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Dentler’s Diary: The End of Tribeca 2004… and ‘Friends’ Too, I Guess

Dentler's Diary: The End of Tribeca 2004... and 'Friends' Too, I Guess

05/06/04
Let’s just say if you’re going to misplace your Chase Manhattan ATM card and have no idea where it went, there are much worse towns than Manhattan to do this in. On no sleep, I spent my last full day at the Tribeca Film Festival visiting my local Chase branch to deal with ATM banking issues… doesn’t that sound fun? After the boggling activities of the night – er, morning? – before, I didn’t wanna bother investigating what happened to my ATM card. Some things are just better left alone…
I wanted very much so to check out Eugene Hernandez’s diversification panel, but my banking issues took far too long to handle. Back at the Tribeca Hospitality Tent, I find Mark Rabinowitz who is the only person from the night before I see. We both give each other that kind of shocked headshake and knod that war veterans probably share after reuniting…
I run into the directors of SXSW 2004 favorite Bush’s Brain who are getting ready for the NY Premiere of their documentary. In light of the day’s news about Miramax blocking the release of the new Michael Moore film, they’re unsure of what that means for the release prospects of their own film…
Dinner this final night is at a Thai restaurant with John and Janet Pierson, who consistently impress me as two of the nicest people associated with this industry. John had just returned from a successful weekend in Austin, which included a special screening of the “greatest hits” of his IFC show Split Screen. After dinner, the Piersons head to see Jim Jarmusch’s Coffee and Cigarettes while I head to the Wellspring party. A nice bash with plenty of champagne to go around, I get a chance to get some talk time in with Elma from Trio, who I haven’t spoken with since her visit to SXSW this year. Trio is planning a month of Texas-based films and we’re going to try to work together on some promotion in the Lone Star State…
Practically everyone makes their way soon to the Coffee and Cigarettes after-party. This turns out to be a fantastic event, solidifying that United Artists knows how to throw a party (following their off-the-wall Yes Men soiree at Sundance). Not only was there ample samplings of the titular temptations onhand, but it was a regular Alice in Wonderland moment as so many of the folks I had the pleasure of hanging out with for the last week made an appearance at the party.
Now, I don’t get starstruck, I truly don’t. But it was hard not to get awed by fellow partygoers like Bill Murray or Julian Schnabel. A king of the pop art world, I especially get a kick out of Schnabel because he is one of the few pop culture folks (including Kris Kristofferson) that used to live in my old stomping ground of Brownsville, TX… The party was intense, and I could not think of a better way to end my weeklong stay in New York City. Did I see a lot of great films? Not especially. But I did get to spend time with a lot of great people, and the people are almost as important to a film festival as the films are themselves…

Oh yeah, and Friends is over, too. Thank God, so now that cast can return to making top-notch cinema full-time…

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