joe.jpgDoors opened about thirty minutes late for Saturday night's screening of Gregg Araki's latest, Mysterious Skin. Waiting outside Pace University in the rain, the woman in front of me had no problem voicing her dissent. "Four years it's been like this!" she said. "The screenings always start late, the venues are awful, the films are oversold - there's no way everyone in this line is getting into this thing."

She was wrong on that last one - when we finally were allowed to enter the auditorium, I spotted several empty seats. But it seems like most of the "buzz" going around Tribeca has less to do with Tribeca's films, and more to do with various faults with the festival's administration. Araki actually made a snarky comment about it at the start of his Q & A: when he, actors Brady Corbet and Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Mysterious Skin author Scott Heim hit the stage, there was only one microphone for the four of them. After asking a volunteer for additional mics, Araki muttered, "We're so well run here." Ouch.

But for the most part, like the film itself, Mysterious Skin's Q & A was a joy to attend, because everyone involved seemed incredibly enthusiastic about the film. With good reason - I think it's a rather astonishing piece. I'll post a full review of it soon, but I'll say that it's a huge leap forward for Araki, a filmmaker best known for The Doom Generation and other mid-90s exercises in countercultural excess, and surely the strongest film I've seen at Tribeca thus far. Click through for excerpts from the post-screening discussion after the jump.

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