Saturday, April 25, 2009

a snapshot from IFFB 2009...

Actor Kevin Corrigan and writer/director Robert Siegel help raise wrist awareness!

Siegel penned the story to Aronofsky's THE WRESTLER (which I loved and everyone should see) and wrote and directed tonight's IFFB flick, BIG FAN, starring Patton Oswalt and Corrigan. Corrigan is one of my favorite indie actors, who won a special place in my entertainment-consuming heart with a one-time role on FREAKS AND GEEKS. Every time I saw him in the movies, it was, "Hey, it's that guy from that FREAKS AND GEEKS episode who makes the fake IDs!" Later it would be, "Hey, it's that guy that Mark Ruffalo is the bizzaro version of!" Even in the most passing of supporting roles, he always contributes to the story- and world-building experience of a film. I really like what he brings to his characters, y'know, a certain, gruff, no-nonsense, "I'm TALKin' here" I-don't-know-what. A little Joey Pants, a little Robert DeNiro, maybe a dash of Nicholson. Me being the fanboy that I am, I had trouble actually putting my appreciation for the talents of these filmmakers into a sequence of words that made coherent sense, but I can only hope that given the plot and characters of the film we had just watched—a devoted superfan comes face-to-face with one of his idols, with less than fantasy-fulfilling results—Corrigan and Siegel understood that. Thank Colbert, tho, cuz even though I had difficulty putting sentences together, by offering them the Wriststrong bracelets I'd brought for them, I managed to create at least an outline of an exchange that led to the photographic evidence above.

If you're in Bostonia this weekend, check out the Independent Film Festival of Boston! Lotsa good crack up on those screens!

Keep on keepin on~

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