High-profile women look back on life in "Tanner Hall"

Fri Sep 9, 2011 8:31pm EDT
 
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By Zorianna Kit

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Tatiana von Furstenberg and Francesca Gregorini may be first-time filmmakers telling a tale of growing up as privileged kids at boarding school, but their backgrounds suggest they know what they are talking about.

Von Furstenberg, daughter of fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg, and Gregorini, daughter of actress Barbara Bach and stepdaughter of Beatles drummer Ringo Starr, met at Brown University and have been inseparable ever since.

Now the two have co-written and directed "Tanner Hall," a coming-of-age tale of two girls learning about life, love and friendship in theaters on Friday. Filmed in 2008, the ensemble cast stars Mara Rooney, who went on to star in "The Social Network" and the upcoming "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo."

Von Furstenberg, 40, and Gregorini, 43, sat down with Reuters to talk about the film, their friendship and growing up with famous parents.

Q: Why set "Tanner Hall" at a boarding school?

Von Furstenberg: "Adolescence is about emerging into adulthood but still being dense with childhood. Francesca and I met during adolescence, so many of our stories went to that."

Gregorini: "All the characters are composites of ourselves and experiences we've had or heard about at boarding school."

Q: One of the characters is conflicted about her sexuality. Francesca, as a lesbian, was this important to include?   Continued...