Film society to screen documentary 'Bill Cunningham New York' Dec. 28

Iconic photos spotlight everything from hip-hop to haute couture
Photographer Bill Cunningham, now in his 80s, has lived and worked in Manhattan since the 1940s. SOURCE SUBMITTED
December 26, 2012

For December’s Monthly Screening, the Rehoboth Beach Film Society will present the award-winning documentary “Bill Cunningham New York,” at 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 28, in the upstairs screening room at the Movies at Midway in Rehoboth Beach.

This engaging documentary traces the singular life and career of the legendary New York Times fashion photographer Bill Cunningham, whose iconic photos have spotlighted everything from hip-hop to haute couture. Now in his 80s, Cunningham continues to bike around New York shooting the New York Times’ On the Street photo section. Comments by famous friends like designer Michael Kors, Vogue editor Anna Wintour and the late socialite Brooke Astor mingle with those of streetwise fashionistas, capturing the essence of this surprisingly private and self-effacing man.

This multiple award-winning film (including Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary) contrasts the busy life of the energetic and engaging Cunningham with the changing face of his Manhattan, including the possibility of Cunningham’s eviction from the venerable Carnegie Hall studios, where he has lived and worked since the 1940s. The San Francisco Chronicle calls the film deeply moving and visually stunning.

Admission for Monthly Screenings is $4 for Rehoboth Beach Film Society members (current membership card must be presented), and $6 for future members. Tickets are sold at the door on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Rehoboth Beach Film Society is funded, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts in Delaware, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information on this series, other events, or to become a member, go to or call 302-645-9095.