Last month the Tribeca Film Festival celebrated its 13th year and was well attended by PFS staff. Of course, Michael and Andrew were there for programming purposes, but PFS Marketing Coordinator Mariah and PFS Blogger Ben also traveled to NY for their first Tribeca experiences as a Tribeca press volunteer (Mariah) and a visiting member of the press (Ben). Since they were working different angles of the same department, we thought it’d be fun to do a Q&A to compare their experiences. Hope you enjoy!
Did you get to see any films at Tribeca? What was your favorite?
Mariah I volunteered at Tribeca for the first weekend and was able to catch four films: The Rocket, In God We Trust, Dancing in Jaffa and Farrah Goes Bang. I really liked all of them, but my absolute favorite was The Rocket, which also won an award! I had to wait in my first rush line ever to see Farrah Goes Bang and had to sit in the very front, but I didn’t mind because there was Q&A with the writer, director and actors after.
Ben I wasn’t able to catch as many features, but I did see a bunch of shorts. OKPRG was my favorite- it was a really awesome and cute film about two video characters that fall in love and meet over the Internet. Trust Me by Clark Greg was my absolute favorite feature. It’s probably the best film I’ve seen all year and I’ve seen already seen Iron Man 3! Trust Me is great from a directorial standpoint and writing standpoint.
What did you see or do in Tribeca that you’d like to bring back for PFF?
Ben I really liked the Drive-in line up of programming (Tribeca’s outdoor screening series). They screened Beetlejuice, The Smurfs and a bunch of other family movies. I didn’t get a chance to catch any of them, but they looked like a lot of fun.
Mariah I didn’t get to attend the outdoor screenings either, but I heard good things and think it would be cool to do more of them for PFF- but it’s hard because October weather can be pretty unpredictable. From a marketing standpoint, there were so many aspects of Tribeca that I’d love to incorporate, but you’ll just have to attend PFF22 to see what’s new!
Ben I liked how there was a press lounge specifically for press to hold interviews away from the public.
What didn’t you get to see that you wish you had?
Ben A Case of You, Justin Long’s film about dating in the Internet age. It had an all-star cast including Evan Rachel Wood, Peter Dinklage and Vince Vaughn. Although I was on the red carpet for G.B.F. (Gay Best Friend), I wasn’t able to stay and watch the film, which I now regret. It’s about three girls who are competing against each other to befriend the only openly gay kid in school because they think he will be the ultimate accessory. From talking to the director (Darren Stein, who also directed 90s pop hit Jawbreaker), to see him revisit the genre sounds like something I’d be into.
Mariah Yeah, G.B.F. was on my list of “want to see” but I couldn’t make it to any of the screenings either. I also wanted to see Alice Eve and Stanley Tucci in Some Velvet Morning but, again, the screening times didn’t mesh with my schedule.
Ben You aren’t disappointed you missed “Lil Bub and Friends?”
Mariah I actually met Lil Bub at the press lounge!
Ben Oh that’s right, you did!
Mariah The film wasn’t on my list, but I was glad I got to meet Lil Bub- it’s actually a girl, did you know that? Lil Bub is a girl…
Who was the coolest celebrity you met?
Ben Justin Long was really cool and really enjoyed the fact that I was from the Pretentious Film Majors. I am a huge wrestling fan, so to see Rick Holley (recent WWE hall of famer and three time WWE champion) on the red carpet for the shorts program with Dee Snider was a great experience.
Mariah I ran into Emma Roberts, Thomas Hayden Church & Lil Bubs while volunteering at the press lounge. I only really got to hang out with Lil Bubs- she’s a cool cat.
Ben I don’t get star struck very often, but while I was at the press lounge I ran into Zoe Kazan, the writer and star of Ruby Sparks, which was one of my top 5 movies of last year. She adorable and amazing and so talented- I was happy I got to talk with her for a few minutes.
What were some funny and/or awkward moments for you on the red carpet?
Ben Oh man, talk about awkward! At A Case of You, the number one person I wanted to interview was Peter Dinklage, but when he arrived on the carpet, he walked past all the media outlets without stopping for an interview. I was standing toward the end of the carpet and he stops about foot away from me and waves at the screaming crowd behind me, so I awkwardly wave back. Then I saw a woman standing nearby, who I assumed was his publicist so I asked her if I would be able to get an interview and she said “Oh, maybe, well I am not sure, but I wouldn’t know because I am his wife.” I felt so dumb afterward.
The funniest red carpet moment, besides Justin Long’s hilarious comments on the Pretentious Film Majors, was Thomas Hayden Church. I asked him about Spiderman and asked if he would return to the roll of The Sandman if asked- And, with his loud deep voice, he said “HA, I don’t think they’ll ask me back” insinuating the lack of popularity in the film.
Last but not least, what’s your favorite Robert De Niro flick?
Ben Gosh, there are so many! Just since it’s fresh in my head, I’d say Silver Linings Playbook. But my absolute favorite would be The Untouchables. And Taxi Driver — Travis Pickle is an iconic film character and that is an iconic movie. In my opinion Taxi Driver made De Niro.
Mariah I know he wasn’t the main lead in it, but A Bronx Tale is one of my favorite movies and I thought De Niro played a great role. The Deer Hunter- tough movie- but he was a really great in that.
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