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TIFF 2006.3: All the Buyers Saw ‘Mandy Lane’

TIFF 2006.3: All the Buyers Saw 'Mandy Lane'

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(Me and Flaming Lips singer Wayne Coyne at the ‘Summercamp!’ party we co-hosted in Toronto. Pic by Brian Brooks, for indieWIRE.)

So, our party on Friday night seemed to be a success. We had a good crowd, great food, plenty of drinks, and a nice acoustic set by the Flaming Lips. On Saturday, I first went to see Sean Ellis’ Cashback, the feature-length version of his Oscar-nominated short of the same name. It was a pretty entertaining film. It doesn’t totally work 100% of the time, but I found it funny enough to keep me going throughout. It was probably one of the most commercial of the films I’ve seen so far.

After that, I caught some of Jem Cohen’s new concert doc How to Build a Broken Mouse Trap. The film is a black-and-white chronicle of a show by European punk rockers The Ex. Cohen intertwines the concert footage with shots of New York City protesters and general NYC ambience. It’s a pretty meditative film for a punk band, but beautiful at times. Though, like many concert films, if you don’t like the music of The Ex, then you probably won’t go for the film itself.

Following that, I had a few meetings and Jarod saw a few things, including: Monkey Warfare, Slumming, and more. I went to see a few folks at the Telefilm Canada soiree Saturday afternoon, which was a nice and pleasant time in the suddenly chilly air. After that, Jarod and I had dinner with Christian Zak of Technicolor as we watched the UT/Ohio State football game. It started off promising, but our Longhorns eventually lost.

Which brings me to midnight. I happened upon the midnight public screening of All the Boys Love Mandy Lane, a new horror film by first-time director Jonathan Levine. The crowd outside the Ryerson theater was amped up, as people had been buzzing about this film for days. This teen horror flick, coincidentally shot right outside Austin, drew together a massive contingent of distributors anxious to see the film’s premiere. Name a U.S. company and they were probably there in full force. After the screening, it was a trip to witness the multiple circles of distributors standing outside the theater (far apart from one another) seemingly discussing the film they just saw.

I have a feeling someone, somehow, will buy and release the film. It’s a very cool slasher flick about a girl named Mandy Lane that is the object of everyone’s desire. When a group of teens venture to a weekend ranch getaway full of booze and drugs, the boys take bets on which one will have the opportunity to get with Mandy first (as she’s never dated anyone at school before). Slowly, the teens are mysteriously killed one by one, as is pretty standard for a cabin-the-woods slasher flick, But, there’s more than enough humor and originality in the film to keep it interesting. While it’s not terribly mysterious who is doing the kill, the unraveling of motives has a nice touch to it. We’ll see what happens, but don’t be shocked if you hear something soon about distribution possibilities for the movie.

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