On Sept. 17, 2015 “99 Homes” celebrated its New York premiere at AMC Loews Lincoln Square. The Broad Green Pictures’ release hits theaters today on Sept. 25. Star Michael Shannon and director Ramin Bahrani were in attendance. Also from the film: Tim Guinee, Noah Lomax and producers Ashok Amritraj and Kevin Turen walked the red carpet. In this timely thriller, when single father Dennis Nash (Golden Globe nominee Andrew Garfield) is evicted from his home, his only chance to win it back is to go to work for Rick Carver (Academy Award nominee Michael Shannon), the charismatic and ruthless businessman who evicted him in the first place.
Other notables who attended included JC Chandor, Kelly Choi, Ron Claiborne, Sarita Choudhury, Karen Elson, Toni Garrn, Judith Giuliani, Jessica Joffe, Thomas Matthews, Stone Phillips, Paul Sparks, Oliver Stone, Michael Stuhlbarg, Gay Talese, Barbara Walters, Celia Weston, Patrick Wilson, and Theodora Woolley. When asked if he attended an eviction to prepare, Shannon said, “No, I didn’t go to any evictions. I didn’t think that would be appropriate. I mean if I was getting evicted from my house I wouldn’t want some actor standing there saying ‘hey, I’m doing some research do you mind if I watch you cry.” So I talked to people about evictions. I talked to brokers that did evictions, but I didn’t actually go to any evictions.” When asked about the New York real estate scene Shannon said, “I think it’s idiotic. I think how much it costs to buy a place in New York is really stupid. I mean my sister just bought a house in New Orleans today for $245,000, a three bedroom house. I said in New York that would get you probably a five gallon drum if you’re lucky. So I think it’s gotten out of hand.”
When asked what attracted him to the project, Shannon said, “It was more just the story. I really would have played any character in this movie. I thought this movie was long overdue. I mean this crisis happened a few years ago and nobody would go near it with a ten foot pole and Ramin had the courage to go down there and get into it; figure out the human side of it as opposed to the mumbo jumbo you were reading in the newspapers.” Producer Ashok Amritraj said, “As a producer you get submitted a number of projects all the time and especially when you’ve been doing it as long as I have, you read all kinds of material and it’s so hard to find great original screenplays these days because it’s sequels and prequels. But this one just from the moment I picked it up and read it and then read it again it just got better. The characters are great. The emotions are very strong and the subject matter is very personal.”
Amritraj said of the casting, “These guys were the top choices for their roles. I mean you know Andrew is just a great face. He’s so sympathetic you know. He’s perfect for this and even when he’s sort of spiraling into this other world you still have a great sympathy for him. You know because he just comes off on screen so well and Michael is just one of the best actors in the world. I think Michael Shannon and Laura Dern just bring the acting to a different level.”