Build Series presents: Matt Smith & Ondi Timoner speak on the film, "Mapplethorpe"

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From the early '70s until his untimely death at age 42, "Mapplethorpe," directed by Ondi Timoner, explores the intersection of Robert Mapplethorpe's art and sexuality, his struggle for mainstream recognition, and, looming above it all, the specter of the emerging AIDS crisis. Featuring Matt Smith ("Doctor Who," "The Crown") and Marianne Rendón, the biopic offers a nuanced portrait of an artist at the height of his craft and of the self-destructive impulses that threaten to undermine it all.

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"Mapplethorpe Exhibition Opens at Guggenheim Ahead of Upcoming Biopic" - The Hollywood Reporter

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On March 1, Mapplethorpe, Ondi Timoner’s narrative film opens in New York and Los Angeles. Ahead of the release of the upcoming biopic, an exhibit will be on show at the Guggenheim.

“A recently-opened exhibition at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, “Implicit Tensions: Mapplethorpe Now,” explores both the range of Robert Mapplethorpe's work and legacy, as well as his influence on other contemporary artists.” - Laurie Brookins

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Timoner, speaks to; who influenced her casting of Matt Smith as Robert Mapplethorpe, the chemistry of her leads, and the lengths artists will go to be loved.

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Out on Film Festival Atlanta - Audience Award!


We picked up the Audience Award on Closing Night at #OutonFilm this weekend & Matt Smith won for Best Actor in a Feature! The highlight of my 15 hours in #Atlanta was Q&Aing with the brilliant & beautiful McKinley Belcher III aka “Milton Moore” in Mapplethorpe Movie - Thx Felicia FeasterJohn H. Ransom Sallie Golden Ransom for the photos & Fay Gold Gallery Atlanta (for incredible Robert Mapplethorpe stories!) #mapplethorpemovie#closingnight Interloper Films #AudienceAward Congrats Nancy Schreiber, Jonah Markowitz & Team #Mapplethorpe !

Oslo/Fusion International Film Festival - Audience Award!


 just won the #Audience #Award in #Oslo for Best Feature Oslo/Fusion International Film Festival - Thx to all who came to our screenings, to the consummate host Bard Ydén, and to the awesome Archi Vienot for capturing my quiet appreciation of beautiful #norway ❤️#mapplethorpe #premier #mapplethorpemovie Mapplethorpe MovieInterloper Films #interloperfilms McKinley Belcher III Mariane Rendon Nancy Schreiber

aGLIFF (Austin) - Audience Award!


Mapplethorpe Movie is the Closing Night film of Agliff & I’m here to present it. Hope to see you Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar. Thx for the shout out Austin Chronicle!

Long Beach Q Films - Best Director & Audience Award!

Sidewalk Film Festival - Audience Award!


We won the Audience Award for MAPPLETHORPE of Sidewalk Film Festival(the greatest film fest in Southeast) on Sunday night but I missed receiving it b/c I’d snuck out after Juki presented his jury awards (yes, my lad was a juror there again- still only 14 yrs old but 6’2”) We’d been Closing Night of the Shoutfest (LGBTQ pt of the fest) that night & then man those volunteers musta counted those ballots quick to tally that we won most popular film of the whole darn Sidewalk Film Festival just 2 hours later!! Thx Birmingham!!! And Thx, @GrahamCorayBoettcher (Director of The Birmingham Museum of Art) for hosting my Q&A! Also bless the fabulous Farah White for the artsy pics of said Q&A & the celebratory piggie back ride yesterday. And to one of the greatest fest programmers in America, Rachel Morgan, & badass producer, Melodie Sisk, who treated us to a beautiful babe brunch and are always a dream to be with. Thank god Rachel & Juki didn’t kill me the other night (see laser guns) so I could live to see this great day. Congrats to the teams at Mapplethorpe Movie & Samuel Goldwyn Films and also to Madeleine Olnek for winning the Shout Festival for Wild Nights with Emilyand friends @Theolove & Bryan Storkel for opening Sidewalk Film Festivalwith "White Tide: The Legend of Culebra"

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Mapplethorpe World Tour

We are mid-festival tour and thrilling audiences, picking up awards. Here’s some upcoming dates. Please come see us when we land in your city!

Art Newspaper Film Festival, Moscow

9/13 - 9/23 - Screening TBD

Reeling Film Festival - Chicago, IL

9/21 9:30pm - Tickets Available Here!

Landmark's Century Centre Cinema


Oslo Fusion International Film Festival - Oslo, Norway

9/21 9pm - Tickets Available Here!

9/23 7pm - Tickets Available Here!

Cinema Diverse: Palm Springs LGBT FF - Palm Springs, CA

9/23 5:15pm - Tickets Available Here!

Camelot Theater One


Tampa Bay International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

10/10 7:45pm - Tickets Available Here!

Tampa Theatre

Ondi Timoner Retrospective (DIG!, JOIN US, MAPPLETHORPE)

Bend Film Festival

10/11 - 10/14 - Screening TBD


Out on Film - Atlanta, GA

10/6 9pm - Tickets Available Here!

