Last Thursday, the dark comedy that charmed critics at Sundance had the honor of being the closing night film at the LA Film Festival. It’s fitting that “Ingrid Goes West” was selected as the bookend to another successful festival put on by Film Independent. The indie film, which has been acquired by NEON for an August 11th release date, is a hilarious parody of Los Angeles and the way social media drives an unrealistic need for superficial “perfection.”
I had the opportunity to chat with Aubrey Plaza, who plays the titular character, Ingrid Thorburn, and director Matt Spicer on the red carpet minutes before the screening took place. Since this is a film centered around the impact of social media, I asked Aubrey what her personal favorite emoji is and had Matt settle the debate on whether or not dogs should have Instagrams.