Yesterday night my friend Angela and her friend from Miami also named Tara (although she says it like Tare-a piece of paper) and I went to an advanced screening of Neverwas on the 5th day of the GenArt Film Festival. The sentimental drama is an independent film with a big picture cast and a polished artsy feel, evoking the very fairy tale imagery, which the story is centered around.
A psychiatrist, Zach Riley, played by Aaron Eckhart (Thank You for Smoking), leaves an academic career to work at an institution where his father (Nick Nolte), a novelist of a renowned children's book called Neverwas, lived during different periods of his life while suffering from manic depression. At the hospital Zach encounters a schizophrenic (Ian McKellen) named Gabriel, who believes he is a real character from Neverwas and that the story is real. Desiring to understand both the book and the man, Zach becomes obsessed with finding out more about how his father lived out his final years. With the help of this delusional patient and a childhood friend's (Brittany Murphy) obsession with the fairytale helps Zach to discover the stories' secrets and his own place in the fantasy world created by his father. As he digs deeper and becomes closer to Gabriel it causes him to reevaluate his own childhood and wonder, what if Neverwas really exists? William Hurt also stars as the hospital's head doctor and Jessica Lange plays Zach's widowed mother. You can read my full review on Film School Rejects.
Eckhart was supposed to be at the after party at Embassy but was delayed due to filming somewhere else in the city on another project. Cold Stone Creamery was there to give out cups of their ice cream and luckily the Birthday Remix was on hand, it's my fav, yum. The photo takers Joonbug were there as usual snapping photos, here are three photos they took of us, which are now on their site. When the guy was taking the photos we were right near the bar and it was so crowded that he was flashing in and around heads that were bobbing by, thus me laughing in one photo. Angela, in the middle, is my childhood friend who is now pursuing a modeling career. I'm her self proclaimed publicist so please contact me if you have work for her ;)
PS: I didn't win the lotto yesterday, surprise surprise right? Actually it's fitting since my dad never won much either.