Sweet Sundance Surprise! Director Proposes to Girlfriend at Film Festival Premiere

Trash Fire stars Adrian Grenier and AnnaLynne McCord were also in the audience during the special moment

Photo: Russell Blanchard/Twitter

Director Ricky Bates Jr.’s girlfriend Noelle got a pleasant surprise while supporting her man at the Sundance Film Festival premiere of his movie Trash Fire – a brand-new sparkler.

Bates proposed to Noelle at Park City’s Egyptian Theater early Sunday morning before the post-screening Q&A with the film’s stars Adrian Grenier and AnnaLynne McCord.

In video captured by a screening attendee, Bates left the stage to find Noelle in the audience.

“I love you so much, do you wanna stand up just for one second?” he asked before getting down on one knee while his girlfriend looked completely surprised.

The audience could be heard cheering as one of the film’s stars, Matthew Gray Gubler, rushed the couple for a hug after Noelle said yes.

“#everybodycried,” the Criminal Minds actor wrote.

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Bates also shared his joy over the big moment on Twitter, writing, “Thanks to everyone who shared the best night of my life with me!”

Trash Fire, a horror comedy, follows a man (Grenier) and his pregnant girlfriend as they visit his estranged family, which includes sister Pearl (McCord).

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