The Buzz Of Cannes Comes To New York

September 07, 1995

The New York City premier of Gus Van Sant's new movie, To Die For, will benefit the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF) -- a progressive organization that has supported grassroots organizing and national advocacy since 1973. The dinner, movie premier, party and dance will all be held on Tuesday, September 26.


To Die For is a black comedy that paints a hip portrait of America as seen through the eyes of a woman whose warped view of reality and naive ambition to become a TV personality land her in very cold water. Directed by Gus Van Sant (My Own Private Idaho, Drugstore Cowboy), produced by Laura Ziskind (Pretty Woman, No Way Out), and written by Buck Henry (Catch 22, The Graduate), the film stars Nicole Kidman, Matt Dillon, and Joaquin Phoenix.

The film was the "buzz" of the Cannes Film Festival this year. In the Los Angeles Times, Kenneth Turan called To Die For "a wicked and witty black comedy..." Janet Maslin in the New York Times called To Die For a "sharp and gleeful satire." "A big French kiss for Van Sant and his movie To Die For," said the New York Post.


Tuesday, September 26

6 pm: Cocktails with Gus Van Sant, Flamingo East, 219 Second Avenue
7 pm: Dinner with Gus Van Sant, performance by Joey Arias, Flamingo East
9 pm: Screening of To Die For, Sony Village Cinema, 3rd Avenue at 11th Street
10:30 pm: Party and Dancing, hosted by Julie Tolentino and Chip Duckett, L'udo, 432 Lafayette Street

The benefit is co-chaired by NGLTF Board Member Catherine Saalfield and Gordon VeneKlasen, with a host committee featuring cultural and political luminaries such as Jenny Shimizu, Isaac Mizrahi, Deborah Glick, Nona Hendryx, Brice Marden, Katherine Acey, Parker Posey, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Todd Haynes, Ingrid Sischy, Alexander Gray, Urvashi Vaid, Todd Oldham, Ross Bleckner, Bruce Roberts, Linda Villarosa, Rose Troche and Guinevere Turner. Flamingo East, L'udo, Sony, Campari and Stolichnaya are sponsors of the events.


The mission of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is to build the political power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community from the ground up. We do this by training activists, organizing broad-based campaigns to defeat anti-LGBT referenda and advance pro-LGBT legislation, and by building the organizational capacity of our movement. Our Policy Institute, the movement’s premier think tank, provides research and policy analysis to support the struggle for complete equality and to counter right-wing lies. As part of a broader social justice movement, we work to create a nation that respects the diversity of human expression and identity and creates opportunity for all. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., we also have offices in New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis and Cambridge.