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Columbia screens, hosts ‘The Kings of Summer’
A May 1 advanced screening of “The Kings of Summer,” an indie film currently touring the country after appearing at the Sundance Film Festival in January, left no open seats at Film Row Cinema, 1104 S. Wabash Ave.
Columbia students were treated to an advanced screening of the film, which has a May 31 theatrical release, after which three of the film’s stars were present to
The actors who fielded audience questions were Nick Robinson, who plays Joe Troy and is known for his role in “Melissa
& Joey,” Gabriel Basso, who plays Patrick Keenan and is known for his role on “The Big C,” and Moisés Arias, who plays Biaggio and is known for his role on
“The Kings of Summer” follows three Ohio teenagers who decide to run away from home and build a house in a forest during the summer. While in the forest, their friendship is tested by nature and one another.
“[‘The Kings of Summer’] really was a passion project,” Robinson said. “We were all [involved] because we really believed in
The film was directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts, an ’06 Columbia film & video alumnus, who was unable to attend the event because he was working on remixing the sound for the theatrical release, according to Sandra Cuprisin, an administrative assistant in the Film &
According to Cuprisin, Allied-THA, the film’s public relations agency, approached the Film & Video Department to host the advanced screening. To obtain tickets to the event, attendees had to enter an RSVP code on Gofobo.com, a website dedicated to screening films prior to their official releases.
“They really wanted our students to help spread the word because a little gem of a film like this is not going to get noticed without help,”
More than 600 tickets were downloaded via the website, but not everyone who downloaded a ticket showed up, Cuprisin said.
Some moviegoers opted to stand in the aisle when there were no available seats. According to Cuprisin, Film Row Cinema seats
During the panel following the screening, the actors discussed merits of the film’s script, the short 23-day filming period and the type of acting it demanded of them.
The art of improvisation played a huge part in the film, according to Arias. He said the three young stars were required to take improvisation classes because so many scenes required it.
“We had ultimate freedom to do whatever we wanted,” Arias said. “It was incredible to see how it all came together.”
Arias said he has previously worked on numerous indie films but acknowledged that some of them weren’t of the highest quality. He said “The Kings of Summer” was one of his favorites, despite the short
“I was astonished by how artistic the film was,” he said. “There was a lot of hard work crammed into the 23 days it took to film the movie.”
Robinson said he liked the coming-of-age theme that resonates throughout the movie, which he said was reflected in the script.
“I fell in love with the script because it did a great job of capturing what is like being 15,” Robinson said. “We were playing [our roles] as boys who wanted to be men.”
Basso said he favored the script because he felt a personal connection to his character.
“Very rarely do I laugh out loud when I read a script, but it was hilarious,” Basso said. “[My character] really wants to escape from his parents, and I identify with him because I was the same way when I was his age.”
Madison Swart, a sophomore film & video major, said she thought the film’s acting and cinematography were phenomenal, and she also appreciated its story line and
“Everyone at Columbia aspires to make films like this that are good, quality movies that are entertaining that can appeal not only to filmmakers but every kind of audience member,” Swart said.