Miami filmmaker Christopher Rapalo’s award-winning fashion documentary Retro Couture is set to screen locally at the fifth annual Key West Film Festival as part the Florida Filmmakers Showcase Official Selection. The film, which was one of 12 submissions chosen out of 300 by 20 Key West screeners, makes its triumphant return to Florida after screening internationally at the Panama Fashion Film Festival and the International Fashion Film Festival Brussels. The film made its world premiere at the 2016 Miami Fashion Film Festival; where it competed alongside 35 submissions and went on to win Best Film “Audience Award”.
“As a filmmaker, I am very excited to continue sharing the history of my city as a fashion mecca through my documentary,” said Christopher Rapalo. “The reception of my film has been incredible not only at home but abroad which makes it that much more rewarding.”
The 20-minute short film explores the world of fashion in Miami as told through five local pioneers in the industry who draw inspiration from vintage pieces, including Keni Valenti, Madeleine Kirsh, Simonett Pereira, Allison Sagehorn and Lauren Arkin, taking you through its journey in becoming the next fashion capitol of the world. Rapalo worked on his debut documentary for over a year, serving as the Director, Videographer and Editor, overseeing all aspects of the various production phases. The film features an original music score by local composer Sam Bierman, as well as archive footage courtesy of The Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Florida Moving Image Archives.
In just a few weeks, on November 22-26, the film will make its South American premiere at the second annual Santiago International Fashion Film Festival as part of the official selection and will be supplemented by Spanish subtitling. This marks the documentary’s fifth appearance in a film festival in under three months, with several other local screenings planned in the coming year.