Dallas Short Film About Neiman Marcus Legend Stanley Marcus Premieres and is Nominated for Best Documentary at La Jolla International Fashion Film Festival
July 11, 2018, DALLAS, TX: A short film that highlights the extraordinary achievements of pioneering merchant Stanley Marcus will premiere and has been nominated for best documentary at California’s 2018 La Jolla International Fashion Film Festival.
In MR. STANLEY: THE MERCHANT PRINCE, Dallas-based filmmakers Mike Mullins and Miles Hargrove, along with producers Melina McKinnon Cain and Jason Cirone, chronicle the life of the man who not only changed the face of luxury retailing with Neiman Marcus but also transformed Dallas from a rough-and-tumble cotton market town into a mecca of high fashion. The premiere of the film will screen at La Jolla IFFF on July 21, 2018. The film is executive produced by Thomas E. Alexander, Arthur E. Benjamin, Michael Cain, Sheri Deterling and John Haden, with associate producers Allan McBee and Ashley Akin Pearl.
MR STANLEY: THE MERCHANT PRINCE is a moving portrait of the visionary man behind “the store,” a colorful, multi-faceted personality whose genius helped create the ultimate retail experience. Set amongst glimpses of celebrities, the fabled Fortnight extravaganzas and "Mr. Stanley's" eye for luxury, the film includes images from the vast reservoir of Marcus archives housed in SMU's DeGolyer Library and rare footage the UNT Libraries Special Collections.
Labeled "America’s Merchant Prince" and "The Melancholy Plato of Retailing," Stanley Marcus achieved international recognition as an arbiter of taste, yet he was also known for conspicuously seeking a culture of inclusion evidenced by his hiring practices, philanthropy, international perspective and community leadership. In the 1960’s Marcus was adamant that his company needed to take action to promote racial equality and as a result Neiman Marcus was one of the first companies in the nation to give preference to purchasing from those who employed and trained significant numbers of minority employees.
“There have been films made about fashion greats such as Valentino, Dior, Lagerfeld, Diana Vreeland and Bill Cunningham, but none that features a larger than life retailer who was called Dallas’ most internationally famous citizen,” said director Mike Mullins. “I have had the good fortune of knowing the Marcus family for many years and his is a story that demands telling – not only on the page, but on the screen. We are thrilled that the short film has been recognized in this way.”
The feature film includes interviews with among many others, fashion icons Mrs. Salvatore Ferragamo (Wanda), Pierre Bergé, Rosita Missoni, Laudomia Pucci, Leonard Lauder, Carolina Herrera, Hubert de Givenchy, Emanuel Ungaro, Simon Xavier Guerrand-Hermés, Lawrence Marcus and beloved Dallas philanthropists Margaret McDermott and Ebby Halliday.
M3 Films gratefully acknowledges the invaluable support of Leslie Caron and Garza & Harris, Ltd., Lufthansa Airlines and Freeman Leonard for helping make the short film possible. We also extend our sincere gratitude to our Kickstarter supporters for their longstanding support.
Following the premiere of the short at La Jolla IFFF, the goal for the filmmaking team is to raise final funds to complete a feature-length documentary. For more information on MR. STANLEY: THE MERCHANT PRINCE, please contact Melina McKinnon Cain at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.m3filmsllc.com.
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