First of all, my condolences go out to best friend Ben Crum and his bandmates in Great Lakes, who lost all their personal gear last night in Detroit when their van was broken into. Fucking Detroit. I've never punched anyone, but if I ever do go to Detroit and I meet the guilty party, I will beat the fuck out of you until you whimper mommy while rolling around in your own puddle of blood and piss. Go burgle rich people, you motherfucking idiot. FUCK YOU.
There, I'm glad I got that off my chest.
Today is an interesting day for independent cinema. After traveling the festival circuit for over a year, followed by many months of DVD self-distribution, followed by more festival circuitry, Andrew Bujalski’s MUTUAL APPRECIATION is finally getting an actual-factual theatrical release in New York City. I caught the tail end of the release party at Joe’s Pub, but fortunately that parlayed itself into an after-party at Grassroots Tavern. Let’s go to the videotape…
(Oh, I should first mention that I failed to get a picture of Andrew and Justin Rice out of stupidity. But they were there. I learned from Mr. Bujaski himself that he has many scars on his hands and arms, none of which were earned through even remotely noble means. Shamefully funny stuff.)
Here’s the birthday boy himself, Mr. 25, Joe Swanberg, and one of his actresses from HANNAH TAKES THE STAIRS, Ry Russo-Young. Ry is also a writer-director. Her short film, MARION, won the Jury Award for “Best Experimental Short” at SXSW this year. Oh, you crazy kids and your overabundance of talent.
Here is Mr. Swanberg with C. Mason Wells (aka Chris), co-writer/star of LOL (which is playing at The Pioneer through the weekend, so you should check it out if you haven’t already--Chris and Greta Gerwig will be there for Q&A’s after every screening, or so I hear). I'm sure Chris won't be thrilled with this captured moment in time, but it's all that I got and I'm sticking with it.
Here is Mr. Swanberg looking mean and angry, two words I would never use to describe him. Photos is funny like that, yo.
Everybody looks up to Joe Swanberg. Quite literally. (As in, he's T-A-L-L.) Here, fellow SXSW 2006 graduates, the makers of DANCE PARTY USA (which I haven’t seen--I’m holding out until the NYC screenings at The Pioneer in November), talk to the birthday boy about his Fassbinder-like proficiency. From left to right are Brendan McFadden (producer), Aaron Katz (writer/director), and Marc Ripper (producer).
Here is Jeff Gramm, who I play city league basketball with. He was drunker than I've ever seen him last night. Good game, Jeff!
Riding home on the train, I was shocked to find myself sitting across from Michel Gondry!!! (Seriously, don't they look alike?)
Finally, I’d like to point you in the direction of a short film that JT and I shot in a burst of inspiration at the very end of the night. I think it speaks for itself, but just in case you don’t get it the title should clarify things:
TOLL PHONE (COLIN FARRELL’S ACCENT)