Meet Whit Stillman at 25th anniversary screening of ‘Metropolitan’ Wednesday

StillmanMy top film of 1990 was a quirky, intelligent romantic comedy about the idle rich called Metropolitan. It came out of nowhere to become an indie hit and win its first-time writer-director, Whit Stillman, an Oscar nomination for his screenplay. (He lost to the writing for Ghost; let that sink in for a second.) Stillman was initially heralded as the successor to Woody Allen, but with only four feature films to his credit (Barcelona, Last Days of Disco, Damsels in Distress), he’s been much more careful about his projects than the prolific Woodman. So getting a chance to parse his brain about the state of film is a rare opportunity. Which I will get on Wednesday night at the historic Texas Theatre in Oak Cliff. That’s where, at 7:30 p.m., the USA Film Festival will be screening Metropolitan for its the 25th anniversary, with Stillman in attendance. And I will be conducting a post-screening Q&A with him. Hope to see you there (you can get advance tickets here)!

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

The gay interview: Greta Gerwig

Once again, our entertainment correspondent Chris Azzopardi got a cool sit-down with Greta Gerwig — a nice companion piece to my earlier interview with her Damsels in Distress director Whit Stillman. She’s an up-and-comer — in my opinion, the next Chloe Sevigny. Here’s the chat — enjoy!

 Greta Gerwig: The New Gay-Loved Girl

It was only a matter of time before Greta Gerwig would enter gay consciousness. Roles in the Arthur remake, in Greenberg and as Natalie Portman’s bestie in No Strings Attached made her a bona fide character actress, but it was Damsels in Distress — gleefully riffing on the power of dance in suicide prevention — that earned her queer cred and movie star buzz. Why? Just ask her. “It’s like an absurdist college version of Mean Girls,” Gerwig says.

Gerwig, 28, stars in two recent films: Lola Versus, a post-breakup dramedy about one woman’s (reckless, slutty and drunken) journey to self-fulfillment, and the just-out Woody Allen comedy To Rome with Love, which is currently playing at Landmark’s Magnolia.

Charming and upbeat, Gerwig spoke to us about the gay best friend she didn’t have in Lola, how even straight guys can like Ani DiFranco and the best era to be lesbian.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones