linklater.jpgA timely reminder why I don’t particularly enjoy press junkets. I was at the Regency on Park Ave yesterday morning for a marathon roundtable session for Fast Food Nation: Eric Schlosser, Wilmer Valderrama, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Bobby Cannavale, Paul Dano, and Richard Linklater. Don’t get me wrong, all of these people proved friendly, talented, and smart, and I’d love to hang out with every single one of them–especially Schlosser and Linklater.

But sharing them with a table full of wide-eyed interns, self-promoting film critics, and aggressive vegan activists for twenty-minute stints in crowded hotel rooms to repeat what they already said for the press kit while their publicists are hovering over them with an eye on the clock is more than a little bit frustrating. I got in one non-starter question with Linklater and otherwise resigned myself to trying to absorb some of his dedication and energy. Now I have a couple of hours worth of audio to transcribe for a proper About.com write-up….

[tags]film, press, film critics, interviews, richard linklater, eric schlosser[/tags]