On Tuesday April 22, 2014, Jan Wenner, co-founder and publisher of Rolling Stone alongside Sony Pictures Classics hosted a special screening of the documentary "For No Good Reason" about the life of the last of the original Gonzo visionaries, artist and cartoonist Ralph Steadman. The film showed the journey of Steadman, from the beginning of his career in New York as a photographer to then becoming the artist that he is today, by showing his creative mind and idealistic views of life through his art.
Director Charlie Paul and producer Lucy Paul are the creative team behind the film. It gives you great conversations between actor Johnny Depp and Ralph Steadman about his journey and the connection between life and art through the eyes of this seminal British artist. The film’s cinematography, animation, typography and music are outstanding and made this documentary an amazing experience. The film is insightful, humorous, and visually stunning. It's a study of honesty, friendship, passion and the ambition that drives this amazing artist.
"Cartooning meant more to me than just making funny pictures. It meant changing things for the better, " Ralph said. Notables in attendance included Vikram Chatwal, Lyor Cohen, Will Cotton, Sante D’Orazio, Paz De La Huerta, Kyle DeWoody, Lenay Dunn, Griffin Dunne, Dan Fogler, Tom Freston, Douglas Friedman, Hailey Gates, Bob Gruen, Hugo Guiness, Andrew Jenks, Jeremy Kost, Lily Lane, Natasha Lyonne, Jay Mclnerny, Teresa Moore, Stavros Niarchos, Leven Rambin, Norman Reedus, Paige Reifler, Sydney Reising, Tom Sachs, Paul Shaffer, Tony Shafrazi, Ashley Smith, Danielle and Jodie Snyder, Noel Wells, Tom Wolfe and many more. The after-party continued at Red Bull Studios.
"For No Good Reason" opens up on April 25 and it’s something that everybody should watch.
Miguel Riebman contributed reporting.