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Red Carpet Massacre

Red Carpet Massacre

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(A screengrab taken by Stephen Saito, near the end of our 2.5-hour webcast. That’s me, Alison Wilmore, and Matt Singer.)

We had to be ready to roll at 8 a.m. on Saturday morning. And, we were. For my co-hosting duties on IFC.com and the annual Spirit Awards, myself and IFC’s Matt Singer & Alison Wilmore found our positions at about 11 a.m. with the start of the red carpet arrivals to begin at 11:30 a.m. Of course, everyone wants to be fashionably late, especially celebrities. So, we had to stretch and fill some quiet time. It started rocky, but I think it got much better once celebs started rolling in.

Singer was on the carpet itself, chatting with the filmmakers and movie stars, while Alison and I sat nearby at the webcast truck, watching the live feed and making comments. It got more complicated, once the rain started to fall. But, enough of this play-by-play. If you’re curious to see more, you can view the archived 2.5-hour red carpet show we presented this weekend. Thanks to IFC for the invitation, it was fun and hopefully somewhat entertaining. By the time we finished, we got to relax and watch the ceremony. Here are some photos I captured throughout the weekend:

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(Film Independent Board president, actor/director Vondie Curtis-Hall, speaks to the guests attending the Spirit Award nominees party on Thursday night at the Casa del Mar.)

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(Also at the nominees party, is IFC Center chief John Vanco, left, and Quiet City writer/director Aaron Katz. Katz and his crew were nominated for the John Cassavetes Award.)

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(Hanging out inside the main tent of the Spirit Awards after the ceremony, is – left to right – Austin Film Society staffer and past Spirit nominee Bryan Poyser, August Evening director and Spirit Award winner Chris Eska, Film Independent programming director Rachel Rosen, and August Evening producer and Spirit Award winner Jason Wehling. August Evening won the John Cassavetes Award this weekend.)

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(The Spirit Awards after-party, hosted by IFC, was once again held at Shutters next door to the ceremony. Hanging out there, here’s Frownland director and Spirit Award nominee Ronnie Bronstein with Cinevegas/Sundance programmer Mike Plante.)

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(Celebrating at the after-party, here’s Truer Than Fiction Spirits winner Laura Dunn, right, with her husband Jeff. Laura won the prize, which includes $25,000, for her beautiful Austin documentary, The Unforeseen.)

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