Film Review: Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself

Film Review: Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself

Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself airs Friday, May 16, on PBS’ American Masters series. Check local listings for times.

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IFFBoston ’12 Spotlight: Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself

IFFBoston ’12 Spotlight: Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself

Directed by Tom Bean and Luke Poling, Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself is a documentary about the writer, editor, amateur sportsman,and friend to many, George Plimpton.

The film uses Plimpton’s own voice, along with stories from friends, family, and contemporaries to paint a colorful picture of richly filled life.

Plimpton of course co-founded The Paris Review, one of the most influential literary magazines in history and is known for his participatory journalism – highlighted by books like Paper Lion (when George played quarterback for the Detroit Lions).

The IFFBoston screening is a preview screening, and has sold out! However, there rush tickets still available (IFFBoston holds a number of seats for pass holders, but 15 minutes before the show, they release any empty seats to the rush line). Make sure to show up well before the screening to try to get in. Lonelyreviewer will have a one-on-one interview with the filmmakers during the festival, so make sure to check back for that!

Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton As Himself screens at IFFBoston at the Brattle Theater, Sunday, April 29th, at 5:30pm.

UPDATED: Who will be at IFFBoston 2012?

One of the best parts of the Independent Film Festival of Boston are the great Q&A’s that follow the film, last year featured the great Kevin Clash in an amazing Q&A for “Being Elmo.” We’re going to try to keep you guys in the know for who will be attending the screenings of their films at IFFBoston ’12, and this is whose coming so far, the list will keep expanding as we get closer, so be sure to check-back!

Ira Glass
co-writer of SLEEPWALK WITH ME

Julie Delpy
director/star of 2 DAYS IN NEW YORK

Guy Maddin (Will be Skyping in for Q&A)
director, Keyhole

Xan Aranda
director of ANDREW BIRD: FEVER YEAR

David France
director of HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE

Tom Putnam & Brenna Sanchez
directors of BURN

Denis Leary
producer of BURN

Matt Ruskin
director of BOOSTER

Nico Stone
star of BOOSTER

Seymour Cassel
star of BOOSTER

Tom O’Brien
director of FAIRHAVEN

Bobcat Goldthwait
director of GOD BLESS AMERICA

Bishop Gene Robinson
focus of the documentary LIVE FREE OR DIE

David Redmon & Ashley Sabin
directors of GIRL MODEL and DOWNEAST

Ben Shapiro
director of GREGORY CREWDSON: BRIEF ENCOUNTERS

Steve Maing
director of HIGH TECH, LOW LIFE

Scout Shannon
director of JUST LIKE BEING THERE

Beth Murphy
director of THE LIST

Rebecca Richman Cohen
director of CODE OF THE WEST

Macky Alston
director of LOVE FREE OR DIE

Nate Meyer
director of SEE GIRL RUN

Jonathan Lisecki
director of GAYBY

Stephen Kessler
director of PAUL WILLIAMS: STILL ALIVE

Ry Russo-Young
director of NOBODY WALKS

Alex Karpovsky
director/star of RUBBERNECK

Garth Donovan
co-writer/producer of RUBBERNECK

Keith Miller
director of WELCOME TO PINE HILL

Victoria Bruce and Karin Hayes
directors of WE’RE NOT BROKE

Alvin Case
director of THE WHIRLPOOL

Bryan Wizemann
director of THINK OF ME

Juan Vallejo
director of CERRO RICO, TIERRA RICA

Daniel Martinico
director of OK, GOOD

Trish Dalton & Elisabeth Sperling
director of ONE NIGHT STAND

Alison Klayman
director of AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY

Grant Hamilton
director of TIME ZERO: THE LAST YEAR OF POLAROID FILM

Brian Knappenberger
director of WE ARE LEGION: THE STORY OF THE HACKTIVISTS

Jeffrey Kimball
director of THE CENTRAL PARK EFFECT

Caveh Zahedi
director of THE SHIEK AND I

Neil Berkeley
director of BEAUTY IS EMBARRASSING

Jay Bulger
director of BEWARE OF MR.BAKER

Lauren Greenfield
director of THE QUEEN OF VERSAILLES

Todd Solondz
director of DARK HORSE

Jordan Gelber
star of DARK HORSE

Ted Hope
producer of DARK HORSE

Ricki Stern & Annie Sundberg
directors of KNUCKLEBALL!

Tom Bean & Luke Poling
directors of PLIMPTON! STARRING GEORGE PLIMPTON AS HIMSELF

Lyda Kuth
director of LOVE AND OTHER ANXIETIES

Tim Cawley
director of FROM NOTHING, SOMETHING

Drew Stone
director of ALL AGES: THE BOSTON HARDCORE FILM

Tom & Melissa Dowler
directors of 24 HOURS AT THE SOUTH STREET DINER

Howard Libov
director of AGLOW

Joshua Weinstein
director of I BEAT MIKE TYSON

Cynthia Wade
director of MONDAYS AT RACINE

John Wilson & Chris Maggio
directors of PEOPLE PARADE