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Dentler’s Diary: Tribeca 2004.5

Dentler's Diary: Tribeca 2004.5

05/04/04
When we last left our hero, he was without a place to stay after deciding to remain in the City That Never Sleeps for 48 more hours…
There’s no room at the inn, or the Embassy Suites, as it were. Left out in the cold, literally, I call upon an old college friend of mine currently enrolled at Fordham for law school. I need a place to stash my bags in the meantime, so I fib with the Embassy about my plans and I wind up leaving my stuff in a “holding pattern” at the hotel. I make a quick call to Dripping Springs (I was scheduled to mentor high school students in this small town on 05/05/04… but I’ll be in the Big Apple now)…
But hey, no time to pout… there’s a festival to be had. It’s off to the Hospitality Tent, where I run into Peter and Rachel (who are siblings and NOT married, despite everyone assuming the latter) from the short The Climatic Death of Dark Ninja and Steve from Gretchen and the Night Danger. These SXSW 2004 filmmakers are hanging out, unsure of what to do with their day. At least they have a place to sleep… We make a run for the UA theater to catch a shorts program. I wind up getting called out of the shorts program by a host of people… The shorts program isn’t really sucking me in, so I spend most of my time in the theater lobby fielding calls… After the shorts, Peter, Steve, John from iFilm, and I make our way to the Leaf Lounge, the place where Turning Leaf flows like wine and the appetizers flow like Turning Leaf….
Sitting in the corner of the Leaf Lounge is my fellow indieWIRE blogger Mark Rabinowitz. “You haven’t left yet?” he asks…. Little do I know that The Rabbi himself will play a pivotal role only a few short hours later…
I grab dinner on the Upper West Side with my new – gracious – landlord from college. We chat and catch up before it’s time for him to go be scholastic and for me to go be ridiculous. I head to the Kodak/indieWIRE party at Roy’s. This is a great event, a real party for filmmakers and the industry to just let loose. I get to finally chat some with Cinetic’s Dana O’Keefe, someone I’ve worked with via phone for months but am only now getting to meet in person. Before I know it, the 7th Floor’s Jesse Scolaro (Manito, Cry Funny Happy) pops up and says hello. I then make my way to say “hello” to his producing partners, Darren Goldberg and Allen Bain. All three of them make up some of the hardest working men in (indie) showbusiness. At least until James Brown makes a go for it…
The party rages as indie cult icons like Troma’s Lloyd Kaufman and animator Bill Plympton arrive. This is starting to look like a SXSW party… and that’s a good thing. As the festivities subside, Tribeca programmer David Kwok asks if I wanna join him at the Killer Diller party. I agree, we arrive, and the Knitting Factory has since become the Kidding Factory as the only “party” we find at this point is John Popper – yes, that John Popper – finishing up a set onstage.
Kwok and I head off to Tribeca Cinemas, where there’s some kind of party going but who knows who the host is. All I know is the bar was open. We split soon and caught up with Rabinowitz, Brian Brooks, J.D. Ashcraft, and Elizabeth Carmody at a bar in the East Village. Who knew it was gonna be an indieWIRE bloggers convention?
Drinks and more drinks soon led to a night that is clouded in mystery, one that Elizabeth has already tried to shed some light on in her blog… go check it out (http://blogs.indiewire.com/thereelroundtable/), I can wait here… but the real truth may forever lay hidden from the rest of the world. What happens in Tribeca, stays in Tribeca? Well, maybe, but we weren’t in Tribeca at 6:00 a.m. on Wednesday morning and this sure wasn’t part of the official festival lineup. But we nonetheless had an all-acess badge to an experimental piece of work unlike anything Warhol tripped into. But hey, at least I’m still in New York for another day…

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