[Filming in Tompkins Square Park in May 2014 via Michael Donovan]
As you may recall, filmmakers Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini filmed around the East Village in early 2014 for their low-budget adaption of the Eleanor Henderson 1980s novel "Ten Thousand Saints."
The movie, which stars Hailee Steinfeld, Asa Butterfield, Emile Hirsch, Emily Mortimer and Ethan Hawke, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this past January.
The trailer for "Saints" arrived today…
A recap today at /Film was fairly unkind about "Saints":
While the cast is impressive and the story has a lot of promise, in truth I can’t think of a film from Sundance 2015 I liked less than Ten Thousand Saints. While Hawke is charming as hell, the storytelling is labored, the hardcore scene as depicted feels put-on and phony, and the use of the Tompkins Square Park riot comes off as misguided appropriation. I don’t know if those qualities are endemic to the source novel by Eleanor Henderson, but the film may be best appreciated by hardcore fans of any of the particular cast members.
On the more positive side, Variety declared it a "warmly conceived dramedy [that] will likely resonate strongest with audiences who have a direct connection to the story’s place and time" … while The Hollywood Reporter called it "a sensitive but not overserious coming-of-age pic with a strong sense of place."
"Saints" opens here on Aug. 14.
Previously on EV Grieve:
Filmmakers will recreate the Tompkins Square Park Riot of 1988 this Thursday night
Film crew recreates 'tent city' in Tompkins Square Park
Film crew uses 'D Squat' and phone booths to recreate an 1980s East Village on 6th Street
[Updated] First Avenue subbing for Avenue D today
Another 'riot' in Tompkins Square Park, this time for the cameras