[FROM SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL 2009, January 27, 2009] About three days ago, I posted the PUSH Q&A from the 2009 Sundance Film Festival on YouTube. There are nearly a thousand hits already. People are really excited about this film. As far as I know, it doesn’t have distribution, yet (although there is an internet rumor that Lionsgate may be negotiating for it). The YouTube link is in three sections (because everything has to be less than ten minutes) so I’m posting the PUSH Q&A as a SINGLE 56 MB file here. The resolution is only 320×180 but at least the Q&A is intact.
My favorite sections? When Mariah Carey thanks director Lee Daniels for taking a shot on her. I am told that Carey’s performance was terrific … NOT diva-ish at all. There’s an extraordinary moment with Mo’Nique (who was given a Special Jury Prize for her performance in PUSH) when an audience member asks her what she’ll wear to the Oscars. “Nothing,” is her reply. Now, that I would have to see. It would make Janet Jackson’s wardrobe malfunction seem pretty tame.
PUSH (now PRECIOUS) Q&A
Part 1 of 3 :: One of the BEST things about attending the Sundance Film Festival (or any festival for that matter) is hearing the artists speaking about their projects. I was (sooo tragically) unable to attend PUSH because I had to do some press for our documentary. Alec and Mike came back raving about the film. Alec said he wanted to see it again … if there were any way possible … he’d go again at Sundance before we left. That told me that the film was amazing and incredible. I am very grateful that the guys captured the Q&A following the Friday evening screening at the Racquet Club in Park City, Utah. I had to break it into three parts to put it on YouTube. Enjoy.
Thanks to Videographer Michael Montesa. All Rights Reserved.
Grand Jury Prize, Dramatic:
PUSH: Based on a novel by Sapphire Lee Daniels.
Audience Award, Dramatic:
PUSH: Based on the novel by Sapphire directed by Lee Daniels.
Shortly after the festival, Tyler Perry and Oprah Winfrey put their full support behind the film. It got an excellent distribution deal and I’m eagerly awaiting its arrival at the local multiplex.