Probably one of the fastest films to be released out of this years Sundance Film Festival is Director Miguel Arterta‘s comedy Cedar Rapids starring Ed Helms, John C. Reilly, Anne Heche and Isiah Whitlock Jr. My one biggest problem with this film is that it wasn’t a Sundance film, it was a “movie”, made for watching with your friends at your local theater with a tub of popcorn, kicking up your feet and having a good ol’ time. Now, I’m not saying that in the world of serious, depressing, artistic visions that sometimes it’s not nice to get a brain-break with something like Cedar Rapids, it just wasn’t what one would expect at a festival, it is however a really fun film that is ready and ripe for the viewers picking!
We were lucky enough to sit down with Miguel out at Sundance and talk to him about his film. Sadly they didn’t exactly have private rooms for their interviewees so the interview is a touch noisy and he does speak rather softy. That being said, he was still an interesting interview and had some great advice for both new and weathered filmmakers who need to find their peace with filmmaking.
As he says below, in making Cedar Rapids he was in a happier place than some of his previous work and it’s well reflected in the fun times that we see in the film. The best of which is Robot Reilly (don’t worry it’s not a spoiler, but you’ll get it soon enough).
Check out our interview with Miguel below…
Great advice huh? He’s a real veteran of the Sundance world and hopefully people will be able to find the love and joy in Cedar Rapids that he attempted to put in it. It’s really a fun film, well acted, sweet story, surprising moments, not to be missed.
Check out Cedar Rapids in theaters February 11th.