Tonight I talked with Parker Posey’s best friend!!! It was one of the more star-struck moments of my life (and gosh do I feel like a dork now).
Reverse time. Here’s the scene:
Several weeks ago: Amy and I sit down to figure out what movies to see at the film festival. “Oooh,” I say, “this one has Parker Posey in it! We must go!”
9:07 p.m. tonight: Amy and I leave the house for movie number 4 of the five we’re seeing this film fest. We take Spruce/South Streets into Center City, and spend the next 33 minutes looking for parking. Frantic, we go into the Holiday Inn Express parking lot off of Juniper and … um … two blocks south of Chestnut. Maybe Walnut.
9:44 p.m.: We dash into the sold-out Adam & Steve and head right to the front, knowing that the only seats that will be open are up there. Amazingly, we find 5 seats open in third row, and take them. Sitting next to us is a co-worker of mine and his partner (Hi Jeffrey!), and their friend, who just happens to be the writer/director’s assistant. Wave to Terry, dad of Lilly the dog, sitting a few rows behind us. Breathe for the first time in fifteen minutes, knowing that we won’t miss a thing.
9:50 p.m.: Craig Chester, the writer and director and main star of Adam & Steve, accepts an Artistic Achievement Award from the film festival. He is funny and makes us laugh.
9:55 p.m.: Movie starts. When Parker Posey’s name flashes in the opening credits, people clap. Hilarity ensues. I was laughing out loud for most of the movie. Apparently, it will be released in January to a larger audience (although I wasn’t sure if that meant in theaters or on DVD – I *hope* in theaters!) If you like slapstick humor and a good comedic farce, plus a few (too) brief moments of Robert-Smith-meets-Dee-Snyder surrealism, you’ll enjoy the film. Oh, and Parker Posey is in it. And she makes every film she’s in better.
11:45 p.m.: Film ends, lots of clapping, and Craig Chester gets back on-stage to answer questions. Peter Paige (from Queer as Folk, and from the movie we saw earlier in the day, “Say Uncle“) asks a question and gets a laugh from the audience. Craig confides that Parker is one of his best friends, and that many lines from the movie were lifted directly from conversations the two of them had. If I could have squealed out loud like a schoolgirl, I would have. Keep self quiet.
11:55 p.m.: Q&A ends, and people start to leave. As we walk out of the third row, Craig Chester is right there with my co-worker’s friend. CC looks at us and smiles, and I thank him for making such a fun movie. He smiles back, and asks if we’re together, and then says, “I love it when couples come to my movies!” Amy tells him that when we saw Parker Posey was in this, we had to come. And I tell him that we then found him too! Resist second urge to squeal out loud, and take our leave.
12:00 p.m.: Near the exit of the theater, Amy pipes up to the standing-there Peter Paige, telling him that she liked his movie earlier in the day. I ramble something incoherent as well, thanking him for making such a powerful film. He is kind and gracious, and has the most winning smile you’ve ever seen.
12:02 p.m.: Outside, we squeal like schoolgirls. We have talked with two actors who are actually well-known (in a certain community, anyway)! Then we begin the what-if game, and decide on the ride home that Parker will, indeed, know about us before the month is over, because her best friend will surely remember the two cute girls at the film who said goodbye to his assistant’s friend, with whom he will certainly talk tonight. And he will pass on our fandom to Parker, who will track us down and mail us some small press photo that she has signed, or something like that.
And that is how my Saturday night went. Parking karma early in the day, and Real Live Famous People later in the night. I couldn’t ask for more!