Sundance First Look: Patton Oswalt in Robert Siegel's Big Fan
by Alex Billington
December 22, 2008
With the Sundance Film Festival only 24 days away, early buzz is starting to build around a few films. One of those, titled Big Fan, stars Patton Oswalt as a "parking garage attendant who happens to be the New York Giants' biggest fan." His world is turned upside down after an altercation with his favorite player. The film is both written and directed by Robert Siegel, an up-and-coming filmmaker with the screenplay to The Wrestler being his only big credit so far. We were sent a handful of photos from the film which we've shared below. I know Big Fan is already one of the few films I'm incredibly excited to see at Sundance!
Paul Aufiero (Oswalt), a 35-year-old parking-garage attendant from working-class Staten Island, is the self described "world's biggest New York Giants fan." One night Paul and his best friend, Sal (Kevin Corrigan), spot star Giants linebacker Quantrell Bishop at a gas station in Staten Island. They impulsively follow his SUV into Manhattan to a strip club, where they finally muster up the courage to talk to their hero. What starts out as a dream come true turns into a nightmare as a misunderstanding ignites a violent confrontation, and Paul is sent down a path that will test his devotion to the extreme.
Stay tuned for more on Big Fan as we near the kick off the Sundance Film Festival on January 15th. The film hasn't been bought and doesn't have a distributor yet. You can expect a full review from us the moment we catch the film. All of our Sundance coverage can be found right here all throughout January.