One of New York City’s busiest twentysomethings, Tavi Gevinson has gotten used to wearing multiple hats. After gaining recognition in her tweens as an influential style blogger, she founded the online magazine Rookie, which has become an important platform for young women writers, at the age of fifteen. And she has laid the foundation for an acting career with roles in the Broadway production of Kenneth Lonergan’s This Is Our Youth and Dustin Guy Defa’s debut feature Person to Person. All the while, she’s maintained an omnivorous appetite for the arts, including cinema, a passion that brought her to our office earlier this year. Having heard that she was a fan of Sofia Coppola’s The Virgin Suicides—a film that, despite being set in the 1970s and having been made nearly two decades ago, continues to be a touchstone for young movie lovers and artists like Gevinson—we invited her to record a supplemental feature for our release of the movie. Then, as a thank you, we brought her to the closet, where she told us about writing her college application essay on Holly Hunter’s performance in Broadcast News and recently talking with Geremy Jasper about 8½,which the director watched for months on end in preparation for his film Patti Cake$. Among the old favorites she chose from the closet: Election, Valerie and Her Week of Wonders and A Whit Stillman Trilogy. And she grabbed some things she’s never seen too, including Dressed to Kill and Fox and His Friends. Watch for yourself.
Leslie Harris’s Closet Picks
With her groundbreaking debut film, Just Another Girl on the I.R.T., now on the Criterion Channel, the director stopped by to talk about the movies that loom large in her personal canon.