On Nov. 10, atombash.com was on the scene for the opening night of MoMA’s Eighth Annual Contenders featuring “James White.” James White (Christopher Abbott) is a troubled twenty-something trying to stay afloat in a frenzied New York City. He retreats further into a self-destructive lifestyle, but as his mother (Cynthia Nixon) battles a serious illness, James is forced to take control of his life. Cast Christopher Abbott, Cynthia Nixon, Makenzie Leigh, David Call, writer/director Josh Mond, producers Antonio Campos, Max Born and Melody Roscher were all in attendance.
Following the screening, there was a Q&A with the cast moderated by Peter Travers, that was broadcast across 63 cities. People were able to participate through social media and then attendees were able to ask questions as well. A fun party followed at Lexington Brass. Running from Nov. 10, 2015 through Jan.15, 2016, The Contenders features films that are selected from major studio releases and top film festivals by curators in MoMA’s Department of Film. The series highlights the best of mainstream movies, independents, foreign-language films, documentaries, and art-house sensations that are contenders for lasting historical significance. The film’s stars will be at the Landmark Sunshine tonight, Saturday, and Sunday night to do Q&A’s.
Cynthia Nixon discussed her character, “Well she’s a single mom, she has a grown son. She wanted to be a writer herself and she didn’t have a lot of success at it but she put a lot of her dreams and ambition into her son. She’s worried about him, he’s a little bit of a screw-up at the moment. She’s been struggling with cancer and it comes back and she really has to turn to her son because she doesn’t have a husband, she doesn’t have a boyfriend, she doesn’t have a sister you know and he’s got to be her person. She feels terrible putting the pressure on him and he thinks maybe this will be the thing that helps him to grow up.”
On filming in New York she said, “It was great, you know I think it really conveys a sense of New York that kind of driving, restless energy of New York and there’s not a lot of showing of buildings and things but I think it captures the energy of the city really well.” She said she was attracted to the project because of the script and she loved working with Josh Mond. “He’s very collaborative but he knows what he wants,” she added.
Earlier in the evening, Montblanc honored Peter M. Brant in the 24th anniversary year of the Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Awards ceremony. Sienna Miller, Cameron Silver, and Dustin Yellin were a few of the notables in attendance. The intimate ceremony was held at at Kappo Masa, which was personally requested by Brant. Sienna Miller presented the award to Brant.