DIRECTOR'S NAME: ERIC SMITH / PRODUCTION COMPANY: WORLD LOVE PRODUCTIONS / COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA / EDITED BY: LAURIE SCHMIDT, ERIC SMITH / MUSIC: BILL UNGERMAN, RAMA KOLESNIKOW, LANG/DUNLAP/NICKOLEY / CAST: IRENE WILLIAMS, ERIC SMITH / DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY: ERIC SMITH / FASHION DESIGNER: IRENE WILLIAMS / ARTISTIC DIRECTOR: ERIC SMITH / DURATION: 23'
SHORT FILM SYNOPSIS:
Like hundreds of other gay men, Eric fled the New York City winters for quick weekend getaways in SOUTH BEACH MIAMI. On one of these trips in 1995 he met IRENE WILLIAMS on LINCOLN ROAD. Her wild and colorful handmade outfits immediately caught his attention. With video camera in hand he began to realize what an amazing individual was inside these clothes. Over the next decade Eric documents a marvelous journey of Irene’s outsider couture, imparted wisdom, and the heartfelt affection they share. Shades of Harold and Maude meets Grey Gardens come together in this sweet, funny, and thoroughly endearing portrait of a rare bird in paradise and a friendship found.
SHORT DIRECTOR BIO:
Eric Smith is a nice jewish boy from Long Island New York. ”Eric from Merrick” He graduated from New York Law School in 1982 and passed the NY Bar exam (on the first try). He decided not to practice law and instead started E.G. SMITH SOCKS in 1982. Creator of the world famous “SLOUCH SOCK” . Eric’s designs revolutionized the hosiery industry. His designs can be found in the United States and Japan. In Japan, his design of the “LOOSE SOCK” has been the rage of the Japanese schoolgirls for over a decade. Eric has been video taping events in his life for over 30 years. This is his first film, and which has garnered 12 AWARDS, and hopefully the beginning of a series of future films created from his archives. Eric worked and lived in New York City until 1998. He now lives in San Francisco with his “significant smother” Mark and their dog Mattachine.