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The Muppets Take Manhattan

The Muppets Take Manhattan

Wednesday marked the opening of the IFC Center’s “New Talkies: Generation DIY” film series and the theatrical release of Joe Swanberg’s Hannah Takes the Stairs. It felt like everyone was in good spirits. The press about the series has been positive and the attendance yesterday was great. Here are some pictures I snapped throughout the evening:

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(The Hannah gang during the first Q&A: Joe Swanberg, Greta Gerwig, Kent Osborne, Todd Rohal, Ry Russo-Young, and Kris Swanberg.)

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(Hannah composer/crewman Kevin Bewersdorf was apparently really thrilled to see Dennis Lim’s New York Times articl blown up into a theater-lobby standee.)

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(Hanging out at the fun, lively, and crowded “New Talkies” party last night, left to right, are James Lilly and Ryan Werner from IFC Films joined by Ben Stambler from THINKFilm.)

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(Osborne hangs at the after-party, with Murder Party director Jeremy Saulnier. Oh, and beware: Jeremy’s starting a new filmmaking movement called “Rumblecore.” It’s described as beating the crap out of “Mumblecore.”)

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(It’s a slightly blurry photo, but too cute not to include. At the party, Silver Jew director Michael Tully, Kris Swanberg, Kevin Bewersdorf, Great World of Sound director Craig Zobel, Be Kind Rewind co-star Melonie Diaz, and Hannah producer Anish Savjani.)

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(Old Joy and I’ll Come Running co-producer Lars Knudsen, kicking back with indieWIRE editor Eugene Hernandez.)

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(Allow me to take an opportunity to address how awesome Ronnie and Mary Bronstein are. The couple, who made the SXSW 2007 feature Frownland, arrived to the party with a birthday cake for myself, Joe, and Kent. We’re all late August birthday boys… but the Bronsteins rocked the house by being so thoughtful.)

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(Sarasota Film Festival programmer, and recently married man, Tom Hall hams it up on the left with Submarine’s Josh Braun.)

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(Magnolia Pictures exec Tom Quinn, left, with Samuel Goldwyn Films exec Peter Goldwyn, take a moment from their Belgian beers to offer enthusiastic responses.)

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(Quiet City director Aaron Katz, left, gives it up for his film’s co-star, Cris Lankenau. Don’t forget: Quiet City opens August 29 at the IFC Center, for the second half of the “New Talkies” series.)

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(The Hannah Takes the Stairs street team will stop at nothing to leave behind subtle reminders and advertisements throughout Greenwich Village.)

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