Last night the Metrograph movie theater in Manhattan hosted the NYC premiere of ‘Patti Cake$’ the Sundance hit film making its national debut in theaters across the country August 18th.
The film follows an aspiring rapper looking to escape her hometown in New Jersey through fame and fortune. The Knockturnal was on hand at last night’s premiere and was able to speak with some of the cast on the red carpet. Hollywood veteran Cathy Moriarty, who plays Patti’s ailing yet sassy grandmother in the film, said what drew her to the project was the passion of director Geremy Jasper, “Visually I saw how eclectic he was and how talented he was. His writing is so pristine that his character development was on the page, all you had to do was bring it to life.” She said the director’s talent overshadowed any reservations she had about taking the role, “When he asked me to play Nana, I was like ‘but she’s 75 years old!’ and he goes ‘but will you play her?’ I said shit yeah!”
The cast showed up to the red carpet along with director Geremy Jasper before the screening for a quick photo op, Danielle Macdonald (Patti), Siddharth Dhananjay, Mamoudou Athie, Bridget Everett, and Cathy Moriarty included. In addition, celebrity guests Alan Cumming, Dylan Sprouse, and Tavi Gevinson were also present for the festivities.
Following the film, a lighthearted “Patti” themed reception took place in the Metrograph, with a photo booth and fun DJ to boot, where everyone involved in the film was able to celebrate its well received release.