On Friday, March 11, 2011 I attended the gala World Premiere of Source Code
, the official Opening Night Film of the SXSW Film Festival. The sold-out screening took place at downtown Austin's historic 1500-seat Paramount Theater. The film was a selection in the Headliners section.
has so much going for it -- Moon
director Duncan Jones, the always-compelling Jake Gyllenhaal, and wunderkind producer Mark Gordon (The Day After Tomorrow, 2012
, CBS' Criminal Minds
), for a start. There's Michelle Monaghan (Due Date, Trucker, Gone Baby Gone
) and Vera Farmiga, who wowed me in Up in the Air
and with Keanu Reeves in Henry's Crime
at the 2009 and 2010 Toronto International Film Festivals, respectively.
Then there's Jake Gyllenhaal, who will always hold a place in my cinematic heart for his portrayal of Donnie Darko
, which sits near the top of my all-time favorite films list -- a movie which, ironically (or maybe not), bears some resemblance to this one, along with Eric Bress' underrated The Butterfly Effect
. Throw in Groundhog Day
for good measure and you have a taste of the territory covered in Source Code
I was weaned on Hitchcock, Serling, and Bradbury, with a love of sci-fi that especially revolves around alternate universes, amnesia, and time travel. Is he really dead? Was it just a dream? I have a passion for films that play with space and time -- movies which I cannot even name as the mere mention of their titles in the context of this genre spoils them for anyone who hasn't seen them. But Source Code
certainly fits the bill.
Director Duncan Jones was joined onstage after the screening for a Q&A by stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, and Vera Farmiga, along with writer Ben Ripley. SXSW Film Festival Director Janet Pierson moderated the discussion.
Here are some pictures I shot during the Q&A:
GALLERY (39 photos on 2 pages)