Exclusive: Director Jonah Hill Screens Highly-Anticipated “Mid90s” At New York Film Festival

The New York Film Festival selected Mid90s for a surprise screening of the film and we were there to cover the red carpet excitement.

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Director Jonah Hill? That’s right! The actor famous for movies like Superbad and Moneyball is making his directorial debut for the coming-of-age A24 film Mid90s released October 19th. The movie, which centers on the world of 90s L.A. skate culture, is already getting major award buzz.

The story’s main character is thirteen-year-old Stevie – played by Sunny Suljic – is growing up with a loving but largely absent mother – played by Fantastic Beasts actress Katherine Waterston – and a resentful brother – played by Oscar-nominated (and swoon-worthy) actor Lucas Hedges. Seeking refuge from his home life he meets older kids to hang out with a Los Angeles skate shop. The energy between Stevie and his crew, played by Ryder McLaughlin, Olan Prenatt, Gio Galicia, and Na-kel Smith, creates a film that is hilarious, terrifying, and very relatable.

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Earlier this month, the Film Society of Lincoln Center revealed the New York Film Festival‘s secret screening this season would be Jonah Hill’s Mid90s, making its New York premiere at the 56th New York Film Festival (September 28 – October 14) on October 7 at 8:30pm. The event was one of the first times the cast was reunited since the making of the film. Celeb Secrets was at the red carpet to cover all of the excitement from the reunions to the anticipation of the screening it for anxious viewers.

We got the chance to talk to the man-of-the-hour Jonah Hill about his feelings that evening and his inspiration for this project!

Lucas Hedges is the young talented actor having a serious moment right now in Hollywood. After receiving an Academy Award nomination for his work in Manchester By The Sea, it’s safe to Lucas has a plethora of choices when it comes to his next acting gig. We asked the actor why he chose to be a part of this project with Jonah Hill.


From filming those skating scenes to what it was like having Jonah Hill as a director, here’s a full recap of our interviews with Sunny Suljic, Gio Galicia, Na-kel Smith, Lucas Hedges and Jonah Hill on the New York Film Festival red carpet.

“Mid90s” is open now in theaters. For tickets and move times in your area, check out the official website.

Written by Cassie Hudson