Actors, Artists Honor Chinese Dissident Ai Weiwei at Documentary Premiere

By Lisa Marsh on July 25, 2012 8:19am 

CHELSEA — Some of New York's biggest art-world stars turned out to support one of their own Tuesday night.

Artists Dustin Yellin, Peter Tunney and Todd DiCiurcio joined actress Susan Sarandon for a documentary screening of "Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry," director and journalist Alison Klayman's portrait of the dissident Chinese artist.

In the film, which focuses on the contemporary artist who has come under heavy fire in his home country for criticizing Chinese politics, the director shows how authorities have beat him up, bulldozed his newly built studio and held him in secret detention. Yet he's nonetheless succeeded in organizing people through his art.

The film had its New York premiere at the Chelsea Clearview Cinema, and drew everyone from artists to actors and models..

Others attending this screening and the after-party at Double 7 in the Meatpacking District included Aleksa Palladino of "Boadwalk Empire", Savannah Wise of "Smash" and models Lindsey Wixon, Lauren Marshall, Donnet Dumas and Shamone Jardim.

Photos courtesy of PatrickMcMullan.com.

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