On Sunday, July 24, 2011, I had the privilege of attending the NYC premiere of "One Night Stand," a documentary film directed by Elisabeth Sperling and Trish Dalton, at Newfest 2011, the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender film festival. "One Night Stand" chronicles the creation of the 2009 edition of the "24-hour Musicals," which since 2008 has been a benefit for The Exchange, a non-profit theater company in NYC that supports the development of new work and created by Ted Sperling. In the "24-Hour Musicals," four 15-minute musicals are created within a 24-hour period from blank page to full production. I was fortunate enough to be included in the pre-movie reception and after-party where I was to interview Elisabeth Sperling, one of the filmmakers.
I asked Elisabeth how she came up with the idea and concept for "One Night Stand" and she said the idea to make the documentary came when she attended a Latka party hosted by the director of "The Exchange" who was talking to her brother about organizing a documentary of 24-hour Musicals. Elisabeth went on to say, "I was looking for a topic for a film and they were talking about how people who took part in the 24-hour Musicals would start with nothing and come up with a topic overnight and write a musical. I thought if those were the experts coming up with the topic, I would like to be in that room with them. I said that would make really interesting fillm and they said, "Well, we need a videographer." So I thought about it for a week and do I really want to stay up all night long and how am I going to catch what's happening in all four rooms? I thought, if I do this, I want to do it right. I want to make a real film and that's what I decided to do with one month to plan it."
In addition to Elisabeth, I also interviewed some of the cast members from "24-hour Musicals" including Michael Longoria, Nellie McKay, Capathia Jenkins, Mandy Gonzalez, Ted Sperling, and Benj Pasek (all of which will be posting in the coming weeks). In addition to those just listed, I met some other really incredible people such as Matthew Rettenmund (the creator of the blog "boy culture" (which happens to be one of fellow "Adaumbelle's Quest" participant Jesse Archer's favorite websites)) along with his friend John. There was a Q&A after the movie with the filmmakers and some of the cast members. Thanks to Matthew, I had a front row seat to it. Matthew filmed the Q&A for "boy culture," which I have posted below. After the Q&A, Matthew was quick on his feet to help get a picture with Cheyenne. It's been a while since I've seen Cheyenne, so it was nice to have a few moments to catch up with him.
This edition of the "24 Hour Musicals" included such talented performers as Cheyenne Jackson, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Capathia Jenkins, Mandy Gonzalez, Michael Longoria, Nellie McKay, Richard Kind, Roger Bart, Rachel Dratch, Tamara Tunie, and Tracie Thoms. They performed scripts and music created by brilliant Brian Crawley, Gabriel Kahane, Gina Gionfriddo, Lance Horne, Rinne Groff, Justin Paul and Benj Pasek, Jonathan Marc Sherman, Robin Goldwasser and Julia Greenberg. Directing these musicals were the amazing Ted Sperling, Maria Mileaf, Trip Cullman, and Sam Gold.
Elisabeth and Trish did an outstanding job capturing this 24-hour period. They consolidated all of their film coverage down to 80 solid minutes which goes by very quickly. I was very engaged in the film because it was made professionally, eloquently, and most of all honestly. I felt everyone was depicted very well and no one made to look foolish. Elisabeth and Trish really captured the emotions, fears, and excitement of everyone involved. They are currently looking for backers and hope to bring this film to other festivals and wider release. If you are looking to invest in a film, I would recommend "One Night Stand." It will be one of the best "24-hours" of your life! Check out the trailer below and see for yourself!