Hamptons DOC FEST

Bay Street Theater, 1 Bay Street, Sag Harbor


Sunday, December 8, 2019


4:00 pm





Sag Harbor Cinema & Hamptons Doc Fest present VERY RALPH, directed by Susan Lacy at the 12th Annual Hamptons Doc Fest, December 8th, 4pm at Bay Street Theater

November 12, 2019

Contact: Stephen Hamilton,, 516.816.2215

Sag Harbor Cinema, in collaboration with Hamptons Doc Fest, presents Very Ralph, directed by Susan Lacy at the 12th Annual Hamptons Doc Fest, December 8th, 4pm at Bay Street Theater.

Conversation following the screening with Susan Lacy and filmmaker Barbara Kopple. Optional dinner at Tutto il Giorno in Sag Harbor at 6:00pm. Mr. Lauren will be in attendance at the screening and at Tutto il Giorno.

With an uncanny ability to turn his dreams into reality, Ralph Lauren has built a multi-billion-dollar, global powerhouse out of his aspirations, becoming a living embodiment of American optimism and the American Dream.  For more than 50 years, he has celebrated the iconography of America and defined American style, translating his vision and inspiration into one of the world’s most widely recognized brands. In Very Ralph, as he enters his sixth decade in business, Lauren reflects on his journey from a boy from the Bronx who didn’t know what a fashion designer was, to becoming the emblem of American style all around the world.

Offering unprecedented access to his life and work, Ralph Lauren speaks candidly in Very Ralph about his childhood, his five-decade-long marriage and the early days of his company. His pioneering vision gave rise to a remarkable series of firsts:  He was the first designer to create and market a complete lifestyle brand and expand into home furnishings, one of the first to champion diversity on the runway and in advertising, and the first to create immersive retail environments that transformed the shopping experience.

“Ralph, like many kids growing up in the 40’s and 50’s, went to the movies every Saturday. There he met his heroes – Cary Grant, Fred Astaire, Humphrey Bogart, John Wayne— and saw worlds far removed from his Bronx neighborhood.”, says director/producer Susan Lacy.  “Invented by the Hollywood moguls of the 30’s and 40’s who emigrated here and were, like Ralph, not to the manor born, these visions of America – the glamor, the adventure, the open spaces – fueled his dreams. And he built an empire on it.  As Paul Goldberger has astutely observed, “No one other than Walt Disney has persuaded so many to buy into his personal fantasies.”

Very Ralph also features vivid archives from 50 years of the fashion brand, as well as intimate, revealing interviews with Lauren’s family, long-standing colleagues and other notables, including Anna Wintour, Karl Lagerfeld, André Leon Talley, Hillary Clinton, Robin Givhan, Jason Wu, Naomi Campbell, Martha Stewart, Calvin Klein, Tyson Beckford, Tina Brown, Diane von Furstenberg, Jessica Chastain, Vanessa Friedman and Paul Goldberger.

Susan Lacy, the creator and former executive producer of the celebrated WNET series “American Masters,” has won countless Emmy®, Peabody and other industry awards and has produced and directed a broad library of acclaimed films exploring the lives of America’s most enduring cultural icons. Her previous HBO documentaries include the Emmy®nominee “Spielberg,” which debuted in 2017 and “Jane Fonda in Five Acts,” which debuted in 2018.

HBO Documentary Films presents Very Ralph, a Pentimento production; produced and directed by Susan Lacy. Produced by Emma Pildes and Jessica Levin.  Executive Producer, Graydon Carter.

The screening and conversation will take place on Sunday, December 4, 4m, at Bay Street Theater (1 Bay Street, Sag Harbor, 11963). Tickets are $15, and can be purchased online  at   Tickets for the screening and dinner at Tutto il Giorno are  $150 and can be purchased online at

To purchase tickets for the screening by phone, contact the Bay Street Box office at 631-725-9500, or visit Tuesday to Sundays, 11 am to 5pm daily.

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