“Little Miss Sunshine” co-helmer Jonathan Dayton was anxious before the screening of his pic at the Sundance Institute at BAM opening night Thursday.
Luckily, free martinis were available before and, if needed, during the screening.
“This is really the second time (since Sundance) the film has ever been seen, and we are very nervous about the New York audience taking this in, but thank God you have all been drinking,” Dayton joked before pic unspooled.
Dayton, his wife and co-director, Valerie Faris, and thesp Abigail Breslin mingled at BAM after-party with Patricia Clarkson, exec director of the Sundance Institute Ken Brecher and Sundance Film Festival director Geoffrey Gilmore.
“At first we didn’t really have much interest in making this film, because we thought it was about a beauty pageant,” Dayton explained. But after reading the script, “We were just stunned because we really felt like this was written for us to direct.”