The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black performs at premier of STEPHANIE IN THE WATER featuring World Champion Surfer STEPHANIE GILMORE All photos by Benjamin Lozovsky Text by Ryan Urcla

Dear Shaded Viewers,

The worlds of fashion, art and surf collided on Tuesday night at the NYC  premiere of STEPHANIE IN THE WATER featuring World Champion Surfer STEPHANIE GILMORE, directed by AVA WARBRICK, on August 12, hosted by ARDEN WOHL and BOND/360 at Tribeca Cinemas.

The screening was followed by a special live performance by Kembra Pfahler who took to the stage as The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black, followed by music by iDEATH– Andrew VanWyngarden of MGMT.

Special guests included Stephanie Gilmore, Ava Warbrick, Arden Wohl, Kembra Pfahler (The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black), Andrew Vanwyngarden (lead singer, MGMT), Yigal Azrouel, Cynthia Rowley, Bill Powers, Jill Stuart, Rogan Gregory, Victoria Bartlett, Robert McKinley, Richard Philips, Dustin Yellin, Alexis Dahan, Bob Racine, Tyler Breuer, Alex Frankel (Holy Ghost), Nick Millhiser (Holy Ghost), Nancy Whang (LCD Soundsystem), Jeanette Hayes, Liza Thorn, Michael Avedon, Harry Kargman, Georgia Ford, Heidi Bivins, Harry Mcnally among others.

STEPHANIE IN THE WATER is an intimate new documentary that follows five-time Australian world surfing champion, Stephanie Gilmore. A portrait of one of the most dominant female surfers in history, the film explores how Gilmore navigates the competitive landscape of surfing and being a famous professional athlete under intense pressure to win. Gilmore won her first world championship in 2007 at age 19, winning the first world title as a rookie, becoming the first male or female surfer ever to do so. She went on to win four consecutive times, Gilmore felt untouchable, until she was violently attacked outside of her apartment in December 2010. Stephanie in the Water follows Gilmore after her attack as she asks herself, “What Does It Mean To Win?”

Presented by Bad Wave Productions, Stephanie in the Water was made by a team of mostly female filmmakers, committed to telling the story of a powerful athlete. Directed by Ava Warbrick; edited by Isabel Freeman; and produced by Alicia Van Couvering, Isabel Freeman, Ava Warbrick with associate producer Whitney Gilmore, the film had its world premiere at the Hamptons International Film Festival in 2013.

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All photos by Benjamin Lozovsky/


Ryan Urcla

Diane Pernet

A LEGENDARY FIGURE IN FASHION and a pioneer of blogging, Diane is a respected journalist, critic, curator and talent-hunter based in Paris. During her prolific career, she designed her own successful brand in New York, costume designer, photographer, and filmmaker.