Iris. In Ketchum.

    October 10, 2015


    Ketchum, ID — October 8, 2015 — The Sun Valley Center for the Arts will offer a special screening of the film Iris on Thursday, October 22, 7pm, at the Magic Lantern Cinemas in Ketchum. Iris pairs legendary 87-year-old filmmaker Albert Maysles with Iris Apfel, the quick-witted, flamboyantly dressed 93-year-old style maven.


    Iris Apfel has had an outsized presence on the New York fashion scene for decades. But Iris is more than a fashion film—the documentary is a story about creativity and how, even in Apfel’s dotage, her soaring free spirit continues to inspire. Documentarian Maysles portrays a singular woman, whose enthusiasm for fashion, art and people are life’s sustenance. Apfel reminds us that dressing, and indeed life, is nothing but an experiment.


    Kristine Bretall, Director of Performing Arts explains, “In creating a documentary about style maven Iris Apfel, the legendary filmmaker Albert Maysles, combines his unique style with that of Apfel herself. Both are creatives that broke rules, conventions and expectations—and as the subject of the film, Apfel gives us inspiration for coloring well outside the lines.”


    Despite the abundance of glamour in Apfel’s current life, she continues to embrace the values and work ethic established during a middle-class Queens upbringing during the Great Depression. “I feel lucky to be working. If you’re lucky enough to do something you love, everything else follows,” she says in the film.


    Tickets for Iris are $10 for Center members and $12 for nonmembers. To reserve your seats, visit or call 208.726.9491.

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