jeremy saulnier

Director Jeremy Saulnier talks Portland-shot “Green Room”

The punks-versus-skinheads thriller stars Patrick Stewart and opens locally on Friday

It’s finally here. The movie that Portland has been anticipating for months and then more months, opens this Friday, April 22, at Cinema 21.

It’s been a long road for director Jeremy Saulnier’s “Green Room.” This white-knuckle, high-octane thriller about a punk rock band menaced by a band of Northwest neo-Nazi skinheads was filmed in the fall of 2014. It premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last May, and has spent nearly a year making the rounds on the festival circuit.

Patrick Stewart in "Green Room." © A24 Photo by Scott Patrick Green, courtesy of A24.

Patrick Stewart in “Green Room.” © A24 Photo by Scott Patrick Green, courtesy of A24.

Even without the local pride angle, “Green Room” is a must-see for genre fans. In something of a casting coup, Patrick Stewart plays the leader of the bad guys. Another Starship Enterprise veteran, Anton Yelchin (who plays Chekhov in the recent “Star Trek” reboots), plays the lead singer of The Ain’t Rights, a ragtag quartet who take a gig they’ll soon regret at a remote rural club populated by a thoroughly Aryan clientele.


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