This Saturday, the Central Park Conservancy will be closing out this year's Central Park Film Festival by screening Clerks, the winner of its Viewers Choice film. And there will be a very special guest: Brian O'Halloran, who played Dante "I'm not even supposed to be here today!" Hicks in the film, will be introducing the film and doing a Q&A right before the 8 p.m. screening!
While Forrest Gump satisfied the nostalgic cravings of some movie goers in 1994, others were more intrigued by the bawdy brashness of a black-and-white film, made for $27,575 and set in a NJ convenience store and directed by its former employee, debut filmmaker Kevin Smith. The movie sparked classic phrases like "[37?] In a row?" "Asian design major," and "Noinch, Noinch, Noinch, Schmokin Weed, Schmokin' Weed, Doin' Coke, Drinkin' Beers."
While some might be surprised that Clerks (hello, snowballing?) is screening in the park, Dena Libner of the Central Park Conservancy said that they and sponsor Bloomberg "brainstormed movies that screamed 'cult classic.' As edgy as it can be, Clerks' status as a cult classic is undeniable, and it's popularity was confirmed by the number of people who voted to see it." (Last year's Viewers Choice options received less than a total of 1,000 votes between both of them, while Clerks got over 6,000 votes.)
Libner added that this year's films "have an edge... the artistic risk taken by their writers, actors and producers is part of the reason they've garnered such admiration and success." The Central Park Film Festival began on Tuesday with a showing of Do The Right Thing and last night was Pee Wee's Big Adventure. Tonight, The Big Lebowski will be screened and tomorrow night will offer Animal House.