Standing on ‘Ceremony’

Winkler fils makes feature debut

Making his feature debut with Magnolia Pictures’ “Ceremony,” director Max Winkler said it felt a bit like camp at times.

“There were a lot of young boys on set … and we were all living there,” Winkler said. “It was a very fraternal environment, I’d say. When Uma (Thurman) walked into the room, we all tightened up and behaved ourselves.”

Things were much more relaxed at Tuesday night’s screening, held at N.Y.’s Angelika Film Center.

“There were at least 15 twentysomething-year-olds on set,” Thurman said at the screening hosted by the Peggy Siegal Co. “It was a multi-layered German cake.”

For co-star Michael Angarano, “Any motivation or research came from Max just being in my ear saying, ‘You can’t let Uma Thurman go in there and take advantage of you.’ Being told I needed to be a man, and act like a man, were very encouraging.”

Proud dad Henry Winkler came out to support the film, as did exec producer Jason Reitman, Blythe Danner and Ed Burns. Celebrations continued at Don Hill’s, where the younger Winkler showed off a few dance moves and made the rounds in a crowd that included Lindsay Lohan, Russell Simmons, Justin Theroux and Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer from Lonely Island.

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