Ever attend a festival and pop up in some room you usually hang out in, like a lounge or something? And then, when you sit down, thinking the lounge is chill, you realize you’ve just accidentally crashed a private party? But no one cares… and you don’t care because you’re not gonna eat or drink, you just wanna update your blog? Well, that’s what happened just now. I’m in the Industry lounge, and sure enough, the DGA is having a reception for the festival’s directors. I guess I fit sorta, though I’m a festival producer…
I needed to sit, having decided that the weather was too nice not to walk down Broadway from 25th Street all the way to Tribeca… that’s a hike, but like I said, the weather is too perfect today. I was on 25th Street in a meeting with John Sirabella from the Film Board of Canada. (We love those Canadians!)
Before that, I hung out at the indieWIRE lounge (which is conveniently located in the lobby of my hotel… coincidence?), working on a few items of business. While there, I got a chance to chat with actress Jacqueline Kim, attending the fest with the feature Red Doors. I know Jacqueline from a few years back when her film Charlotee Sometimes premiered at SXSW. I also had some time to catch up with Tribeca Managing Director (and my former SXSW boss) Nancy Schafer.
Last night was a late one… It ended with the L.A. Riot Spectacular party at Lotus. We expected Snoop Dogg to be there (he’s the film’s narrator) as was rumored… but alas, no luck. It was a bad sign when towards the second hour of the party, the DJ started spinning Snoop’s songs as if that would fool us. The party was fun, though. Jeff Dowd and David Garber arrived with their wives. Craig from William Morris Agency was playing a very good host. Various actors from the film (Christopher McDonald, T.K. Carter) were hanging out in the VIP area. Before that, it was the Women in Film reception at Tribeca Cinemas. I met up with “The Rabbi” and he luckily introduced me to Cinematical’s Karina Longworth, who blogged at SXSW this year, but I never got a chance to meet.
Also at the bash were producer Anne Chaisson, IFC’s Caroline Kaplan, Reeker‘s Tina Illman, Roost producer Susan Leber, amazing DP Ellen Kuras, and tons more.
Okay, time for a meeting with Brad from Film Festival Today and then, I need some rest before I go back out and use my new digital camera.