The 15th Annual Gen Art Film Festival comes to a close tonight with the premiere of Mercy, directed by Patrick Hoelck and starring Scott Caan (who also wrote the script), and though the film is apparently sold out, I believe there's still room for you to slide in to the after party over at New York City's famed BLVD nightclub (check the official Gen Art site for more details). For those who missed it, this year's festival was a blast -- the films played great, the weather was fantastic and the after parties went all night. Raise your hand if you made it out for at least one of the nights. What did you see? Did you like it? Did you enjoy your festival experience?
My favorite film of the festival, I think, has to be Adrian Grenier's Teenage Paparazzo. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this documentary about a 13-year-old paparazzo who starts out photographing celebs alongside the seasoned veterans before slowly turning into a celebrity himself. Grenier truly attempts to capture this world with balanced optimism, interviewing folks like Matt Damon, Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton before attempting to become a member of the paparazzi himself, out in search of the kind of rush you get after chasing down that thousand dollar picture. It's a seedy world for sure, but it's addicting and fascinating and insanely lucrative. Teenage Paparazzo will hit HBO later this year; keep an eye out for our full review.
As always, the entertaining vlogger David Jr. was covering every square inch of this year's festival with his tiny camera, thick beard and absurd questions about UFOs. We've gone and posted a bunch of his nightly recap videos (complete with red carpet interviews and shots of moviegoers drunk off free booze at the after parties) after the jump for you to check out. And to learn more about Gen Art and their annual film festival, head over to their official site.