Win win I attended the Red Carpet Press Event on March 14, 2011, for the opening premiere of WIN WIN at Austin’s Paramount Theatre during the South by Southwest Film Festival (SXSW).

We had to arrive an hour and a half before the producer, actors and director arrived. During that time, the film publicists checked you in and lined you up in a particular location at the edge of the red carpet, which was set up in an L shape that led into the theatre.

The cast included talent Paul Giamatti, most known for his stunning and humorous performance in Sideways (aka I don’t drink Merlot), Amy Ryan and new to the stage Alex Schaffer who was a young boxer who tried out for a part for the first time. Tom McCarthy was the film’s Director/Writer. 

Below is a live broadcast interview they did the day before the premiere which I attended as an observer. 

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Should you see the film? Absolutely! Here’s the storyline: disheartened attorney Mike Flaherty (Giamatti), who moonlights as a high school wrestling coach, stumbles across a star athlete through some questionable business dealings while trying to support his family. Just as it looks like he will get a double payday, the boy’s mother shows up fresh from rehab and flat broke, threatening to derail everything. As always Giamatti brings you in for more of his quirky and funny personality regardless of what role he plays. 

Here’s a handful of snapshots I took at the Red Carpet Event:

Amy Ryan: warm, engaging, charming and playful 

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Paul Giamatti: funny, direct, warm, engaging….wish I had more time

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Tom McCarthy:
 smart, honest, sincere, soive, reflective (also wish I had more time: we seem to have similar roots)

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Alex Schaffer:
youthful, shy, adorable….shocked to discover that it was his first time in a film role

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Below is the video footage I took of the cast and director getting interviewed along the Red Carpet while I largely shot stills:

Here’s a review by the Christian Science Monitor. One other note: Tom McCarthy’s latest film (The Station Agent The Visitor) was also a big fan favorite at Sundance. I had a chance to talk to him briefly and in my brief exchange, all I can say is thumbs up.

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