With the Tribeca Film Festival in full force, and armed with my approved Tribeca/Film School Rejects press pass, I attended the media screening of The Groomsmen, written and directed by Edward Burns (who I loved in 15 Minutes and Life or Something Like It) The film stars Burns, Matthew Lillard, John Leguizamo, Heather Burns, Brittany Murphy and Donal Logue. It's about a groom hanging out with his four groomsmen the week before his pending shotgun wedding. The film will be distributed outside of the festival circuit in July 2006.
Unfortunately, I wasn't able to go to the festival screening of the film after the red carpet arrivals, but I'll be able to review the film in the press screening library soon. Full review to come on Film School Rejects shortly.
I checked in two hours before show time like requested. US Weekly, Premiere, NY1, and other outlets were there. They separated the photographers, TV crew and then the reporters into different sections and in that order. As each actor arrived, they'd first smile for the cameras by standing in the middle of the carpet with the Tribeca Film Festival backdrop behind them as the photographers shouted out their name, then they'd progress to the TV interviews and then answering questions among the press (That's where I come in). Second to last, my "interview" time was limited, to say the least. Along a steel divider hung a white paper with Film School Rejects written on it, indicating where I should stand. I was right next to NY Arts Magazine and a college TV station out in the Bronx. The red carpet itself is actually a plush long red carpet, not just simply a flat red tarp. I don't know, but I found that interesting.
First down the carpet came Donal Logue who I recognized, but it took me until the time he reached me to place him. I finally remembered him playing the friend in Just Like Heaven. He also stars in the TV Show, Grounded for Life. Since none of us had seen the film yet it wasn't easy coming up with questions, but Donal described the film as a fun guy's movie. He was very personable and, like every other actor that I'd speak to that evening, he got a kick out of the name Film School Rejects. Kudos to our site creator Neil!