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Jesse Eisenberg, Jason Segel, James Ponsoldt Talk ‘The End of the Tour’ as Film Premieres [Video]

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“The End of the Tour” is making it’s world premiere at Sundance Film Festival in Utah tonight.

The film stars Jesse Eisenberg and Jason Segel. It was shot in and around Grand Rapids in early 2014. 

As “The End of the Tour” premieres, more details are being shared about the film.

Jesse Eisenberg talked to Variety about filming in Grand Rapids and the cold winter:

It was last year about this time in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It was short shoot, but the days were long. It was the most arduous and exhausting experience anybody who has worked on the movie has ever had. We would shoot scenes all day long in Minneapolis, take a plane back to Michigan and film more. There was nothing that went again my union, but within the confines of what my union allows, it was unbelievable. It was the coldest winter on record in western Michigan and you’re filming outside in the snow. That all sounds horrible, but in a way there’s a certain momentum that comes with that kind of shoot.

Director James Ponsoldt went in-depth with Filmmaker Magazine talking about the film, those who worked on it, the writing of David Foster Wallace and more:

Lipsky is a first-rate journalist, as was Wallace, and our film is based on [Lipsky’s] amazing book that came out in 2010 following an article that won a National Magazine Award in late 2008. It’s based on what these guys actually said, so, there’s a weird quality of real verite to this: these guys actually said this, actually did this. The tapes exist, and they were made available to me, and I made them available to the actors.

Some of the film was shot in the radio studios and offices of Townsquare Media Grand Rapids, which is home to 100.5 The River97.9 WGRDChannel 95.7Greatest Hits 98.7 WFGR and 1410 AM The Touch.