Back to Sundance Jan 24

I'm so excited to be working right now on the final sound mix of They Came Together -- adding in the amazing score (by Craig Wedren & Matt Novack) and putting the final touches on a labor of love that was conceived (by Michael Showalter and me) not long after we made Wet Hot American Summer.

The script never got made but we never lost our passion for it. So two years ago, we pulled it out to do a live reading SF Sketchfest, just for fun.

They Came Together reading, Jan 2012, San Francisco Sketchfest

Well it was so much fun we ended up shooting the movie, the next summer in Brooklyn.

Our insanely funny cast includes Wet Hot alums Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Christopher Meloni, Michael Ian Black, Ken Marino and Zak Orth. (Along with Ed Helms, Cobie Smulders, Jason Mantzoukas, Bill Hader, Ellie Kemper and many more.)

On the set of They Came Together

On the set of They Came Together

And now I'm thrilled to be returning to the Sundance Film Festival where we first premiered Wet Hot in 2001.

Sundance Wet Hot party, 2001. (Left to right: Jake Fogelnest, Marguerite Moreau, David Wain, Kabira Stokes, Zak Orth, Elizabeth Banks, Joe Lo Truglio, Ken Marino)

This will be my 6th Sundance.  

We premiered The Ten there in 2007, and my film Aisle Six was in the shorts program in 1993. That year I slept in a some sort of communal hotel where there were rows of bunk beds and they never turned off the lights at night.

Introducing The Ten cast members A.D. Miles, Paul Rudd, Winona Ryder, Famke Janssen at Sundance 2007.

Introducing The Ten cast members A.D. Miles, Paul Rudd, Winona Ryder, Famke Janssen at Sundance 2007.

Interviewing Paris Hilton at Sundance, 2006.

Interviewing Paris Hilton at Sundance, 2006.

In 2006 I went as a VH1 "Best Week Ever" correspondent.

And then the weirdest year was 2008 when I was there as a sort of host/representative/salesman for Microsoft's (then new) HD-DVD format. They opened a storefront on Main Street to promote their this type of hi-def DVD that they were hoping would win the war with Blu-Ray to dominate the market.

The irony was that by the time the festival started it was already painfully clear that they had lost.  But it was too late to cancel the promotional blitz, so I spent a few fun days at demos and parties celebrating a super-high tech new form of home video that was already a footnote.

One of the only titles released on HD-DVD

One of the only titles released on HD-DVD

So anyway, if you will be (or can be) in Park City January 24th, come on down to the Eccles theater and celebrate with all of us!

Ticket info here. 

My New Documentary Debuts TONIGHT

As many of you know, there was an accident on the set of Childrens Hospital when we were shooting our season finale ("The Coming" airs 10/24).  There's been a lot of talk about exactly what happened but I'll leave that speculation to others.  

But one thing that it brought into relief for me was the nature of the love/hate relationship I've had over the years with one of our long-time cast members, Just Falcon.  

Just Falcon at home (2012)

Just Falcon at home (2012)

I met Just Falcon in 1987 when we were both drama students.  We lived together in a ramshackle house during those early years. Even then I recognized his special gift.  It needed my shaping and guidance, of course, but the raw talent was there.

Falcon and me in our college days.

Falcon and me in our college days.

After doing a series of shorts together, Falcon starred in my first feature film, The Sandwich which won the Croque Monsieur Award at Cannes. 

My first film: The Sandwich  (click to view)

Just Falcon as "Dr. Glenn Richie"

Just Falcon as "Dr. Glenn Richie"

But he will always be known best to TV fans as Dr. Glenn Richie, the suave yet Jewish head of plastic surgery at the titular institution on Childrens Hospital.

As fruitful and legendary as our creative relationship has been, it has taken its toll on me personally over the decades. This is the duality that I have chosen to explore in the form of a new documentary, My Friend Falcon, which airs tonight (Thurs 10/17/13) at 12 midnight on Adult Swim, in the time slot normally occupied by Childrens Hospital.

The film is a personal exploration. It asks many questions. As for the answers, well, that might be for you all to decide. I hope you'll watch tomorrow night and join me on this spiritual journey -- a journey to find the soul of a man -- and a friendship.

Best, 

David Wain

 

EDIT: If you missed it, you can see on iTunes or YouTube

 

10 REASONS YOU CAN'T MISS THIS WEEK'S CHILDRENS HOSPITAL

1. THE TITLE OF THE EPISODE


Personally I'd watch even The News Room or The Carrie Diaries, if the episode was "The Gang Gets Sushi". 

 

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2. LOLA DOES IMPRESSIONS

Hear Lola (Erinn Hayes) expertly mimic her fellow doctors keep them AND YOU in stitches! And not just the surgical kind! 

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3. "PHOTO FUN"

W created a fictional photo-processing app JUST FOR THIS EPISODE! See it in action!

 

4. DR. BRIAN IS BACK

Jordan Peele returns as Dr. Brian and YES he gets slapped! Righteous!  

5. LOLA'S BADASS TRAINING MONTAGE IN A BLACK TANK TOP

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6. PART OF IT TAKES PLACE AT THIS SWEET MANSION IN BELGIUM

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7. FROM THE DIRECTOR OF ROLE MODELS

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8. I FORGET WHAT 8 WAS FOR

9. THE ENDING MADE TEST AUDIENCES WEEP

10. YEAH! GO FOR IT!

Childrens Hospital
"The Gang Gets Sushi"
premieres Thurs 8/29
12 midnight
adult swim