“I feel like we’re in Woodstock,” Andrew Lauren joked, surveying the crowd gathered on the back lawn of The Crow’s Nest in Montauk on Friday night. Clusters of moviegoers were flopped down on tufted quilts, woolly blankets and floor pillows splayed across the hotel’s grassy yard while others cozied up in wooden lawn chairs. The chic set had gathered for a screening of “The Spectacular Now,” which Lauren produced; the event was hosted by the Cinema Society, The Hollywood Reporter and Samsung.
A gaggle of notables — including Lauren Bush Lauren, Melissa George, Shoshanna Gruss, Lisa Perry and Olivia Chantecaille — turned up to the of-the-moment locale, enjoying a rustic beach soiree before nestling into their viewing spots. Partiers descended a sodded hill to the hotel’s back, waterfront quarters. Shailene Woodley, the movie’s leading lady, quite smartly jettisoned her heels before hoofing it down. The coming-of-age tale, penned by “(500) Days of Summer” writers Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber, is about two high school seniors on opposite poles of the social spectrum who fall for each other. Woodley plays an overlooked wallflower to Miles Teller’s popular party boy.
“She’s very independent, very much to herself and very insecure, definitely an introvert,” Woodley said of her character moments before the film rolled. “Through their relationship, [Teller’s character] is able to bring out parts of her that she never knew existed, but through the process, she sort of loses herself a little bit.”
Strings of twinkling bulbs were festooned over the rows of picnic tables, each topped with glowing lanterns and bottles of bug spray. Guests sipped watermelon coolers and jalapeño margaritas while taking in the ebbing sea foam and crimson sunset.
After sampling the buffet — complete with a raw bar of oysters and clams, red quinoa tabouli and octopus salad and a selection of merguez and veggie kabobs — partiers made their way toward the large projection screen. “It’s like it’s camp and this is movie night,” Fiona Byrne said, plunked down on a nest of pillows.
Afterward, the crowd made their way toward the beach, where a bonfire was blazing under the starry sky. “Oh, to be in Montauk,” one guest sighed. “Can’t we just stay here forever?”