NOTHING LEFT UNSAID: Gloria Vanderbilt and Anderson Cooper traces the life of heiress, artist and mother Gloria Vanderbilt. Director Liz Garbus shares a clip from the film, trailer and details Gloria’s struggle to fulfill the dream of the “white picket fence”. Garbus shares insight into why Anderson Cooper wanted to make a film about his mother while discussing Gloria’s family life, loss and regrets in this episode of BYOD hosted by Ondi Timoner.
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Privilege, love, loss, and survival are all deftly examined in Nothing Left Unsaid, which turns a lens on the expansive life of Gloria Vanderbilt. At 91, Vanderbilt herself provides a rich living history on the experience of growing up within a storied American family. Her youngest son, Anderson Cooper, peppers his still-vibrant mother on camera with questions about her complex public and private personas.Ms. Vanderbilt recounts how, as a young girl, she was raised by a nurse who she adored and was later involved in a highly publicized custody battle. While in prep school, she traveled to Hollywood and soon found herself married to an older man. From then on, her life revolved around a series of famous suitors, her children, an acting career, and eventually a successful fashion business. Yet all the while, she quietly created art that revealed themes most resonant to her. Veteran director Liz Garbus delicately weaves archival footage and home movies that supply the backdrop to Vanderbilt’s stories of a rich, yet complicated life.
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Liz Garbus is a documentary film director and producer. Her 2011 film, Bobby Fischer Against the World, opened the documentary section of that year’s Sundance Film Festival, reserved for master American documentary filmmakers. The same year she was nominated a second time for an Academy Award, for her film Killing in the Name, which she produced with her producing partner Rory Kennedy. Garbus’ 2012 film, Love, Marilyn, internationally opened as a Gala Premiere at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival and aired on HBO summer of 2013.
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BYOD Short Clips Playlist:
00:01 Welcoming Liz Garbus back to BYOD.
00:34 Getting involved in the project.
03:03 Gloria Vanderbilt’s marriage.
04:45 Opening the film & Gloria’s art.
6:00 NOTHING LEFT UNSAID Clip, Gloria’s paintings.
07:08 The custody trial.
09:10 Gloria’s dreams and second husband.
11:45 Gloria’s regrets, Wyatt Cooper & Gloria’s mother.
14:20 Gloria’s money.
16:09 The Vanderbilts & money.
17:48 Wyatt Cooper & Carter’s mental illness.
22:40 Tragedy and loss.
24:29 Anderson Cooper’s response to the film.
25:29 The graveyard and death.
27:22 Ending with “On Beauty”.
28:44 Thank you and goodbye.
28:57 NOTHING LEFT UNSAID Trailer.