In honor of its 20th Anniversary of theatrical release, I had a fun time participating with Vanity Fair in an oral history with the gang who made Zoolander, the movie. Zoolander was the cinematic capstone on what I thought, at the time, was a (relatively) brief professional diversion into television.
The short story is that for about the first ten years after college I made films. Award-winning, ground-breaking films, like Swoon, Safe, and Kids. Then, I took a job in marketing at the then-Video-Hits-One network, and turned it into VH1, kind of like the channel it still (sort of) resembles. I moved over to programming about two years in. Amongst many other tv shows, we also created the character, Zoolander, for a Fashion Awards show, and then turned it into a feature film. I thought that was a sign that I was going back into film-making. It was the very last thing I delivered under my contract. I had financing for two films lined up to start in October. I left the network on August 31st.. I had a terrific Labor Day weekend and looked forward to my first weeks off in years. The following Tuesday, about five months pregnant, I dropped my two little kids at school, rounded the corner of 8th Avenue, and noticed a plane sticking out of the World Trade Center. It was 2001.
On the personal side, it was a horror show, totally. destabilizing and long-impacting. On the professional side, suffice it to say that the film-financing fell apart and I took a different job. It was a fabulous job in TV that I never could have predicted.
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"Put On The Diamonds:" Notes On Humiliation via Harpers
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