PARK CITY - Before I came up here, I made my schedule based on the films I wanted to see and the handful of interviews I wanted to do. I have a psychological spasm whenever I'm sitting in an interview during a festival because I know I'm missing a movie in order to do that interview. Even if I'm interested, it still makes me twitch a bit.
But on rare occasion, I'll get to a festival, see a film, and then realize that I need to speak with the filmmakers or the cast before I leave town. That's exactly what happened when I saw "Bellflower" and fell in love with it early in the festival. I knew I needed to talk to these kids and let them tell their story.
And when I say "kids," I mean that with affection. I love meeting filmmakers and performers younger than me who are already working at such a great, sophisticated level, and being able to get them on tape and presenting that to you makes me feel like my trip to Sundance is entirely justified now. No matter what else happens.
I did two separate interviews, and the first of them was a chat with three of the film's cast member. Jessie Wiseman, Vincent Grashaw, and Rebekah Brandes all have difficult material to play in the movie, and they all rise to the challenge. Wiseman plays Milly, the girl who falls in love with Woodrow (played by writer/director Evan Glodell), setting off the chain of events that makes up the film's narrative, and the way she plays Milly in the film, she's this great, appealing combination of tough and vulnerable and wild and traditional, and it all seems to be genuine, not just plot mechanics. I'm guessing it will take Hollywood about nine minutes to cast Wiseman in something as Christina Applegate's younger sister once they notice her, but in the meantime, she's already given this one wonderful, rich, daring performance. Brandes plays Milly's best friend Courtney, and Grashaw is Mike, the guy who Milly rooms with before she meets Woodrow. They're roughed up by Milly and Woodrow's relationship just as much as Woodrow's best friend Aiden (played by Tyler Dawson) is, and the way they handle it is devastating.
We did the interview sitting outside on Main Street in the middle of the day, and for the record, the seats we're sitting on were basically conduits for freezing cold that was almost painful. But it doesn't matter… I got the chance I wanted, and now it's my pleasure to introduce this talented cast to you, and I hope you're in a position to enjoy their work in the very near-future.
We'll have our interview with Evan Glodell and Tyler Dawson next, and earlier today, we also shot a great interview with Jason Eisener and Rutger Hauer for "Hobo With A Shotgun." It's been a great week, and there's still plenty to look forward to in the days ahead.
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