by Kate Newton
Thanks to the relentless Loft Cinema crew, Tucson gets a little taste of the Sundance Film Festival every year.
Tonight, the Loft screens one of the best-received films at Sundance this year. The Spectacular Now, starring The Descendents’ Shailene Woodley and newcomer Miles Teller, generated a lot of buzz at the festival for filling an all-too-familiar void in the film world: substance in a high school-set romance. The pair took home the Special Jury Prize for Acting at the festival, while the film was picked up by A24 after outbidding the Weinstein Co. for distribution rights.
Fellow intern Kyle Mittan previewed the screening in last week’s edition of City Week:
If you couldn't make the trip up to north to catch this year's Sundance Film Festival, The Loft Cinema is bringing a piece of it to Tucson.
The theater will hold a screening of The Spectacular Now, complete with a question-and-answer session after the show with the film's director James Ponsoldt and actress Brie Larson, who has starred in films such as 21 Jump Street and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.
The screening is part of Sundance Film Festival USA, an expansion of the festival that gives local theaters in 10 cities across the nation the chance to screen a film. This will be the Loft's second year participating after screening Goats last year.
The film itself is a comedic drama adapted from Tim Tharp's novel, and was most recently nominated for the festival's Grand Jury Prize in the drama category. The story follows Miles Teller's character Sutter Keely, a senior in high school slipping into alcoholism, as he's drawn to a new girl after experiencing a break up. Writers include Michael H. Weber and Scott Neustadter, the pair that wrote (500) Days of Summer.
Catch the film and a discussion with the director at the Loft tonight for a refreshing take on a coming-of-age story, or maybe just to quench a little Say Anything nostalgia. Admission is $15.
Find more details here.