This is only the beginning for many of these successful filmmakers, directors and producers. Today, May 9, 2014, marked the theatrical release of one of the festival's biggest hits, 'Palo Alto.' 'Palo Alto' screened last year in the Venice, Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals. Starting today, the film can be seen in theaters in Los Angeles (Landmark and ArcLight Hollywood) and in theaters in New York City (Film Society of Lincoln Center and LandMark Sunshine) after rave reviews from some of the largest media publications in the land, following screening at Tribeca Film Festival.
The film has marked a 'first' in many aspects. Gia Coppola, granddaughter of famed film director, producer and screenwriter, Francis Ford Coppola, is brilliantly following in her grandfather's footsteps with her directorial debut of 'Palo Alto.' It is emotional, thought-provoking, powerful and poignant. It stars Emma Roberts, Nat Wolff, Zoe Levin, Val Kilmer, James Franco and introduces us to Jack Kilmer. You can see the passion that Gia feels for her career by watching these outstanding actors interact with each other as their characters develop throughout the film.
The story is based, in part, on the short story collection by James Franco. It is a film presentation by James Franco and Rabbit Bandini Productions produced by Sebastian Pardo, Adriana Rotaru, Miles Levy, and Vince Jolivette. We are taken through the many ups and downs of the lives of a group of high school students that are far from ordinary. Trials and tribulations of friendship, peer pressure, growing up and all the different obstacles that teens face while in high school, are highlighted here in a raw and masterful way.
Emma Roberts is April, the shy class virgin, attempting to stay on track as she is tempted by single-dad coach, Mr. B., who is played by James Franco. At the same time, she is smitten by Teddy, the creative artistic classmate of hers, played by Jack Kilmer. Teddy's best friend, Fred, played by Nat Wolff, is reckless and ruthless with no limits to his actions and no boundaries as to how far he will go. The story revolves around not only school activities such as soccer practice and classroom sessions, but the many wild parties that create chaos and temptation for teens today. The music score complimenting the film is done by Devonte Hynes and Robert Schwartzman as well as the band, Blood Orange.
From the actors to the many artists behind the camera, all have done a truly remarkable job of pulling you into their spiraling world of calamity and bringing you right back to a more promising reality at the end of the film.
At the end of the premiere of 'Palo Alto' at Tribeca Film Festival, Gia Coppola along with Emma Roberts and Nat Wolff were on hand to answer any questions that the audience had and to give all some insight into the making of the film. It was a thrill for all those that were able to experience it. For those moviegoers attending the film this evening in Los Angeles, director Gia Coppola will be in person for Q&As at The Landmark after the 7:30PM screenings. Val Kilmer will join her for the Saturday, May 10th session. You can also catch Coppola for a Q&A after the 9:15 PM screening at Arclight Hollywood on the 9th and 10th, with Keegan Allen joining her on Saturday.
Although the New York City showings are sold out, there are Q&As with James Franco this evening at the Landmark Sunshine and then on Saturday, May 10th at the Film Society of Lincoln Center. This evening, Dev Hynes will perform between the 7:05 p.m. and the 9:15 p.m. shows at the Film Society at Lincoln Center where cocktails will be served.
Curious filmgoers will be able to see the film in the coming weeks at select cities so stay tuned. We hope to see more remarkable films from Gia Coppola at future Tribeca Film Festivals.