THINKING AHEAD: Director R.J. Cutler already is moving on from “The September Issue.” The likely subject of his next project is Grant Achatz, the chef-owner of award-winning Chicago restaurant Alinea. A few years ago, Achatz, a protégé of Thomas Keller, was diagnosed with stage-four tongue cancer. The treatment Achatz received led to losing his sense of taste, and Cutler said he wants to make a movie about his ordeal. “I’m just starting to think about it,” he noted at a screening of “The September Issue” on Friday.
In the meantime, Cutler is spreading the word about “The September Issue,” since the marketing behind it is on a smaller, “documentary budget.” He added in the 320 hours of total footage that was shot at Vogue, he met several young designers but decided to focus on Thakoon Panichgul, who gets ample screen time. “There was something about him that struck me,” Cutler said. He said there will be extra footage on the DVD, but he wouldn’t change a thing about the documentary: “We captured a moment in time.” — Amy Wicks