The Sundance Film Festival came to the Brooklyn Academy of Music on Thursday night.
Garth Jennings’ “Son of Rambow” kicked off the second annual Sundance at BAM event, which screens 21 features and 27 shorts culled from this year’s fest.
Prior to the screening at BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, Sundance Institute founder and prexy Robert Redford introduced writer-director Jennings and applauded him for the film’s use of various technical formats.
“All the technical, clever stuff that (is in the film) is actually from the clever people I asked to do it,” Jennings jokingly replied. “I have no idea how it works.”
Afterwards, at a bi-level private party in BAM’s lobby and BAMcafe, pic’s producer Nick Goldsmith admitted that although the film was the biggest pickup at this year’s festival, he was “terrified” before the BAM screening.
“There’s 1,400 people here tonight,” Goldsmith said. “Can you imagine if we got a bad response?”
Luckily for Goldsmith, Jennings and pic’s distrib Paramount Vantage, the screening was a hit with the Brooklyn crowd.