By Shaina Moskowitz
Distinguished guest Hillary Clinton joined a star studded crowd at the Museum of Modern Art on Tuesday Nov. 12 for the premiere of "White Gold," a short documentary that examines the illegal ivory trade. Notable attendees included Christie Brinkley, Sigourney Weaver, Iman, Meredith Viera, David Schwimmer, Heather Matarazzo, artist Chuck Close, designers Stacey Bendet and Cynthia Rowley, Lawrence O'DonnellZoe Buckman, Kyleigh Kuhn, Jess Weixler, Albert Maysles, Hanneli Mustaparta, Veronica Varekova, Tara Subkoff, Zani Gugelmann, Aimee Ruby, Mia Moretti and Chris Benz.
Directed by famed environmentalist/cinematographer Simon Trevor and produced by Pace Gallery founder Arne Glimcher, "White Gold" tells the devastating story behind the illegal ivory trade across continents. Trevor and Glimcher hope the film will bring awareness of the dire situation, which threatens the entire African elephant population. The film, which was narrated by Clinton, will also be distributed in China, which is currently responsible for 75 percent of illegal ivory purchases.
For Glimcher and Trevor, who are on the board of the African Environmental Film Foundation, "White Gold" was a departure from their previous films, which sought to educate solely the African community rather than an international one.
"The elephant slaughter is one of the most pressing issues today," Glimcher told us. "There's a potential for funding terrorism from it, there's a huge market in China, and there's a possible extinction of the elephants. We've made this international film to stop the consumer from buying ivory."
Still Glimcher knows it's no small task. "It's something big," he said. "I think we're going to stop the consumption of ivory by campaigning this film all through Asia, and making them aware and hopefully bringing this issue to the forefront of the conversation." More....