Asbury Park Music & Film Fest Part 2: Oh Danny Boys
This is the second in a series about covering the Asbury Park Music And Film Festival 2018. Part 1 is here.
After shooting John Desnmore at the House of Independents, I jumped back in my truck to head over to historic Convention Hall, right on Ocean Avenue. It was there that the first press event (a “presser” in journalistic parlance) was going to take place: this one with Asbury Park native and actor, Danny DeVito.
Now, I know who Danny DeVito is. But when you look at his acting resume…man, the guy has been around for a LONG time. Most recently, he’s Frank on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (a show I’ve never seen) but I sort of see him a lot in the movie Matilda, which my kids like. Heck, some call him a national treasure.
In addition to acting, producing and directing, he also does these stand-up/sit down panels and discussion, with a pretty good amount of humor interjected.
This presser at the Paramount Theater inside Convention Hall have the news crews a chance to chat with him for about three minutes a piece, and us photographers to get some solid shots of him in front of the sponsor back drop.
We also had to get photos of Danny with the APMFF festival directors – Tom Bernard, Co-President and Co-Founder of Sony Music Classics, Danny Clinch, Director and Photographer, and Tom Donovan, President and Publisher of Gannet NJ.
A general scrum ensued when the time came. I made myself small and went low.
“Dannys…right here please”
Of course, when Danny Clinch is in the house, Danny, being Danny, is snapping photos of Danny.
Later in the evening, I would come back to the packed Paramount Theater to catch a bit of Danny’s panel. I only saw about 15 minutes of it, but it funny, mildly profane and very, very interesting.
Side note: The woman on the right is a doing sign language for someone in the first row. As Danny was going through his mildly profane bit about a monkey and where he almost got bit…I wondered how that translated.
All I know is that when November 17 rolls around – recently proclaimed as Danny DeVito Day – I’ll have pics for it!
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