Adrian Grenier is returning a big favor.
The former Entourage star will present a free screening at 7 p.m. Saturday of his 2010 documentary, Teenage Paparazzo, at YoungArts Foundation’s new headquarters, formerly the Bacardi building.
As a teen, the New Yorker got his start at YoungArts, which helps up and comers in the industry with amazing opportunities, scholarships and real-life experiences.
Grenier’s film follows his relationship with a then 14-year–old paparazzo ( Austin Visschedyk) and looks at the consequences of celebrity obsession. It costars such ever-ending flashbulb targets as Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with Grenier, Christian Slater, Miami Herald gossip columnist Lesley Abravanel and local paparazzo Seth Browarnik.
The visit marks Grenier’s first time to Art Basel. “I’m really excited to be part of the hoopla,” said the New Mexico native, who is inspired by directors Orson Welles and Werner Herzog. “I also want to use this film as an educational tool, to put a perspective on expression.”
Grenier knew Hilton would be a perfect fit for the movie. “Of course I reached out to her. She’s the mother of the modern media tabloid experience. You gotta pay homage!” he said, adding, “I always thought Andy Warhol would have been proud of the way she uses the medium to express herself in such a postmodern, performative way.”
For all his fame, Grenier still craves anonymity. “I sort of recognize my role in the public eye. I chose this profession, but in L.A. it’s like shooting fish in a barrel. In New York, it’s harder for paparazzi to get around to stalk you.”
Look for more directing and producing projects from Grenier. “As an actor you kind of have to wait around for a part and then express someone else’s idea. I have a lot of passion when it comes to telling stories.”
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Let it shine
Adrian Grenier’s onetime Entourage costar Jeremy Piven is a pretty high wattage name, but he’s really going to glow Thursday night when he flips the switch at the newly revamped Intercontinental Miami Hotel. The 19-story building doubles as a massive art installation. The so-called LED Digital Canvas will become a permanent fixture of the downtown skyline. The event will also feature a specially curated exhibit, “Light Show,” by social photographer Patrick McMullen.
Even more Entourage alum news: Canadian fashion shutterbug Raphael Mazzucco, who titillated with his coffee table book CULO (pics of famous backsides), will be feted at a VIP party Thursday night at the St Regis Bal Harbour. On hand to ogle his his new collection, The 66th Parallel, will be host Russell Simmons. Mazzucco played himself on a season 8 episode of the HBO show.