Featuring his sixteen-minute documentary film, at the Tribeca Grand Hotel this past Saturday, was actor and filmmaker David Henry Gerson. Inspired to capture the life of Ultra Violet—mistress and muse to Salvador Dali and Andy Warhol superstar, while living out in a hut he’d built for himself in a Williamsburg backyard, Gerson’s film is both wildly captivating and delicately revealing.
“I am very interested in the relationship between religion and art in the current times,” he explained. Exotically depicting the bourgeois French heiress, born Isabelle Collin Dufresne in 1935, the film reminisces on her development as an artist, muse and lover in Paris and New York. “She was one to caress her body in golden lobsters, and ate chocolate covered ants in the south of France,” Gerson reveals.