How did you decide to include it?
The Tea Party film is really one of the first films that's very much "of the other side" that we've shown. Usually when we get submissions that are a global warming-denier sort of thing, they could go right up on Fox News, it's just 'The other side is stupid, we're right, you're wrong,' and they don't give you the reasons for their arguments. We get submissions of those kinds of things occasionally, and every time one comes in, we go, 'Can we?' Then we look at it, and after five minutes, we go, 'Uh-uh. Because this doesn't help.' But this is one of the things we want to do: How do you create that space for dialogue? … I was really pleased that we found a film like Party Crashers that we were able to program that actually does add to the discussion.
What's your favorite film in this year's lineup?
I can never say a favorite. As we put the festival together I go, 'Oh, I love that one, I love that one.' But there are also some of them that I don't like so much as films, but when you put them together with the rest of the program, I feel like the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Individually there are some films I like more, but I actually really like the construction of the festival as a whole.
Tuesday-Sunday, Sept. 18-23