Picture This

By Lita Robinson - October 12, 2010

Picture Me: A Model’s Diary” follows Sara Ziff, a young model at the top of the fashion world, as she falls first in and then out of love with this stunningly inhuman industry. The daughter of a professor, Ziff comes from an educated and well-off family and her decision to go into modeling has put her at odds with her parents’ expectations. When the films starts she is nineteen and, having modeled since the age of fourteen her parents are ready for her to go to college (she, however, has other ideas). The film is shot primarily by Ziff’s boyfriend, Ole Schell, who follows her around the world for four crazy years of photo shoots and Fashion Weeks. Their relationship isn’t exactly clear—he seems much older than her, and he’s the only one watching out for her on these globe-trotting expeditions.
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Model Behavior In "Picture Me"

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Sneak Peek a new poster supporting the documentary "Picture Me: A Model's Diary", directed by Ole Schell and Sara Ziff, focusing on the backstage world of modeling.

Ziff also appears in the film, alongside notable fashion designers Karl Lagerfeld and Nicole Miller.

"...Ole Schell follows model Sara Ziff for over 5 years, documenting her rise in the world of high fashion.

The documentary shows footage filmed behind the scenes of shows, photo shoots and fashion events in New York, Milan and Paris, exposing a shocking, predatory reality to the business, much different than that which is presented to the public..."

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Picture Me: A Model's Diary"...
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Shallow industry gets shallow treatment

The fashion documentary "Pic ture Me" proves that high- fashion models do indeed get their hair washed, put on clothes and walk in a straight line. But not much else. I have a lot of questions about models, but none is answered in this film by catwalker Sara Ziff and her boyfriend Ole Schell. Ziff still models and apparently isn't interested in burning bridges -- but intact infrastructure equals poor cinema. What, if anything, do models eat, and do their meals get fully digested? What do models make in a year?
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Picture Me | Review

Directors: Ole Schell, Sara Ziff Starring: Sara Ziff, Karl Lagerfeld, Nicole Miller Sara Ziff began modeling at age 14. She started working as a full-time model after high school at age 18. Her [now ex-] boyfriend, Ole Schell, fresh out of film school follows Ziff with a video camera tirelessly documenting her full immersion into a career as a model. (Ziff, too, is armed with a video camera.) Ziff and Schell interview other models, as well as famous photographers and designers. They probably did not have a purpose early on, but after almost five years of footage (most of which resembles a personal video diary or home movie) the purpose becomes more apparent. Ziff and Schell’s resulting film -- Picture Me -- reveals the ugly side of the modelling industry...and I do not mean ugly models. Models are some of the most recognizable figures (mind the pun) of our time, yet other
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International Women's Day: Women in Berlin

Until women reach a 50-50 parity with men directors, my mission continues to count the women directors in upcoming and recent film festivals (and an occasional informal glance at what’s selling in the markets). Women’s films in Berlin reflect women’s place in the world both in content and in the numbers of women represented as directors, producers, writers, etc. John Cooper of Sundance stresses the increasing and possibly 50-50 parity of women producers, but I am looking at the directors. As March is Women’s History Month (and all the other months are Men’s History Month according to Gloria Steinem’s L.A. Times Article of March 4, 2010) this blog is in honor of all women everywhere.

Congratulations to Kathryn Bigelow for winning the Academy Awards for Best Director and Best Picture. La Times puts into perspective the fact that the Best Director Oscar went to Kathryn Bigelow
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Doc News Shorts: Feb. 19, 2010

The Cove director Louie Psihoyos blogs about the adventure in getting his Oscar-nominated doc out to the world at The Wrap. Find out about the film's comparisons to Avatar (yes, that Avatar), how it's inspired Quentin Tarrantino to think about making a doc and more.

Strand Releasing has acquired all U.S. rights to Picture Me, a documentary by Ole Schell and Sara Ziff about the glitzy world of high fashion modeling, from photo shoots with celebrated photographers to runway shows in New York, Milan, and Paris. New York-based Paladin acquired ...
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Strand Finds Beauty in 'Picture Me'

Strand Releasing will have their work cut out with their latest acquisition -- kind of hard to feel sorry for a fourteen year-old making more in a couple of hours of modeling work than what most people make in a full year. - Strand Releasing will have their work cut out with their latest acquisition -- kind of hard to feel sorry for a fourteen year-old making more in a couple of hours of modeling work than what most people make in a full year. The doc film, about the daily grind of being a fashion model is much more than that from what I gather in the doc's trailer - imagine a child being thrown in a very adult world and industry were people are easily disposable commodities takes some major adjusting. It may actually be as bad as child actors. Filmed by Ole Schell,
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Indie Roundup: 'Le Refuge,' 'Zero,' 'Picture Me'

Indie Roundup is your weekly guide to what's new and upcoming in the world of independent film. Pictured from left to right: Le Refuge, Countdown to Zero, and Picture Me.

Deals. It was another busy week of acquisition activity. Here's a quick rundown, with details courtesy of our friends at indieWIRE.

Strand Releasing picked up Francois Ozon's Le Refuge. Isabelle Carre stars as woman impregnated by her late boyfriend; she 'develops a strong bond with her boyfriend's brother.' Oh, the French! Look for it in theaters this spring. Magnolia Pictures grabbed the documentary Countdown to Zero, directed by Lucy Walker, a Sundance premiere that "follows the escalating global nuclear arms crisis." A fall release is in the works. IFC Films acquired Duncan Ward's satire Boogie Woogie, set in the contemporary London art scene. The cast is impressive, including Danny Huston, Stellan Skarsgard, Heather Graham, Alan Cumming, Christopher Lee,
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"Picture Me" at Strand

Strand Releasing has acquired all Us rights to "Picture Me," a documentary by Ole Schell and Sara Ziff which foes behind the scenes to chronicle the glitzy world of high fashion modeling, from photo shoots with celebrated photographers to runway shows in New York, Milan, and Paris. "We are thrilled to be working with Strand to release 'Picture Me,'" Schell and Ziff said in a statement. "It's a unique film that ...
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'Lymelife' set to open Gen Art film fest

Derick Martini's "Lymelife," co-written with brother Steven Martini, will open the 14th annual Gen Art Film Festival, which runs April 1-7 in New York.

The fest, which for seven consecutive evenings showcases one feature and one short from an emerging filmmaker, followed by an afterparty, will take place at the redesigned Visual Arts Theater on West 23rd Street between 8th and 9th avenues.

Executive produced by Martin Scorsese and Leonard Loventhal, "Lymelife" stars Alec Baldwin, Cynthia Nixon, Jill Hennessy, Emma Roberts, Kieran Culkin, Rory Culkin and Timothy Hutton. It made its world premiere at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival, where it received the International Critics Award.

The fest's closing-night feature will be Julie Davis' "Finding Bliss," starring Leelee Sobieski, Denise Richards, Jamie Kennedy, Matthew Davis and Kristen Johnston.

The lineup also includes the theatrical premiere of Matt Aselton's "Gigantic," starring Zooey Deschanel and Paul Dano; Jay Dipietro's "Peter and Vandy,
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