Last night, our own editor Joey Magidson was in attendance for the New York Film Festival’s Spotlight Gala of Bradley Cooper‘s Maestro. In addition to writer Josh Singer, as well as subject Leonard Bernstein‘s children, many of the crew were on hand. However, they weren’t the only ones, as Cooper himself actually was able to show up.
Apparently, because he was just watching and not promoting the work, he was able to sit in the crowd and watch his film. This is part of the SAG-AFTRA strike agreement, but is notable because Cooper skipped all press at the Venice Film Festival premiere. Now, he wasn’t doing press, and just experiencing it alongside Joey and company, but it’s still noteworthy. Look for his review this morning of the movie, but this was a very interesting development in New York City yesterday evening.
This is the press release, sans Cooper, that Netflix put out last night:
Tonight, October 2nd 2023, MAESTRO had its New York Premiere at historic David Geffen Hall as the New York Film Festival’s Spotlight Gala.
In attendance were producers Kristie Macosko Krieger, Fred Berner and Amy Durning, and co-writer Josh Singer. Leonard Bernstein’s children, Jamie, Alex, and Nina Bernstein, were also in attendance.
Several crafts talent also celebrated the film, including cinematographer Matthew Libatique, makeup artist Kazu Hiro, production designer Kevin Thompson, costume designer Mark Bridges, production sound mixer Steve Morrow, and conducting consultant Yannick Nézet-Séguin.
Adam Crane, New York Philharmonic’s Vice President of External Affairs, introduced the film.