To take you behind the scenes at “The Hollars” Sundance 2016 cocktail party hosted by Acura in Park City, Utah, we got the inside scoop from the cast: John Krasinski, Anna Kendrick, Margo Martindale, Richard Jenkins, Sharlto Copley, Charlie Day, and Josh Groban. The World Premiere of “The Hollars” is tonight (Friday, January 29, 2016) as the closing film of the Sundance Film Festival, and the film was acquired today by Sony Classics.
John Krasinski directs and stars in the film. He’s also starred in and directed 3 episodes of “The Office”. With a screenplay by James C. Strouse, “The Hollars” is about an aspiring New York City artist John Hollar (John Krasinski), who returns to his Middle America hometown on the eve of his mother’s (Margo Martindale) brain surgery. John is joined by his girlfriend (Anna Kendrick), who is eight months pregnant with their first child. The story unfolds as John is forced to navigate the crazy world he left behind.
To celebrate “The Hollars”, Acura had a full dinner in the Press Room during this cocktail party. We were fortunate to sit at the table with Sharlto Copely (“District 9”) and Margo Martindale (“The Good Wife”). Sharlto told us what a pleasure it was to work with Margo. He was eating alone at first. We thought to ourselves, well he probably wants a break. It must be really overwhelming to be constantly “on” as a celebrity with a film at Sundance.
When we spoke to Margo Martindale, she was happy to share that “The Hollars” is done in a “fresh, new way.” Margo plays John Hollar’s mother, and said she loved working with John Krasinski. It sounds like a challenging part, and we can’t wait to see her in this film. Margo plays a very complex role in “The Americans” (Claudia), and shared her experiences on that show. She said it’s hard playing Claudia because “The Americans” is filled with so much dialogue.
American singer, songwriter, record producer and actor Josh Groban plays Rev. Dan, and was also at this Acura movie party. Josh told us about his recent Broadway album and 60-date tour. He was very excited about the new movie, and happy to take photos with us. This was a private party, and we were asked not to take photos so we just did not push it with anyone else.
We also congratulated Charlie Day on the film, who was so funny in “Horrible Bosses”!
Outside the Acura Studio on Main Street, there were live concerts all weekend. Join us in cheers for Acura! They hosted some of the best movie parties at Sundance 2016! Without the sponsors, there are no Sundance events, and we appreciate their support of independent film!
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