indieWIRE: BUZZ About Premieres and Parties, Plus the Dude’s Starring Role
by Wendy Mitchell/indieWIRE
Jill Goode has returned to the Nantucket Film Festival as its executive director.
Elektra Gray has been promoted to director of consumer PR for the IFC Companies. She had been manager of consumer PR for IFC.
Rebecca Gilson has been named director of marketing for CineArts, a division of Century Theatres. She had worked as VP of creative and marketing for iXL.
Joel Bachar is now working in publicity at the Roxie Cinema and Roxie
Releasing in San Francisco. He also is continuing “Independent Exposure,”
his monthly microcinema screening series.
THE PARTY CIRCUIT: It’s a good thing the Christmas party season is
winding down, because our liver needs a rest and it’s probably not a good
idea to eat hor d’ourves for dinner EVERY night. Since our last report,
there has been a flurry of events. Last Thursday’s Content Film party is
already near-legendary — there was an A-list crowd, much dancing (and
falling), fancy F&B hot dogs, an overflooded restroom, and a even a little
attempted making out in the corners. Alec Baldwin and Caroline Rhea made a
surprise late-night appearance.
On Monday night, “Roger Dodger” producer Anne Chaisson held a more
respectable soiree to launch the new production company, Dirty Rice, which
she started with Scott Moody. Among the guests at Moody’s fabulous
downtown loft were “Dodger” writer/director Dylan Kidd, who toasted his
New York Film Critics prize for best first film, announced earlier in
On Tuesday, the party scene was especially hopping. Our first stop was the
IFP’s shindig at their offices, where we drank rum punch (there was an
island theme) and milled with a packed house. Thankfully nobody was hurt by
the falling coat rack! Next up was a party for Black Book magazine and
Diesel, where we ran into the crew from Cinetic Media. Micah Green, when he
wasn’t on his cell phone, gave us the scoop on Cinetic’s many Sundance
projects. Cinetic’s Erin Heidenreich and Matt Littin were also making the
scene. Third stop was the “Nicholas Nickleby” party, where we spotted
Michael Stipe, chatted with Matt Dillon, wanted to pinch Jamie Bell’s
cheeks, and ate some watercress sandwiches and something odd stuffed into a
puffed pastry. In that crowd: Nathan Lane, Bingham Ray, John Cameron
Mitchell, actress Heather Matarazzo (looking very non-Weiner Dog),
screenwriter Mike Jones, Hives-attired Mark Rabinowitz, Magnolia’s Ryan
Werner, and Cowboy’s John Vanco. Jack Turner from UA then took his
after-party crew to the Red Bench in Soho. Wednesday night was the First Run
Features party down at Greek haven Gus’ Place in the West Village, but —
shocking! — BUZZ was hanging out with some non-film pals that night.
Thursday night promises to be an interesting evening with the IFC’s bash at
Splashlight Studios. Please, God, we hope we won’t have to report about an
outbreak of Greek dancing.
DUDE, WHERE’S MY VIDEO?: Producer’s rep extraordinaire Jeff “the Dude”
Dowd is getting in front of the camera a bit. He stars in the music video
“Jakey Moves” by a new London rock band called Serial P.O.P. “Scratch”
director Doug Pray directed and edited the video, and one source tells us
the budget included “4 cases of Coors, 3 liters of vodka, a case of Red
Bull, a porn star, and a lot of patience on the part of the director.” You
can view the entire video, including scenes of the Dude blowing kisses at
the camera and thrashing around with a hot blonde, at serialpop.com.
SHOW ZONE: Location scouts are taking the spotlight themselves for a
change. A group of location scouts and managers have organized a photography
exhibition, “In the Zone,” which will open on January 25 at the Pacific
Design Center in West Hollywood. A jury selected 75 images for the show,
from the 250 images of L.A. that were submitted. The photos were taken
by location execs while scouting in the area. The show’s title refers to
the 30-mile zone that producers find optimum for shooting in L.A. The
exhibit runs through April 18; for details visit locationaccess.com.
JUDGE CALEB: Famed cinematographer Caleb Deschanel, known recently as
the papa of it girl Zooey, will judge the 2002 Kodak Filmschool Competition
for students and recent grads in the regions of Asia, Japan, and Latin
America. Winners will be announced in January; Deschanel says he’s “looking
for visuals that carry the story, and why and how the images serve the
movie.” Regional winners will have their films shown at the 2003 Cannes
International Film Festival’s American Pavilion.
“It’s a bloodbath out there. The academy season is just brutal.”
Focus Features’ James Schamus tells the New York Times about pre-Oscar
Next week in indieWIRE, we’ll take Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday off
to watch whatever shiny new DVDs Santa brings us. In Monday’s issue, look
for the first part of our roundtable discussion with Bob Berney, Eamonn
Bowles, and Ted Hope. On Friday, the indieWIRE staff and our contributors
offer our picks for best films of 2002. BUZZ will take the week off and
return the first week of 2003.