Bill Cunningham Documentary Opens New Directors/New Films '10

by TIFFANY ETESSAMI · March 25, 2010

[All photos via PMc] Legendary New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham has been an important fixture on the scene for the last four or five decades. In a deserving homage, Richard Press screened his documentary, Bill Cunningham New York, last night.

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The screening of the film also served as the opening of New Directors/New Films '10. The festival is a collaboration between the Film Society of Lincoln Center and MoMA. The showcase of work by emerging filmmakers is in its 39th year.

Bill Cunningham, in his nineties and still riding along Manhattan on his Schwinn bicycle, is a very charming man. Oscar de la Renta has said, "More than anyone else in the city, he has the whole visual history of the last 40 or 50 years of New York. It's the total scope of fashion in the life of New York."

Anna Wintour, Rachel Roy and Veronica Webb all came out to pay their respects and celebrate the opening of the film fest!

Bill Cunningham, Agnes Gund, Rajendra Roy

Marie Josee, Henry Kravis, Patrick McDonald, Kenny Kenny

Philip Gefter, Richard Press, Bill Cunningham

Rachel Roy, Veronica Webb

Rejendra Roy, Philip Gefter, Richard Press, Mara Manus