"I Knew Andy Warhol"

A series of interviews with artists, photographers and factory superstars who worked with and socialized with Andy Warhol. Featuring artists Chuck Arnoldi, Peter Alexander, Don Bachardy, Michael Childers, Ed Ruscha as well as Warhol discoveries Udo Kier and superstar Cherry Vanilla.

  • Marc Saltarelli
    Director
    "Remember To Breathe" "Speak" "To Comfort You"
  • Michael Childers
    Producer
    "Midnight Cowboy" "Falcon and The Snowman"
  • Marc Saltarelli
    Producer
  • Peter Alexander
    Key Cast
  • Charles Arnoldi
    Key Cast
  • Cherry Vanilla
    Key Cast
  • Edward Ruscha
    Key Cast
  • Udo Kier
    Key Cast
  • Don Bachardy
    Key Cast
  • Michael Childers
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Genres:
    Art, Warhol, LGBT
  • Runtime:
    19 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    February 1, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    1,200 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, HD
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    February 15, 2019
    Best Short Documentary
  • Palm Springs Art Museum
    Palm Springs
    United States
    February 1, 2018
    YES
    Screened for 3 months as part of the Warhol Exhibition
Director Biography - Marc Saltarelli

Marc Saltarelli is an award-winning director with both narrative and documentary credits. He has directed seven narrative films that have screened collectively in over 250 major film festivals worldwide, including OutFest Los Angeles, Palm Springs ShortFest, Hollywood Film Festival, BFI London, Barcelona and Mumbai Film Festivals. The films were acquired for domestic television on MTV Networks (Logo) and internationally on Canal + Television. Marc's film WHERE WE BEGAN was honored at the PlanetOut Short Movie Awards brunch held at the Sundance Film Festival. Three of his films were Official Selections of the BFI London LGBT Film Festival and screened in the National Film Theater in London.
TO COMFORT YOU, starring Pauley Perrette (NCIS) and Susan Blakely (This Is Us) won best picture and best drama awards at the Beverly Hills Shortfest. Pauley and Susan shared best actress as well.
In 2018, Marc directed, shot and edited I KNEW ANDY WARHOL, a documentary featuring interviews with artists and contemporaries of icon Andy Warhol. Artist Ed Ruscha, photographer Michael Childers, actor Udo Kier and Warhol superstar Cherry Vanilla were among the particpants. The film was part of the Warhol exhibit at Palm Springs Art Museum.
REMEMBER TO BREATHE, starring Lee Meriwether, Susan Blakely and Leigh Ann Larkin ("A Little Night Music") earned five BEST PICTURE nominations worldwide including Barcelona and Mumbai LGBT Festivals. Lee Meriwether ("Batman") was honored with the Spotlight Performance Award for her role as forgotten musical legend Alice Martin at the Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival.
Marc has a film degree from Loyola Marymount University with graduate work in directing from USC School of Cinematic Arts.

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Reviews for "I Knew Andy Warhol"
"Michael Childers gets into the atmosphere of The Factory in such insider ways, I saw a new perspective to Andy’s world from his film.”
Gus Van Sant, Oscar winner for THE LIFE AND TIMES OF HARVEY MILK and GOOD WILL HUNTING

“Michael Childers and Marc Saltarelli’s I knew Andy Warhol presents an intimate portrait of the artist by weaving together the on-camera observations of artists who knew and admired him. Childers, a master raconteur and eyewitness to have large swathes of art and Hollywood history, has unparalleled access to the generation of art stars who were influenced by the most
important American artist of the 20th century. It’s a privileged point-of-view on an enigmatic genius, whose relevance only grows year in and year out.”
Matt Tyrnauer, contributing editor of Vanity Fair Magazine and Oscar winning director of documentary VALENTINO: THE LAST EMPEROR

“They were all Warhol, indeed. This wonderful short film casts new light on some of the stars in Andy’s orbit—the voices that helped to build the mythology surrounding one of the greatest artists to ever live. Their stories and insights are from the heart and delightful to experience.”
Eric Shiner, former director of The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh

“The Michael Childers produced short film “I Knew Andy Warhol” is in and of itself a genuine work of Art. Only Michael could have wrangled this crew of artists and intellectuals, like Chuck Arnoldi, Udo Kier, Ed Ruscha and Michael Childers himself together with Cherry Vanilla representing the demi-monde. Michael & Marc Saltarelli perfectly captured the mood of the jeunesse d’oree of Seventies NY with the decadence, putrefaction and the glamor of its’ Baudelarian “Fleurs du Mal” atmosphere. Andy’s deification and objectification of the quotidian and ordinary is brilliantly on display in this finely made, evocative history of an era like no other.”
Howard Rosenman, film producer CALL ME BY YOUR NAME