“I had an open casting call for all the characters in my head, and this is who showed up,” said helmer Richard Linklater at the New York preem of his latest effort, the animated “Waking Life,” which was shown Friday as part of the 39th New York Film Festival.
“Some movies try to be a five-course meal,” said the notoriously low-key director. “I like to think of this film as more of a pot brownie.”
Following the screening, revelers made their way to Evelyn Lounge, the basement-level club across the street from the Museum of Natural History.
“My best experiences as an actor have been working with Richard Linklater,” said star Wiley Wiggins, who made his bigscreen debut in 1993’s “Dazed and Confused.” “It’s cool to finally be able to celebrate this movie in New York.”
At Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, the fest circuit favorite screened to a vocal, enthusiastic crowd that included Fox Searchlight president Peter Rice, animation director Bob Sabiston, producer Tommy Pallotta and executive producer John Sloss, plus stars Ethan Hawke, Adam Goldberg and Timothy “Speed” Levitch. The film opened Wednesday in New York.