The Cinema Society & Sony Alpha Nex 5 hosted a screening of “Get Low“. Sony Alpha Nex 5 is their newest digital camera, fyi - very state-of-the-art!
Screening was at the Tribeca Grand Hotel and the party was at the Soho Grand Hotel (in the Yard), and everyone drank Appleton Estate cocktails.
Robert Duvall, Sissy Spacek, director Aaron Schneider, Doug Liman, Calvin Klein, S. Epatha Merkerson, Tom Cavanagh, Rachel Dratch, Cheyenne Jackson, Lucy Punch, Paz de la Huerta, Carlos Leon, James Lipton, Bryan Batt (“Mad Men”), Ruben Blades, Daniel Merriweather, Amanda Setton (“Gossip Girl”), Dick Cavett, Danny Aiello, John Cameron Mitchell, Judd Hirsch, Ben Shenkman, Paul Iacono, Hilary Rhoda, Sean Avery, Brendan Shanahan, Kelly Killoren Bensimon, Nicole Miller, Kelly Klein, Nigel Barker, Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, Daniel Benedict, Rachel Roy, Amy Sacco, Fernanda Motta, Julie Ordon, Lorenzo Martone, Fern Mallis, Alex & Keytt Lundqvist, Mick Rock, Alexander Dexter-Jones, Olympic medalist Tim Morehouse, Sony Pictures Classics’ Co-President Michael Barker, producer Dean Zanuck, executive producer Joey Rappa, and Cinema Society founder Andrew Saffir.
An 8-year labor of love for producer Dean Zanuck (road to Perdition), Get Low is directed by Academy Award winner Aaron Schneider, and is written by Chris Provenzano (Mad Men) and C. Gaby Mitchell (Blood Diamond). “Get Low” is a magical and moving blend of folk tale, fable and real-life legend. Spun in the Southern storytelling tradition, it is about the mysterious 1930s Tennessee hermit who famously threw his own rollicking funeral party . . . while he was still alive. Academy Award winner Robert Duvall, Golden Globe winner Bill Murray, Academy Award winner Sissy Spacek and Lucas Black form an ensemble of unforgettable characters who bring to life the surprising last act of Felix Bush, a life-long maverick and misfit who has been nearly swallowed up by the power of his town’s sinister myths about him – until he sets out to make a shocking confession in front of his own memorial service. The result is a comic, poignant, at times haunting tale about the snowballing nature of secrets, stories, heartbreak and the desire for redemption.Get Low is inspired by the true story of Felix “Bush” Breazeale, who attracted national attention and the largest crowd to assemble up to that date when he threw himself a living funeral party in Roane County, Tennessee. For years, townsfolk have been terrified of the backwoods recluse known as Felix Bush (Robert Duvall). People say he’s done all manner of unspeakable things and they avoid him like the plague. Then, one day, Felix rides to town with a shotgun and a wad of cash, saying he wants to buy a funeral. It’s not your usual funeral for the dead Felix wants. On the contrary, he wants a “living funeral,” in which anyone who ever had heard a story about him will come to tell it, while he takes it all in. Sensing a big payday in the offing, fast-talking funeral home owner Frank Quinn (Bill Murray) enlists his gentlemanly young apprentice, Buddy Robinson (Lucas Black), to win over Felix’s business. Buddy is no stranger to Felix’s dark reputation, but what he discovers is that behind Felix’s surreal plan lies a very real and long-held secret that must get out. As the funeral approaches, the mystery– which involves the widow Mattie Darrow (Sissy Spacek), the only person in town who ever got close to Felix, and the Illinois preacher Charlie Jackson (Bill Cobbs), who refuses to speak at his former friend’s funeral – only deepens.