Plaza Theater

Warsaw Film Festival - Warsaw, Poland

10/12 - 10/21- Screening TBD

OUTshine GLBT Film Festival - Ft Lauderdale
10/18 - 10/28 - Screening TBD

TWIST: Seattle Queer Film Festival - Seattle, WA

10/19 - Screening TBD

Gender Bender Film Festival Bologna, Italy

10/21 - 11/4 - Screening TBD

Newfest Film Festival - NYC

10/27 - Screening TBD

Thessaloniki International Film Festival - Thessaloníki, Greece

11/1 - 11/11 - Screening TBD

Scottsdale International Film Festival - Scottsdale, AZ

11/9 - Screening TBD

11/10 - Panel TBD


Cucalorus Festival - Wilmington, NC

11/11 - Screening TBD

Cork Film Festival - Cork CIty, Ireland

11/9 - 11/18 - Screening TBD

Key West Film Festival - Key West, FL

11/14 - 11/18 - Screening TBD

Screening in Conjunction with Mapplethorpe Exhibit!

Queer Lisboa International Queer Film Festival - Lisbon Portugal

11/23 - 11/25 - Screening TBD

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Mapplethorpe and Wild Nights with Emily are Big Q Film Award Winners

Interloper Films is proud to have received The Audience Awards at Q Film in Long Beach & in Austin at Agliff for Mapplethorpe this past weekend. Kudos to Ondi Timoner for winning Best Director too at Long Beach. And Congratulations to the talented female filmmakers: Madeleine Olnek, writer/director of Wild Nights with Emily for Best Feature & Screenplay at Q Film Long Beach & Melissa Haizlip, director of Mr. Soul, Best Feature Documentary at Agliff!

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Matt Smith’s ‘Mapplethorpe’ Acquired by Samuel Goldwyn Films

Samuel Goldwyn Films has secured North American rights to Ondi Timoner’s biopic “Mapplethorpe,” starring Matt Smith as the controversial photographer Robert Mapplethorpe.

The film, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in April, will be released in the late fall. Timoner directed from a script she co-wrote with Mikko Alanne. The film is produced by Eliza Dushku, Timoner, Nate Dushku, and Richard J Bosner. Executive producers are Peter Palandjian and Sam Maydew.

Marianne Rendón stars as singer Patti Smith, Mapplethorpe’s longtime roommate and partner. The cast also includes John Benjamin Hickey, Mark Moses, Carolyn McCormick, Brian Stokes Mitchell, and Kerry Butler.

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‘Mapplethorpe’ Film Review: Matt Smith Brings the Controversial Photographer to Vivid Life

The major thing that “Mapplethorpe” has in its favor is that the film is afraid of neither the life nor the work of the notorious photographer Robert Mapplethorpe.

Documentary director Ondi Timoner (“We Live in Public”), making her narrative debut, has ensured that this movie acknowledges the many hard edges and unattractive qualities of this man while also celebrating and not looking away from his most explicit and scariest photographs, many of which rather surprisingly appear on screen.

Full Review on The Wrap

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Director Ondi Timoner on the long journey to get “Mapplethorpe” made.

The film examines the life and art of iconic photographer Robert Mapplethorpe (a riveting Matt Smith), who was notorious for depicting S&M scenes and phalluses, with stark, elegant beauty. Mapplethorpe’s work challenged the art world in the ’70s and ’80s and scandalized political conservatives: “He was trying to make photos that could be deemed obscene into classical art,” Timoner notes.

Full Interview on NewNowNext

Photo Credit: Jolene Siana @jolenesiana

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Ondi Timoner Hopes That ‘Jungletown’ Will Inspire Viewers To Turn Off The TV & Take Action

When entrepreneur Jimmy Stice asked filmmaker Ondi Timoner to visit Kalu Yala, “the world’s greatest sustainable modern town” that he’s building in the middle of the Panamanian jungle, she didn’t have plans to film a documentary.

Timoner was simply curious to see Stice’s work in action — but that quickly changed when she witnessed the project firsthand and met the participants. In an interview with Bustle, the two-time Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner says that, upon arrival, she instinctively broke out her camera. One thing quickly lead to another and, after 1,500 hours of footage and months spent in the jungle, the docuseries Jungletown will premiere on Viceland on March 28. Timoner’s hope is that “the show will impact people’s lives when we turn off the TV.”

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Director Ondi Timoner has made a career telling stories of artists driven to the edge by their creative pursuits…often to the detriment of their personal lives.

As a documentarian she made the cult favorite DIG! about the friendship/rivalry of rockers Courtney Taylor-Taylor and Anton Newcombe. She followed it up with We Live in Public, Amanda F***ng Palmer on the Rocks, and Brand: A Second Coming. Robert Mapplethorpe (already the subject of several biographies and documentaries) is the latest artist to be examined by Timoner, who’s made her narrative debut with Mapplethorpe; or as she specifies, her first scripted feature. Starring Matt Smith as Mapplethorpe opposite, Marianne Rendón, John Benjamin Hickey and Brandon Sklenar, Timoner’s portrait of the prolific and controversial artist received the Second Place Audience Award (To Dust won first place) at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival.

Full Article on FF2Media

Photo Credit: Jolene Siana @jolenesiana

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