It's a romantic comedy set in Brooklyn. And since we contributed some money to help him start filming last summer, my husband and I are actually listed as producers on the film. I'm so proud of him, I could practically burst. We met Tahir at Sundance years ago when I sat next to him at a weird midnight movie. He had his student short film in the festival then, back in 2009. And now he's back with his first feature length film!
"Then there's How to Tell You're a Douchebag from first-time feature filmmaker Tahir Jetter, who took creative license from a failed relationship to humorously examine the misogynistic meanderings of Millennial relationships. Douchebag has "a little Sleepless in Seattle, a little When Harry Met Sally vibe," Jetter says."
I'll be there for the premiere -- heading out to Park City for the whole festival this time. There's actually one Indian comedy film at the festival that I'm going to see called Brahman Naman.
For anyone wondering, the premiere of HTTYAD went very well. It garnered some very nice reviews and interviews. I should have some news soon about where you will be able to watch our movie, How To Tell You're A Douchebag, as negotiations are pending. We've known Tahir Jetter, the writer/director for 5 years, but loved meeting the whole team!
Love this one with my friend Tahir Jetter. So proud of this young filmmaker!
We had never stayed for the entire festival before. I was able to see 24 feature films, and 11 shorts. I wrote short reviews of all of them here on Letterboxd.
Sundance Summary -
Last year Brooklyn was amazing and I knew we'd be seeing it again come Oscar season, and it is in the Best Picture list. There were a few films this year that I'm sure will be in the running for the 2017 Oscars.
Of the 24 films, these were my favorites:
Captain Fantastic - Viggo Mortenson plays the extreme home schooling dad of 6 kids in the wilderness. The oldest son wants to go away to college, and realizes how little he knows of life in the "real world" when the family travels to a funeral.
Manchester By The Sea - Casey Affleck in a wrenching drama about a man whose brother dies suddenly. We gradually learn why he is reluctant to become his nephew's guardian. Michelle Williams plays his ex-wife. These performances I'm sure we will see nominated.
The Birth of A Nation - Nate Parker's film about Nathaniel Turner's slave rebellion in 1831 won the audience and grand jury prize. It's wrenching and visceral.
Other People - Molly Shannon is a mother dying of cancer. Her gay writer son comes home to take care of her. You've never seen Molly Shannon like this.
Hunt For the Wilderpeople -- This one may not get wide release. It's a film from New Zealand where Sam Neill plays foster father to a very cute kid. They head into the wilderness when they think the kid will have to be sent to another foster home, and it's an adventure comedy. Same director - Taika Waititi as the next Thor movie.
I saw some great Documentaries:
Life, Animated - about an autistic young man obsessed with Disney animated movies. His father finally breaks through to him using an Iago puppet.
Mapplethorpe: Look At The Pictures - about the life of the famous controversial photographer
Holy Hell - a look from the inside of a cult. The director had been the videographer for years of the Buddhafield cult. Incredible footage, and interviews with past members.