As probably befits a man who makes a movie every eight years or so, Terrence Malick really isn't into doing publicity. And this is for real, not the Steven Spielberg "I'm not promoting my movie except for the odd cover story" approach - Malick just makes his movies and goes home, leaving them, for better or worse, to speak for themselves. Except, apparently, when it comes to little Bartlesville, Oklahoma, which has a population of less than 35,000.

Bartlesville, which also happens to be the hometown of Malick's parents, played host to a giant celeb-fest this week when it welcomed an advance screening of the director's The New World, accompanied by Malick himself, star Q'Orianka Kilcher, and a group of Native American actors who played major roles in the film. While everyone at New Line must have fainted dead away when their most reclusive director called them up and told them he was going to see his parents and wanted to take his movie along, to their credit they supported the venture, going so far as to send some medium-wigs along to the event.

After the screening, Malick and Kilcher (as well as, oddly, Malick's wife) took questions from the audience. Though no new ground was tread (Malick shot a lot of footage - "My attitude is always let it keep rolling" - and spent 10 months editing the film; Colin Farrell "was one of the gentlest gentlemen" to Kilcher), it's pretty awesome that the event took place at all. It's hard to think of too many other big name directors who would be willing to do something this personal and low-profile.

[via Risky Biz]
categories Movies, Cinematical