I’ve been a big fan of Azazel Jacobs’ Momma’s Man since catching it shortly after its Sundance premiere, where it was one of the big critical hits of the festival. The film is a tender, sweet, and smart portrayal of adulthood’s last grasp at childhood. The film will open at New York’s Angelika Center this weekend, and it’s worth catching, and bringing your parents to see with you. Major Aza booster Michael Tully conducted an interview with the filmmaker for Hammer to Nail, in which they discuss a bunch, including the rollercoaster Sundance ride:
Jacobs: It just went really, really well. I think also the people that didn’t like it told their friends to stay away and the people that did like it told their friends to come. That’s how Sundance works, I think, in its best-case scenario. And that’s what happened with the last screening at the festival itself. It was a great screening. It was a good way to set this film off.
But, that night after the second screening, there was a Sundance Institute screening, for the benefactors, and I think there must have been something in the description that kinda sounded like Little Miss Sunshine, or something like, “Here’s a guy that faces his past and learns about his future!” (both laugh) I don’t know. I would say that maybe a third left during the opening credits? Like, I don’t know what could be wrong with the credits, but people just started storming out within the first three minutes of the film.
Disclosure: Cinetic Media sold distribution rights to Momma’s Man.