NEW YORK, Oct. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Sundance Channel has acquired U.S. pay T.V., pay per view, and video on demand (VOD) rights from Vogue magazine for the documentary Seamless, directed by Douglas Keeve and produced by Thomas A. Florio, VP & Publisher of Vogue. The film makes its U.S. premiere on Sundance Channel on December 26, 2005 at 9:00 pm, ET/PT.
"Seamless offers a raw look into what it takes to 'make it' in the fashion industry. This captivating film helps to lay the groundwork for future projects at Sundance Channel that provide 'day-in-the-life' perspectives on fascinating people and their industries," commented Laura Michalchyshyn, Executive Vice President, Programming & Marketing, Sundance Channel.
The film begins as Anna Wintour, editor-in chief, Vogue, questions where the next great young designer will come from. Enter the Council of Fashion Designers of America/Vogue Fashion Fund, a financial award presented annually to the young designer deemed most promising.
Seamless follows four fledgling designers as they navigate the not-so-glamorous world of pre-fame fashion and compete for the CFDA/Vogue prize. Alexandre Plokhov of Cloak, Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough of Proenza Schouler, and Doo Ri Chung of Doo.Ri each have the passion, talent, and acumen needed to succeed. What they don't have is the financial means to make the transition from virtually unknown artist to famous label designer. The stakes are high as they face touching, sometimes funny moments and several obstacles in pursuit of $250,000 and a mentorship.
Director Douglas Keeve, whose first film was the documentary Unzipped with Isaac Mizrahi, tracks the four competitors as they put the finishing touches on their designs, rehearse for daunting interviews, and prepare their work spaces for studio visits. Each has an exceptional story with a distinctive line of clothing to match. Interwoven within these narratives are interviews with the established, well respected, and sometimes feared members of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund committee, whose mission it is to choose fashion's Next Big Thing.
Seamless was underwritten by Hewlett-Packard, Movado, Redken and Shiseido.
About the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund
Launched in 2004, the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund is an unprecedented award program that combines a financial prize with business mentoring to promote the next wave of young American talent. The selection process involves narrowing down over hundreds of initial applicants to 10 finalists and ultimately an overall winner. These ten finalists go on to present their work and their business plan to a panel of fashion industry leaders, all of whom put the designers through rigorous questioning, studio visits and fashion presentations.
About Sundance Channel
Under the creative direction of Robert Redford, Sundance Channel is the television destination for independent-minded viewers seeking something different. Bold, uncompromising and irreverent, Sundance Channel offers audiences a diverse and engaging selection of films, documentaries, and original programs, all uncut and commercial free. Launched in 1996, Sundance Channel is a venture among NBC Universal, Robert Redford, and Showtime Networks Inc. Sundance Channel operates independently of the non-profit Sundance Institute and the Sundance Film Festival, but shares the overall Sundance mission of encouraging artistic freedom of expression.
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