Sunday, April 29, 2007

The Education of Charlie Banks

Seeing The Education of Charlie Banks, in a film festival setting, was an experience. I chose this as my first film at TIFF this year, because a lot of it was shot in Rhode Island this summer. A coming of age story, with a protagonist who was lethal with his bare hands, played against type, by Jason Ritter. It was a solid story with an excellent cast and location *ahem*. The Q&A was attended by Peter Elkoff (the writer), Fred Durst (the director) and two of the principle actors, Jesse Eisenberg (Charlie Banks) and Eva Amurri (Mary). The group was charming and answered all questions thoroughly. Durst even shared a little story about finding a house in Barrington that they shot vacation scenes in, the day before they needed to shoot. At one point, a small voice asked Durst if he was planning on making more films, and what was his next project. Durst started to chuckle and pulled the young actor who played Charlie Banks, as child, out of the audience .... a plant! It was a cute moment. As everyone was taking their seats before the film, a guy came into my row and said (I'm not making this up) "Is this seat taken?". I'm sure I looked pretty silly, sitting there grinning to myself .........

PS This film won TIFF's "Made in NY" narrative film prize 5/5/06. Well done!

4 comments:

Abe Froman said...

any idea when this movie will be playing in RI, or did I miss it?

Linda said...

There is no relese date for this yet, guessing they're trying to sell it on the film festival circuit. Keep your fingers crossed for Newport FF or RIFF.

Briana said...

Good words.

Linda said...

Briana~Thanks, I liked this one.