Sundance 2011: 'Son of No One' director: Bad press 'makes me nuts'
Sometimes a Sundance movie causes a ruckus before it even screens for the public. Dito Montiel's "Son of No One," a star-heavy film about a man carrying a burdensome secret that has its world premiere Friday night, was the subject of an online war of words this week after the Hollywood Reporter said in a story that there were walkouts at an early press screening and an agent representing the film lashed out on Twitter in response.
At a news conference Friday, the director acknowledged that he had been paying attention. "I'd like to say I don't read press, but I read everything," said Montiel, who was previously at the film festival with "A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints." "That stuff makes me nuts."
The filmmaker went on to say that he tried to chalk up divergent media reactions to differing tastes, then joked, "But I'm taking names down anyway."
When asked further if he thought "Son of No One" -- in which Katie Holmes, Channing Tatum and Al Pacino star -- was simply a polarizing movie, Montiel flashed a little bit of his punk past and waved the notion away. "Whatever," he said. "Joe Blow blog. The movie's great."
The movie rolls out at the Eccles Theater this evening; check back later for our report on whether there are any walkouts at this showing.
--Steven Zeitchik in Park City, Utah
Photo: "Son of No One." Credit: Sundance Film Festival