About this project
As the STANLEY MARCUS Kickstarter campaign successfully closes out today, 1.12.13, we want to thank each and every Backer...THANK YOU!
If you have come across our page after the close and still wish to get involved, don't worry, there is still time. After returning from the European portion of the trip there will be several additional locations the crew will visit; such as, New York City, Los Angeles, Washington DC and Mexico. Not to mention the much anticipated interviews available in Dallas, TX. We encourage you to get involved at any point.
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"All bets are on that the premiere of this little gem will be one of the best-dressed red-carpet moments the city has ever seen." Christina Geyer - FD Luxe
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WHY WE ARE HERE:
We are seeking $20,000 to continue production of the STANLEY MARCUS documentary in Europe. In early 2013, we plan to film interviews with confirmed participants Tai and Rosita Missoni, Wanda Ferragamo, Laudomia Pucci, Hubert de Givenchy and Emanuel Ungaro. These six fashion legends are waiting with open arms to share their personal stories about "Mr. Stanley", the genius behind Neiman Marcus. We believe the inclusion of these International icons will tell the greater story of Stanley Marcus' influence on a global scale.
Mr. Stanley is considered one of the greatest business and artistic minds to come out of Dallas and we want to inspire people with a layered, far reaching story of a life worth living. Due to his unparalleled reputation and the love for him around the world there is potential to film additional European interviews beyond the ones currently planned once the production trip is secured. In order to truly tell this story we will have traveled around the world.
WHO IS STANLEY MARCUS:
Stanley Marcus is remembered as a prince of retail but he was also an extraordinary civic force and humanitarian. Mr. Stanley, as he was affectionately called, is credited as the first American retailer to hire an African-American model, one of the first business owners to desegregate a Dallas-based restaurant, the store's famed Zodiac Room, and an active voice in local and national political spectrums.
As an author and publisher, Mr. Stanley expertly employed the written word to spread his views. He never shied away from controversy and even used an award acceptance speech from the Advertising Hall of Fame to denounce the direction of advertisements toward inappropriate and explicit content.
As an activist he served on the World War II War Production Board and helped save the cotton industry in America during war-induced shortage. The French Legion of Honor, the highest award for a non-French citizen, for services provided to the fashion industry, The New York Fashion Designers Annual Award, The Neiman Marcus Award for Distinguished Service in the Field of Fashion and the Star of Italian Solidarity are a fraction of the honors, awards and recognition Mr. Stanley received in his 96-year lifespan.
Mr. Stanley was a collector, partron and lover of the arts. He inspired many to begin their own collections and played a major part in developing the Dallas Arts District into the beautiful center it is today. He was instrumental in securing I.M. Pei as architect for the district's world-renowned Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center.
More than 2,000 people from around the world attended Mr. Stanley’s memorial service after his passing in 2002. He touched, and in many cases significantly influenced, a myriad of lives as he traveled the world in search of the finest quality products to be incorporated into the Neiman Marcus enterprise.
This story is more than a fashion documentary and will be a reference to the life worth living. Mr. Stanley was a visionary; his entrepreneurial spirit lives on today through the practices, quotes and attitudes he brought to this world. Board rooms around the world are named after him, CEO's, executives and sales managers quote him to their staff to this day and names became brands due to his ingenuity and desire to be surrounded by successful people.
Additional Confirmed interviews:
1. Oscar de la Renta 2. Judith Leiber 3. James Galanos 4. Sharen Turney 5. Grace Mirabella 6. Jim Lehrer 7. Karen Katz 8. Mary Ralph Lowe 9. Crawford Brock 10. Mary McFadden 11. Marcus family members 12. Jack Lenor Larsen 13. Pamela Fiori 14. Joel Grey 15. Neiman Marcus past and present associates
1. Lawrence Marcus 2. Richard Marcus 3. Ebby Halliday 4. Margaret McDermott 5. Thomas E. Alexander 6. Ted Strauss 7. Liener Temerlin 8. Roger Horchow 9. Philip Miller 10. Carolina Herrera 11. Leonard Lauder 12. Harry Parker 13. Massimo Ferragamo 14. Jean Mahie 15. Amy Fine Collins 16. Joe Cicio 17. Ira Neimark 18. Burt Tansky 19. Bill Brobston 20. Terry Lundgren
In addition, every $2,000 - $5,000 in funds over and above our goal results in one (1) additional day of shooting. Crew costs are typically the largest expense to any filmmaker. Your support offers us the opportunity to bring on the best possible crew in order to deliver the highest quality film. Please help spread the message by contributing to our Kickstarter campaign and truly backing something with potential to inspire the next great designer, artist, writer or architect amongst other great roles.
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The holiday time of year is quickly approaching. Time gets stretched as we near December 31st. However, as many people think about shopping, gifts and unique ideas this Kickstarter campaign offers great incentives to offer to companions that love fashion, shopping, human rights efforts or knew of and admired STANLEY MARCUS.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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