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February 10, 2020
“Always at The Carlyle”
A Matthew Miele Film
A truly special film about an absolute one-of-a-kind classic landmark of Manhattan’s elegant Upper East side, Always at The Carlyle was theatrically released in May 2018. This 89-year old legendary hotel has been revered as a destination for the discerning traveler, as well as a favorite haunt for the most prominent residents of New York City. Fully-authorized by The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel, Writer/Director Matthew Miele (Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s, Crazy About Tiffany’s, and Harry Benson: Shoot First) tells the story of The Carlyle in a feature length documentary. The film was distributed by Good Deed Entertainment.
In production for over three years, “Always at The Carlyle” offers an exclusive and provocative peek into the pop culture history of the renowned hotel. Over 100 personalities, guests and employees were interviewed to discover their best stories and share their unique insight into the legendary address.
Signature personalities featured in the film include Woody Allen, George Clooney, Elaine Stritch, Anjelica Huston, Tommy Lee Jones, Bill Murray, Vera Wang, Anthony Bourdain, Roger Federer, Wes Anderson, Sofia Coppola, Jon Hamm, Lenny Kravitz and Naomi Campbell to name a few. Additionally, staff that are famous in their own right – from Dwight Owsley, one of the adored concierge for 36 years to Tommy Rowles, the well-known Bemelmans bartender for over 50 years – have also shared their experiences about the beloved property.
“It was both a privilege and a passion of mine to be able to gain access to The Carlyle for the intangible draw that's makes it so fascinating,” says director Matthew Miele. “Despite the discretion that I’m proud to say remains intact, the walls might not have talked, but they definitely whispered,” adds Miele.
“We immediately fell in love with Matthew’s film, which so vibrantly brings to life the history contained in the walls of the Carlyle and pays tribute to the experiences of the guests and staff alike, who make this hotel the timeless destination it is,” said Scott Donley, CEO Good Deed Entertainment.
The documentary uncovers the lore of this iconic Manhattan mainstay that prides itself on the utmost discretion and features many loyal patrons to uncover how they define its intangible draw. Additionally, the film highlights tales from the tenured staff, who share their affinity for the hotel, never before told stories, and what is truly behind its legendary service and reputation.
The film is currently streaming on STARZ, iTunes and Amazon Prime.
About Director Matthew Miele:
Following his most recent box office hit, Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s, the 2013 breakthrough documentary about the world-renowned fashion emporium Bergdorf Goodman, Miele directed the officially authorized documentary on the iconic jeweler, Tiffany & Co. entitled Crazy About Tiffany’s, released in 2016. Additionally, Harry Benson: Shoot First!, a feature documentary Miele co-directed, was released to critical acclaim in December 2016. He has just penned the screenplay for the upcoming biopic, ROCKWELL, about America’s most popular artist—Norman Rockwell, and is currently shooting a documentary on beloved filmmaker, Alan J. Pakula
featuring Meryl Streep, Robert Redford, Jane Fonda, Kevin Kline, Steven Soderbergh and Julia Roberts.
About Good Deed Entertainment:
Good Deed Entertainment is a Los Angeles based development, production, and distribution company founded with the goal of creating character driven content for underserved audiences. GDE has produced several feature films including Tomorrow You’re Gone and its distribution slate includes current release, Loving Vincent, along with the upcoming American Folk and Permission. The company is run by CEO & Founder Scott Donley with Kristin Harris overseeing Acquisitions and Distribution.
About The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel:
Situated at the corner of Madison Avenue and 76th Street, The Carlyle has been a classic landmark of Manhattan’s elegant Upper East Side since 1930. Located just one block from Central Park, The Carlyle is a 35-story, 188-room hotel and is surrounded by galleries, designer boutiques and the city’s most popular art museums. The original Art Deco design by Dorothy Draper is blended with the legendary American style of Mark Hampton providing a true home-away-from-home feel. Many of the accommodations have been updated further with a more contemporary flair from designers such as Alexandra Champalimaud and Thierry Despont. Embracing a passion for the arts, pianos grace many of the suites, and most tower rooms have views of Central Park. The Carlyle also is home to the celebrated Café Carlyle, where Bobby Short played to sold out crowds for 36 years, and the famed Bemelmans Bar, with its whimsical hand-painted murals of Central Park. For more information, please visit www.thecarlyle.com or follow the hotel’s social media channels on Instagram and Twitter @TheCarlyleHotel or facebook.com/thecarlylehotel.
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