Sundance Film Festival kicks off theater camp On Saturday afternoon, four best friends – Ben Platt, Noah Galvin, Molly Gordon and Nick Lieberman – will make the world premiere of a feel-good mockumentary.
The audience inside Park City’s Eccles Theater presented the show with a generous and heartfelt standing ovation, saving another audience for a surprise musical performance that followed the closing credits. In this short musical, eight young actors performed a medley of songs written for the film’s musical finale. Joanne StillAs they took their final bow, the crowd cheered and applauded like they were at a Broadway performance.
theater camp It opens with a scene that sets up the rest of the movie. The beloved founder of a run-down theater camp, played by Amy Sedaris, has a seizure in a high school production caused by strobe lights. goodbye birdieWhen summer comes again, kids flock from all over to attend her silly camp in upstate New York.
Her clueless “Crypt Brothers” son Troy, played by Jimmy Tatro, is played by Pratt, Gordon, Galvin, Ayo Edebiri, Nathan Lee Graham, and Owen Thiele, who perform in honor of Joan. Minari Breakout Alan Kim also plays a scene-stealing role as an aspiring talent agent, and Patti Harrison plays a business development executive with ulterior motives.
The film also features Will Ferrell, Jessica Elbaum, Eric Feig, Sammy Kim Falvey, Julia Hammer, Ryan Heller, Maria Zuckerman, Galvin, Gordon, Lieberman, Pratt, Gloria Sanchez Famous producers from Proz, Picture Start and Topic Studios have also appeared. theater camp is one of the distribution titles, so today’s debut is likely to ignite a sales pitch thanks to the warm hugs of viewers.
Gordon and Lieberman teamed up to make their feature directorial debut with the film, and in a short Q&A following the premiere (and performance), she explained how it came to be.
“It literally came out of a desire to create something with my friends. But he was very gay and didn’t like me,” she said with a good laugh from her lifelong best friend, who happens to be engaged to Galvin now. I’m so inspired by all these people who have created something with their friends and brought in a larger community.Owen, Patty, Jimmy and all these amazing people. I wanted to create a sandbox where they could really play their part, have agency, and just have fun.”
It’s based on their short film, and Lieberman said their vision was similar to the 1993 film when pitching it around town. war room, a documentary about Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign. “What the hell are they? Another source of inspiration, he says, is like Christopher Guest’s iconic mockumentaries. Best in Show, Mighty Wind When Waiting for Gufman.
For this part, Tony Award-winning performer Pratt has singled out the greatest “hospitality and surprises” of the experience. “It was amazing to see these young actors improvising and being in their own skin completely. This is what Theater Camp is all about. I am very happy that you sang it.