NEW YORK — Helmer Brad Anderson is in the enviable position of having opened two films in the same month in Gotham. His second pic — “Happy Accidents,” his long-awaited follow-up to 1998’s “Next Stop, Wonderland” — preemed Aug. 22, after his third film, “Session 9,” began playing in the Big Apple.
Shot in 1999 and completed in time for Sundance 2000, the Vincent D’Onofrio/Marisa Tomei starrer “Happy” flirted with a sale to Paramount Classics before eventually landing at fledgling distrib IFC Films.
“This was a tough film to make, but in the end it was a great experience,” said Anderson, who in the interim managed to complete the thriller “Session 9,” currently in theaters. “If a movie is too easy, you’re probably doing something wrong.”
After the Chelsea’s Clearview Cinema screening, the crowd partied at rooftop lounge Primal Light, where D’Onofrio seemed clearly relieved that the pic is finally hitting screens. “Working on this movie with Brad and Marisa was wonderful,” D’Onofrio said. “The three of us hit it off from the beginning, and I think the film reflects that relationship.”
Also on hand to celebrate were co-stars Tomei and Nadja Dajani, plus Ed Burns, Parker Posey, Julia Ormond, Fisher Stevens, Jimmy Fallon, Scarlett Johansson, Kimberly Peirce, Sam Rockwell, IFC’s Bob Berney and producers Caroline Kaplan and Jonathan Sehring.