Actor and filmmaker Adrian Grenier will visit the Ringling College of Art and Design in November to screen his 2010 film Teenage Paparazzo and participate in the Studio Lab program at the school.
Grenier, best known for his starring role in the HBO series Entourage, directed and co-wrote narration for the documentary Teenage Paparazzo after, during the peak of his television fame, he developed a professional relationship with 14-year-old paparazzo Austin Visschedyk. The film was inspired after the actor ran into the young photographer outside of the red carpet world in a night club.
From the film’s official synopsis: “As Visschedyk succumbs to the lure of fame, Grenier sets out to understand what makes that lure so powerful—hoping that he and Austin can find something more authentic than the relationship of mutual exploitation that now exists between them.”
Grenier previously also directed the documentary A Shot in the Dark, about his own attempt to unite with his estranged father.
Of course, it’s his role as Vincent Chase in Entourage, itself a show known for dissecting the cult of celebrity, that makes his face recognizable one to most film fans. He also had key roles in Woody Allen’s Celebrity, opposite Anne Hathaway in The Devil Wears Prada and as the romantic lead in the Melissa Joan Hart-led rom-com Drive Me Crazy.
The Studio Lab program at Ringling College, launched in 2010 in partnership with Semkhor founder David Shapiro, brings filmmakers to Sarasota to work with students in a classroom environment and offer insight into the working world of cinema. The program has brought talent to the region from Elijah Wood to Forrest Whitaker to, most recently, Aubrey Plaza.
Grenier, in addition to interactions with students, will participate in a public Q&A following a Nov. 19 screening of Teenage Paparazzo. Event registration begins at 4pm, with the film screening at 4:45pm and the Q&A at 6:30.