It was all about Brooklyn Tuesday night as IFC Films hosted the New York premiere of Jim McKay’s “Our Song” at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s BAM Rose Cinemas.
As the audience included many of the Crown Heights residents who became amateur actors for the film about a trio of teenage Brooklynites, the screening was punctuated throughout by half-muffled bursts of recognition of neighbors and the neighborhood.
At the after-party in the BAM Cinematek Cafe, members of the local Jackie Robinson Steppers Marching Band wowed the assembled with an elaborately choreographed 15-minute set (“Try playing a tuba even without dancing,” was the challenge traded by many an impressed onlooker).
McKay described his work’s focus on urban teenage girls as both politically and creatively motivated. “There’s been almost nothing done about young women of color,” he told Daily Variety. “Also, the less there is out there, the more original you can be. There’s so little that you don’t even have to be that original. You can just be.”
Joining cast members Melissa Martinez, Anna Simpson and Kerry Washington, producers Paul S. Mezey and Diana E. Williams and IFC execs Caroline Kaplan, Jonathan Sehring and Bob Berney were guests Bruno de Almeida, Andre Braugher, David Moscow and Marisa Tomei.