New York Film Fest: Weekend Highlighted By ‘llewyn Davis’ Premiere, Star-studded Charity Concert
Wilson, effective June 25. July 8, 1982 Sills announces the company’s traditional spring and fall seasons will be combined into a July-December season starting in 1983. July 7-Aug. 29, 1983 Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians strikes the day before opening night, canceling what was to have been the first summer season. The season, shortened to 60 performances, opens Sept. 21 with Massenet’s “Cendrillon” with supertitles projected above the stage for the first time. Sept. 2, 1985 A warehouse fire in Passaic, N.J., destroys most of the company’s costumes, except for the current season’s productions, which were at the New York State Theater. Sept. 2, 1988 Conductor Christopher Keene selected to replace Sills as general director starting in March 1989. Keene had been music director from 1983-86. Sept. 13-Nov.
It then resurfaced earlier this month at the Telluride Film Festival, where the Coens and executive music producer T-Bone Burnett — with whom they teamed on The Big Lebowski (1998), O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000), The Ladykillers (2004) and now this film — received a special tribute. And, on Saturday evening, it arrived in Gotham, with almost all of the creative team responsible for it on hand to take a pre-screening bow: the Coens were joined by Burnett, associate produer/singer Marcus Mumford and stars Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, John Goodman, Garrett Hedlund, F. Murray Abraham, Adam Driver and Alex Karpovsky, among others. (Justin Timberlake was unable to attend as he is on tour in London.) At the end of the film, the tough New York audience offered it a strong round of applause. PHOTOS: New York Film Festival 2013: 13 Movies to Know But the major fireworks were saved for Sunday evening’s sold-out concert, a portion of the proceeds from which will benefit the National Recording Preservation Foundation. I’m told that the idea for it was initially raised by Burnett and the Coens — who previously put together a concert tour for O Brother — and that it was then quickly coordinated by the film’s super-producer Scott Rudin, CBS Films co-president Terry Press, CBS president and CEO Leslie Moonves and Showtime chairman and CEO Matt Blank. Regardless, it’s hard to imagine that any other “pseudo-event” could have done a better job at raising awareness of and sparking excitement about the upcoming film than this event, which sold out the 1,500-seat Town Hall venue in less than 12 minutes. (Among those in attendance were Zooey Deschanel, Jesse Eisenberg, John Gallagher, Jr., Bennett Miller, D.A. Pennebaker, Paul Rudd and Edgar Wright.) The three-and-a-half hour event, which was essentially emceed by a wise-cracking Goodman, featured performances of original songs that are heard in the film and of other tunes from the early sixties that inspired them, performed in an order that reflected the evolution of the folk genre. It boasted an eclectic but first-rate lineup of musical talents, ranging from sixties music icon Joan Baez to seventies music icon Patti Smith to “Justin Timberlake’s understudy” Elvis Costello to numerous singing sensations of today, including Mumford, The Avett Brothers, Rhiannon Giddens of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Lake Street Drive, Colin Meloy of The Decemberists, Lake Street Drive, The Milk Carton Kids, Conor Oberst, Punch Brothers, The Secret Sisters, Dave Rawlings Machine, Willie Watson, Gillian Welch, Jack White. They were joined on-stage by the film’s own Isaac (humble but confident and capable), Mulligan (nervous despite singing well on-screen in Shame and Llewyn Davis), Driver (every bit as odd and amusing a performer off-screen as on) and Stark Sands.