OFFICIAL SELECTION OF THE 2016 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL
THE FIRST MONDAY IN MAY
A Fashionable, Unprecedented Look Behind The Scenes Of
The Famed Met Gala Arrives On DVD And Digital HD
August 2 From Magnolia Home Entertainment
“Catnip to fashionistas. Emotionally rich, entertainingly dishy.”
− The Hollywood Reporter
“It’s a smart, illuminating look behind the curtain at one of New York’s greatest institutions and the fascinating mechanics that make it tick.”
“A brilliant documentary. As sumptuous as its subject.”
– The Daily Beast
LOS ANGELES – Experience a rarely seen peek behind-the-scenes of the ultra exclusive Met Gala in THE FIRST MONDAY IN MAY. Centering on the celebrated event taking place annually at New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City the “ticket into the fashion event of the year” (Screen) arrives on DVD and Digital HD on August 2 from Magnolia Home Entertainment. Directed by acclaimed documentarian, Andrew Rossi (Page One: Inside The New York Times), THE FIRST MONDAY IN MAY depicts the “fasion world’s equivalent of the Super Bowl” (Vogue), highlighting the Costume Institute and its revolutionary curator, Andrew Bolton.
THE FIRST MONDAY IN MAY proves to be a fashion film not meant to be missed, follow Bolton and Gala co-chair and Vogue editor-in-chief, Anna Wintour during the crucial eight months before the show’s debut, as they travel from New York to Paris to Beijing to build support for their audacious endeavor. Revealing a fascinating look at the creation of The Met’s “China: Through the Looking Glass” exhibition, an exploration of Chinese-inspired Western fashions, the film explores how the gala continues to inspire high fashion, art, and culture. Diving into the debate of whether to view fashion as art, THE FIRST MONDAY IN MAY celebrates creativity for viewers and truly brings fashion to life. Rossi speaks with renowned creators including including filmmaker Wong Kar-Wai as well as preeminent fashion designers Karl Lagerfeld, Jean Paul Gaultier, Guo Pei and John Galliano to provide insights on the relationship between art, craft and commerce. The blockbuster fundraiser, which raises enough money to operate the Metropolitan Museum of Art for an entire year, functions as the Met Gala’s annual collision of haute couture and celebrity, where Hollywood stars including Kate Hudson, George Clooney, Julianne Moore, Jennifer Lawrence, Gong Li, and Lady Gaga rub shoulders with Alicia Keyes, Kim Kardashian, Kanye West, Justin Bieber, Michael Bloomberg and contemporary pop icon Rihanna, who brings down the house with a stunning live performance.
Special features for THE FIRST MONDAY IN MAY include compelling deleted scenes, an exclusive interview with director Andrew Rossi and the theatrical trailer. The DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $26.98, respectively.
The First Monday in May follows the creation of The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s most attended fashion exhibition in history, “China: Through The Looking Glass,” an exploration of Chinese-inspired Western fashions by Costume Institute curator Andrew Bolton. With unprecedented access, filmmaker Andrew Rossi (Page One: Inside The New York Times) captures the collision of high fashion and celebrity at the Met Gala, one of the biggest global fashion events chaired every year by Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour. Featuring a cast of renowned artists in various fields (including filmmaker Wong Kar Wai and iconic fashion designers Karl Lagerfeld, Jean Paul Gaultier and John Galliano), as well as a host of contemporary pop icons like Rihanna, the movie dives into the debate about whether fashion should be viewed as art.
- Deleted Scenes
- Interview with Director Andrew Rossi
- Theatrical Trailer
DVD Price: $26.98
Street Date: August 2, 2016
Running Time: 92 min
About Magnolia Home Entertainment
Magnolia Home Entertainment is the home video distribution division of Magnolia Pictures, which are part of the Wagner/Cuban Companies: a vertically-integrated group of media properties co-owned by Todd Wagner and Mark Cuban that also includes the Landmark Theatres chain, HDNet Films and 2929 Productions, alongside high-definition cable networks HDNet Movies and AXS TV. Launched in November 2005, the company releases a diversified slate of films both under Magnolia Home Entertainment and its genre-focused label, Magnet. Previous releases include the Academy Award® winning documentary Man On Wire, Lars Von Trier’s Melancholia, Academy Award nominated documentary Food, Inc., Swedish Oscar selection and Golden Globe® nominee Force Majeure, acclaimed documentary Life Itself, Susanne Bier’s Serena starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, and music documentary Marley. For more information visit www.magpictures.com.