While the walls at The Carlyle don’t talk, they definitely whisper. Matthew Miele’s Always at The Carlyle brings to life the untold stories of this legendary hotel as heard from the mouths of its own employees and top clientele, including George Clooney, Anjelica Huston, Tommy Lee Jones, Vera Wang, Anthony Bourdain, Roger Federer, Wes Anderson, Sofia Coppola, Jon Hamm, Lenny Kravitz, Naomi Campbell and Elaine Stritch.
For over 87 years, The Carlyle Hotel has been a classic landmark of Manhattan’s elegant Upper East Side. It 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. Writer/Director Matthew Miele (Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s, Harry Benson: Shoot First!) is now telling the story of The Carlyle in a feature-length documentary to be released worldwide in early 2018.
In production for over three years, Always at The Carlyle will offer an exclusive and provocative peek into the pop culture history of the renowned hotel. Over 100 personalities, guests and employees have been interviewed to discover their best stories and share their unique insight into the legendary address.
Signature personalities featured in the film include George Clooney, Anjelica Huston, Tommy Lee Jones, Vera Wang, Anthony Bourdain, Roger Federer, Wes Anderson, Sofia Coppola, Jon Hamm, Lenny Kravitz, Naomi Campbell, and Elaine Stritch to name a few.
Additionally, staff that are famous in their own right – from Dwight Owsley, one of the adored concierges 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 in order to try and define what makes The Carlyle fascinating for so many,” 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.” Although many documentaries focus on a person, an event, a cause, etc., Always at The Carlyle seeks to continue Miele’s fascination with what, how, and when something becomes iconic in the world. Iconic is tough to define until one senses it through personal experience or intimate knowledge, with it normally relating to historical figures, works of art, a popular product, or a storied location. This documentary intends to bring the audience into the singular hotel in the world that has become iconic.