Julia Swift, Assistant Professor of Filmmaking in the Division of Communication and Creative Media, spent Oct. 24 in Los Angeles, where she attended Netflix’s premiere of “The Irishman.” As a member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Swift was flown out by Netflix in order to attend the event.
“The Irishman” is a 2019 American crime film directed by Martin Scorcese. It stars Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, and Al Pacino. The film is based on a true story and follows Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran (De Niro), a truck driver turned hitman who gets involved with mobster Russell Bufalino (Pesci). Sheeran ultimately ends up playing a role in the disappearance of labor leader Jimmy Hoffa (Pacino).
The red-carpet premiere was hosted at the TCL Chinese Theatre. Afterward, Swift attended the themed after party, which included a man hand rolling cigars and some of Jimmy Hoffa’s favorite foods—hot fudge sundaes and beer-battered hot dogs. The next day, Swift attended a press conference hosted by Netflix, featuring De Niro, Pacino (pictured below on the right) and Scorcese (pictured below on the left).
Swift enjoyed the whole experience because she was able to meet CCA members from all over the world, such as Sarah Adamson (pictured above and on the right with Julia), a film critic for Hollywood360 Radio. Swift also met Jennifer Merin, the president and co-founder of the Alliance of Women Film Journalists. In order to be a CCA member, a critic needs to consistently review films for a wide audience. Check out Julia’s latest “At the Box Office” film review about the animated film “Abominable.”
Erika Skorstad ’21—Contributor