Glenn And MoMA Film Curator, Jenny He
The Museum of Modern Art invited me to speak at the museum's final screening of BEETLEJUICE this month. It was quite an honor and so much fun! They flew me to New York and booked me into The Warwick, just across the street from MoMA. Jenny arranged a private tour of Tim's career retrospective so my friends could get a good viewing before the throngs of this sell-out installation swamped the museum. I was so busy that I took very few pictures, but have gathered a few from friends.
The kids at the screening of Michael Lehmann's HEATHERS
By chance, Michael Lehmann's HEATHERS was screening at 5pm to a group of High School students so I popped over and introduced that little cult classic at 5pm. I had the kids all raise their hands and scream "Eskimo". Since I had a sold out screening of BEETLEJUICE I could not stay for the film but got to tell a bit about it's origins before the show.
At 7pm I spoke to the BEETLEJUICE crowd and related my stories of the making of the film. Among my guests were Mr. and Mrs. Michael Gordon, K .Blaine Johnson, recent Academy Award nominee, Rebecca Cammisa (for her feature length documentary, WHICH WAY HOME), author and actress, Mari Gorman, TRUTH WINS OUT founder, Wayne Besen, Shade Rupe, Ian Fedorchik, Joseph Adams and pictured below my friends from Birmingham, James and Mollie Pittman.
James Gunter (left) Mollie Pittman (right)
My talk before the film was a way of honoring Tim and all the people in front and behind the camera that I came to know and love. I told the story of how I (with essentially no film credits) was cast by Tim and the incredibly loving atmosphere on the set--one the likes of I have yet to experience again. I did stay and watch this screening and for the Q&A I pulled out of my bag the oriental robe I wore in the film and wore it back on stage. Sounds silly but it was just so much fun for the crowd (and for me!) The Q&A lasted until MoMA dimmed the lights and I met with fans outside. It was such a sweet way to end this magnificent retrospective of Tim's wild creativity. The installation closed yesterday, April 26 and will be going on to Toronto and Los Angeles and the goodness knows where! Also got a chance to see Valerie Harper as Tallulah Bankhead and a magnificent production of A Little Night Music with my beloved Angela Landesbury. It was a magical time in Manhattan.
James Gunter and Glenn inside Robert Indiana's LOVE sculpture