Watch the Exclusive Trailer for Lena Dunham’s New Doc About Artist Hilary Knight

by Stacy Lambe 11:20 AM PST, February 27, 2015
Photo: HBO

Hilary Knight didn’t just draw Eloise he inspired a generation.

Among those the famed illustrator impacted was Lena Dunham, who identified with the popular children’s book character that lived in the “room on the tippy-top floor” of the Plaza Hotel in New York City. So much, in fact, that she has a tattoo of Eloise on her lower back.

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“That was my first tattoo because it felt like the only thing that I knew I would never get sick of,” Dunham told press at Sundance. “My childhood affinity for her never wavered. And I felt so connected to the character, and tattoos are about self-expression and self-knowledge, and that seemed like the perfect entrée into this."

It’s that appreciation for the 88-year-old artist that led her to executive produce It’s Me, Hilary: The Man Who Drew Eloise, a new HBO documentary about his life’s work. The film draws a portrait of a man who rocketed to success early in his career and spent his life trying to find a balance between his privacy and keeping his legacy alive.

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The trailer, which will debut on-air this Sunday, shows the connection between Knight and Dunham as they explore his world to tell his story.

The film, directed by Matt Wolf and co-executive produced by Jenni Konner (Girls), will debut Monday, Mar. 23 at 9 p.m. ET on HBO.