Our producer Ann Marie Baldonado is attending the TriBeCa Film Festival this weekend to watch some movies and scout some future guests. She says, “I seem to be picking my first films based on my love of many current sitcoms. Last night i saw the new film About Alex which starts Max Greenfield (Schmidt from The New Girl, among other things) Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Rec) and Jason Ritter. This current day, Big Chill-ish film about a group of college friends who get back together when one friend is in trouble, was written and directed by Jesse Zwick, (writer on Parenthood and son of Edward Zwick). Up later today, Alex of Venice, the directorial debut by Chris Messina (The Mindy Project, The Newsroom).
I guess I am also just picking films with “Alex” in the title.”
“While I think if we didn’t know what we know now we’d say “Ah, he’s a virtual slacker,” in fact, it seems to be a period of incredible self-education in which he became an expert on systems, became an expert on so many things to do with navigating the Internet. The amazing thing is [that] it appears to be largely self-taught. He was a kid out there in the virtual world, unmoored, really, from all vestiges of traditional influence.”—
“I will never call myself a ‘cancer survivor’ because I think it devalues those who do not survive. There’s this whole mythology that people bravely battle their cancer and then they become ‘survivors.’ Well, the ones who don’t survive may be just as brave, just as courageous, wonderful people and I don’t feel that I have any leg up on them.”—Barbara Ehrenreich