Aubrey Plaza talks about her new movie — and Instagram — at Provincetown festival

Actress Aubrey Plaza attended the premiere of "Baby Driver" last week in Los Angeles.
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Actress Aubrey Plaza attended the premiere of "Baby Driver" last week in Los Angeles.

Aubrey Plaza was the big star at the Provincetown International Film Festival on Sunday. The actress, of “Parks and Recreation,” “The Little Hours,” “Legion,” and “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates,” was in town for a festival screening of her new dark comedy, “Ingrid Goes West,” the story of a woman who becomes obsessed with a seemingly perfect Instagram star, played by Elizabeth Olsen.

Plaza also picked up the festival’s inaugural Next Wave Award, which recognizes risk-takers in independent film. The prize is sponsored by the Chlotrudis Society.

During a Q&A after the film, Plaza talked about her real-life feelings about social media, and admitted that it hasn’t been easy for her to navigate that world. She found herself staying off Twitter after the election. She signed up for Instagram in January.


“I try to have fun with it,” she said, “but it goes against all of my instincts as a human being.”

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“Ingrid” co-writer Matt Spicer, who joined Plaza onstage, talked about the importance of making Instagram a real character in the film. He wanted to make sure the audience wasn’t taken out of the story by a technology that didn’t exist.

“We didn’t want to be friend-o-gram,” he joked.

One audience question centered on music in the film, specifically the use of K-Ci & JoJo’s 1998 hit “All My Life,” which becomes a theme in the story. Spicer said that in the original script, the song was “Kiss From A Rose” by Seal.

“Seal wanted $300,000, so we couldn’t afford that,” Spicer said, adding that his sister recommended “All My Life” as a backup.


“Ingrid Goes West” had an early screening in Boston timed to the Boston Calling music festival, but will have an official release in August.

Other Provincetown festival honorees included Chloë Sevigny, who picked up the Excellence in Acting Award, and Sofia Coppola, who was named Filmmaker on the Edge.