Film producer, director and Chilmark resident Arnie Reisman will show and discuss his newest film, The Powder & the Glory, at the Martha’s Vineyard Museum this Saturday, March 7. The showing will celebrate the opening of the museum’s new exhibit, Voices of Vineyard Women.
The Powder & the Glory, airing nationally on PBS on March 23, tells the story of two highly successful early female entrepreneurs in America, Elizabeth Arden and Helena Rubinstein. One hundred years ago, both women immigrated to the United States and, starting with next to nothing, created what is today the $150 billion global health and beauty industry.
Their competing companies defined the business of beauty, making cosmetics both newly respectable and, finally, indispensable. Along the way they developed many advertising and marketing techniques that became part of the business landscape, and they themselves became household names, cultural icons, and two of the world’s wealthiest women.
And although they lived and worked only blocks apart in New York for over 50 years, the two women, by design, never met!
Arnie Reisman and his co-producer Ann Carol Grossman spent the past four years researching the history of these compelling women in interviews with everyone from the late Kitty Carlisle Hart to people with Vineyard connections such as Rosabeth Moss Kantor and former model Twiggy.
The Power & The Glory Film and Reception with Director Arnie Reisman screens Saturday at the Martha’s Vineyard Museum, 59 School Street, Edgartown at 6 p.m. Cost is $12. Seating is limited; reservations are suggested. Call 508-627-4441.