Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

April 19, 2013

Snail mail to Robert De Niro

Filed under: Film — louisproyect @ 5:45 pm

Hey Bobby,

This morning I went down to the Clearview Chelsea Theater for a 9:30 press screening for a documentary on herring fishermen. I got up early just to make it there on time. My guess is that I probably would be the only person attending.

Anyhow, I stopped at the table in the lobby to check in but was told that I was not in the database. That didn’t surprise me since I never applied for press credentials. As a blogger (but with 650 film reviews on Rotten Tomatoes), I figured that I would not pass muster.

But I had been invited by the film’s publicist to attend the screening. Even though she vouched for me, I was still not admitted. It was a “security issue” they told me, as if I was concealing a pressure cooker bomb. When I told them “Fuck you and fuck the Tribeca Film Festival”, the off-duty cop serving as a security guard got up from his chair with his hand on his gun to tell me to shut up. I said that since there is no law against telling someone to fuck off, he should sit back down.

If I ever run into you on the street, Bobby, I am going to tell you this to your face. With your fucking connections to Jonathan Tisch and your idiotic red tape and your bourgeois red carpets, you can take your fucking film festival and stick it up your ass.

Yours truly,

Louis Proyect


  1. If it’s bad enough for Proyect, it’s bad enough for me.

    Comment by J. Marlin — April 20, 2013 @ 12:08 am

  2. Get off my lawn!!!

    Comment by ISH — April 20, 2013 @ 2:19 pm

  3. they sure think highly of themselves

    Comment by Richard Estes — April 21, 2013 @ 5:27 pm

  4. Apparently people associated with Gasland 2 are not allowed in to Deniro’s festival.

    Comment by Sully — April 22, 2013 @ 5:38 pm

  5. It turns out that the farmers banned from the Gasland 2 screening are pro-fracking. I don’t agree with throwing them out but I suspect they were part of a conspiracy funded by the energy companies.

    Comment by louisproyect — April 22, 2013 @ 11:01 pm

  6. Finally, complete agreement with a piece you’ve written.

    Comment by Leon — April 25, 2013 @ 4:52 pm

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