“The Queen of Versailles” will be screened as part of the Woods Hole Film Festival Winter Film Series Dinner & a Movie on Friday, December 7 at the Waterfront Dining Room at the Cap’n Kidd Restaurant, 77 Water Street, Woods Hole. The series will continue with a screening of the multi-award-winning documentary THE QUEEN OF VERSAILLES by Lauren Greenfield.
For $25 Dinner is served from 5:30 PM and the screening begins at approximately 7:30 PM. Reservations are required. Call (508) 548-8563 to reserve your table. For more information about Dinner & a Movie, contact the Woods Hole Film Festival at (508) 495-3456 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The schedule is posted online at www.woodsholefilmfestival.org.
In 2008, the Siegel family was at the top of its game, with the wealthy and politically influential David Siegel running the successful Westgate Resorts time-share business. To enjoy their good life, he and his wife, Jackie, were building what was to be the largest single family private home in the United States. Suddenly, and simultaneously, the US economy and the Westgate Resorts were rocked by the devastating sub-prime mortgage collapse.
With the epic dimensions of a Shakespearean tragedy, THE QUEEN OF VERSAILLES follows billionaires Jackie and David’s rags-to-riches story to uncover the innate virtues and flaws of the American dream. We open on the triumphant construction of the biggest house in America, a sprawling, 90,000-square-foot mansion inspired by Versailles. Since a booming time-share business built on the real-estate bubble is financing it, the economic crisis brings progress to a halt and seals the fate of its owners. We witness the impact of this turn of fortune over the next two years in a riveting film fraught with delusion, denial, and self-effacing humor.
Acclaimed documentary photographer/filmmaker, Lauren Greenfield, 2012 Woods Hole Film Festival Filmmaker in Residence, is considered a preeminent chronicler of youth culture, gender and consumerism, as a result of her monographs “Girl Culture,” “Fast Forward,” “THIN” and other photographic works, which have been widely published, exhibited, and collected by leading museums around the world.
Her latest feature-length documentary film, “The Queen of Versailles” was selected as the Opening Night film of Sundance 2012 where it garnered critical acclaim and won the Best Director Award in the U.S. Documentary Competition.
In addition to “The Queen of Versailles,” Lauren has previously directed three award-winning documentary films – “THIN,” “kids + money,” and “Beauty CULTure.” "THIN" was selected for the Official Competition at Sundance in 2006, was nominated for an Emmy for Best Direction, and received the prestigious John Grierson Award for Best Documentary at the London Film Festival in 2006. "kids + money,” also selected for the Official Shorts Program at Sundance 2008, won several Best Doc Awards (AFI, Ann Arbor, Gold Hugo), and was selected as one of the top five nonfiction shorts in the world by Cinema Eye Honors 2009. "Beauty CULTure" will have its festival premiere in April, 2012 at the Tribeca Film Festival. It was the featured documentary of the record-setting exhibition at the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles (Summer 2011), which received the Lucie Award for Exhibition of the Year (2011).
American Photo named Lauren one of the 25 most influential photographers working today. Her work was recently showcased in the Getty Museum’s historical exhibition, “Engaged Observers: Documentary Photography Since the Sixties” (2010).