutes, whose official synopsis reads as such:

"It's been a while since the sharp-witted Jay McCarroll was dubbed 'the next great American designer' on Season One of reality TV’s Project Runway and he's anxious to finally show his first line of clothing. The feature documentary Eleven Minutes chronicles his year-long journey preparing his first independent runway show for New York’s Fashion Week in Bryant Park and the subsequent selling of his line to stores. The result is an in-depth, painfully raw and humorous exploration of the creative process and the constant balancing of commerce with art, fame with talent and reality TV with actual reality."

Coincidentally in NYC during Fashion Week (though mainly for the film, and to attend the Project Runway show), the now Philadelphia-based McCarroll sat down with me to discuss what it's like to have his life exposed to the masses, the misconceptions people have gleaned from his screen personality, and why he only retains the memories that have been recorded on camera.

To listen to the podcast, click here.
[WARNING: NSFW language ahead (Jay's, of course).]

Eleven Minutes opens today in New York and Los Angeles. For more info, visit the official site.

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Posted by ahillis at February 20, 2009 2:27 PM