Photos: ‘Paterson’ screening with director Jim Jarmusch at The Williams Center for the Performing Arts

Teresa Pyskaty |

Erin Tiffner, Michelle Fine-Smith and Tracy Leigh

On Monday, The William Carlos Williams Center for the Performing Arts in Rutherford hosted an advance screening of Paterson with special guests Jim Jarmusch, writer and director of the film, as well as, the film’s producer Carter Logan. Before the special viewing, guests were invited to a fun-filled reception with drinks, tasty finger food and great conversation.

The fictional movie, which was nominated for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, follows the life of Paterson, who is a bus driver in the city of Paterson, New Jersey. He “adheres to a simple routine: he drives his daily route, he writes poetry into a notebook; he stops in a bar and drinks exactly one beer; he goes home to his wife, Laura, whose world is ever-changing,” according to IMDB.

Girls star Adam Driver plays the leading role in the film and spent nearly two months researching and preparing for it by obtaining an official bus license, according to IndieWire. He trained in Queens and Manhattan with the same company that trains bus drivers in the tri-state area.

Paterson is scheduled to open in select theaters starting December 28th. In the meantime, check out all the excitement from the December 12th event’s reception and cocktail hour: