“Jonathan Demme sent [the project] to my husband and I, and when he says something’s worth taking a look at, you take a look at it,” Anne Hathaway said on Tuesday night. She was working the press line at the Landmark Sunshine Cinema in downtown Manhattan, promoting “Song One,” her indie film that made its debut at the Sundance Film Festival almost exactly a year ago and to which she gained her first producer credit. It had finally made its way to the big city.
“I was attracted to the film’s quietness,” she continued, looking ever the chic movie star in a stark white IRO pantsuit. She had just arrived to the Cinema Society and Tod’s cohosted premiere and was waxing on about the difference between studio roles and projects with more humble budgets. “Honestly, I like working with passionate people, and you find them everywhere. The biggest difference between a big studio movie [and an indie] is the financing usually holds throughout,” she paused. “And there’s usually more variety in the catering.”
Hathaway plays the title role as Franny, a young woman who returns from her academic pursuits abroad when her little brother, an aspiring musician living in (where else?) Brooklyn, falls into a coma. After discovering his journal, she embarks on a musical tour to visit her brother’s favorite local hipster haunts and musical acts. Predictably, she ends up falling for one of the musicians, played by British musician-actor Johnny Flynn.
“When I started this process, I had been to some venues, but I actually wasn’t that familiar with the Brooklyn music scene,” she said. “I’m not sure, even after making this, what the Brooklyn scene is per se. When we were making it, my favorite place to just chill out and listen to music was just Kate [Barker-Froyland, director] and Thomas’ [Froyland, executive producer] living room.”
Which, it’s worth noting, is located in Brooklyn.