Monday, January 19, 2009

Lonely Paparazzi


R.J. Cutler's film, "The September Issue" premiered tonight at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center. In years past I leave the press line smelling like all the other photographers, for two reasons. 1.We are all hussling for photos and sweating. 2. Being packed together like sardines, we end up sweating on one another.

As disgusting as this may be, I never thought I would get nostalgic due to it's absence. Walking back from the theater tonight I felt a little shortchanged.

First of all, there were only two still photographers present, myself and a gentleman from another local newspaper. No national media, no Entertainment Tonight, no Extra, just us local yocals. To add to my loneliness, the filmmaker, R.J. Cutler was the only person to walk the red carpet. Although he was very nice, once he left I had nothing to photograph. My assignment (for which I arrived over an hour early) was over in less than 90 seconds. The TV camera lights turned off, he headed into the theater and I stood there dazed. I had to photograph something before going back to the office so here are some of my attempts at feeling useful tonight.

PR women and publicists are like hired ninjas at Sundance, they are EFFECTIVE!

Waiting for wait list tickets outside.

4 comments:

Maegan Burr said...

I feel ya, I gave up on the whole press line after the director was the only person to show up to the opening night fun. And publicists are hired ninjas, evil hired ninjas.

Carolyn Jess-Cooke said...

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Skaters said...

i volunteered at the festival, and this is what it IS like! good work.

Melvin said...

wow, great post...
thanks for this post...
I like this blog.........

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