The Good (Lyme)Life Is Celebrated At The Park

by JENNIFER WRIGHT · April 2, 2009

Jill Hennessy, Rory Culkin, Kieran Culkin, Emma Roberts[Jill Hennessy, Rory Culkin, Kieran Culkin, Emma Roberts. Photos by BEN GABBE for PMc]

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Where can you contract Lyme disease? The Park. However, there were no signs of ticks at the Chelsea nightclub where the after-party celebrating the premiere of Lymelife was held. The film, starring Alec Baldwin and Cynthia Nixon, details the life of suburbanites in the late 70’s, and derives its wry title from one character’s struggle with Lyme disease.

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Much of the cast and crew – including the lovely Emma Roberts – followed the movie to the after-party. I was also thrilled to see the musician Kimberly Freeman, the eclectically attired “wild child guitarist.” Also in attendance were directors of other Gen Art Festival movies including Liliana Greenfield-Sanders, who directed Adelaide (as well as the amazing Ghosts of Grey Gardens, about those inimitable socialites Edie and Edith Beale).

Jeff Abramson, Jill HennessyAdelaide is about a woman who chronically fakes illness, and Liliana noted that she thought it was something “that everyone can relate to – she just carries it to an extreme.” The character does not – presumably – pick Lyme disease among her imaginary maladies, but Adelaide should provide a great segue from the premiere film into the upcoming works.

Meanwhile, guests had an opportunity to pose as suburbanites in the Acura vehicle, have their portraits drawn by artist Cannaday Chapman and sip Dos Equis beers and Three Olive Vodka cocktails with event-appropriate names like Cherry Lymelight and Suburban Paradise. The delightful, and terribly urban event most likely prompted all attendees to agree with one guest, who muttered “thank God we don’t live in the suburbs – we’d probably never get to see the movie, let alone Alec Baldwin.”

Andrea Syrtash, Hilary Rowland

Andrea Syrtash, Hilary Rowland

Liz Lange

Liz Lange

Rory Culkin, Emma Roberts, Kieran Culkin

Rory Culkin, Emma Roberts, Kieran Culkin

Jill Hennessy, Rory Culkin, Emma Roberts

Jill Hennessy, Rory Culkin, Emma Roberts