Lousy Hangover -- The Rabbi Reports
by Mark Rabinowitz
indieWIRE celebrated its second anniversary and the launch of its new
online movie magazine, iPOP, last week, with a bash attended by about
500 of New York's indie population at SoHo's WAX nightclub. Revelers
partied until after midnight, more than two hours after the free
Tanqueray ceased to flow, and all reports indicate rave reviews. Besides
the usual gin and Sterling vodka, the Tanqueray folks were pitching their
new Malacca gin, which has a sweeter, more herbal taste than their
London Dry Gin, made famous so long ago by the distinctive green bottles.
Pictured (left to right): FILM BYTES' Julia Zborovsky interviews indieWIRE's Mark Rabinowitz (Co-Founder and Managing Editor), Tim LaTorre (Managing Director), and Eugene Hernandez (Co-Founder and Editor in Chief).
Too sweet for me, but much of the crowd seemed to like it...just ask the
party goers (including an iW staffer) who were so ass-over-tits by the
end of the evening that they woke up drunk the next a.m.!
The attendees were a healthy mix of filmmakers, distribs, producers,
actors, publicists and non-industry members of the indieWIRE family.
Representing party co-sponsor the Independent Film Channel was Peter
Graham, and on hand to lend support (and chat for our video camera was
outgoing (sniff, sniff!) AIVF topper, the always awesome Ruby Lerner.
Fresh off getting snapped up by newly re-titled distributor, Artisan,
were director Bennett Miller of "The Cruise" and his subject, tour-guide
extraordinaire and general raconteur Timothy "Speed" Levitch. Also
involved in an Artisan release is party-goer Sean Gullette ("Pi"), who,
along with David Bowie-esque "Henry Fool" actor (and bash attendee)
James Urbaniak recently starred in The Ohio Theatre's production of a
new play, "The Breaking Light."
Hey...who lit that joint?....Gimmee some.
The filmmaker side of the biz was duly represented by Greg Mottola ("The
Daytrippers") who attended with pal (and "Daytrippers" star) Liev
Schreiber, currently in rehearsals for the Public Theater New York
Shakespeare Festival's Shakespeare in Central Park production of
"Cymbeline." [Check out the pic of Greg, Liev, and writer/director Amos
Poe (the upcoming Shooting Gallery release "Frogs for Snakes"), along
with many more, on indieWIRE's sister site, iPOP at
Of course, it just wouldn't be a good iW party without attorney/guru
John Sloss, uber-producer Gill Holland and publicist Susan Norget. Joy
Newhouse from the Sloss office also attended. Was that Daily Variety's
Monica Roman posing with filmmaker Morgan J. Freeman ("Desert Blue,"
"Hurricane Streets")? "Frat House" director Todd Phillips was in the
house, along with filmmakers Elizabeth Schub ("Cuba 15"), Wonsuk Chin
("Too Tired to Die") and "Independent's Day" director Marina Zenovich.
Marina was positively beaming over her recent inclusion as one of 50
participants in the IFFM's No Borders Co-Production Market, a field
which includes FILMMAKER Magazine's and iW'er Michael Jones,
along with his producers Rene Bastian and Linda Moran, all of whom
Overheard at the party: "Wow. I think we got almost a 3/4 Jones,
The festival side of the indie world was out and about by Newport fest
toppers Nancy Donahoe and Christine Schomer, new Hamptons International
Film Festival exec director Denise Kasell and Festival Manager Shawn
Caila Folz, not to mention former Seattle, Edinburgh, Gen Art and
Newport fester and current Hamptons programmer Deena Juras! (Whew!)
Hey, aren't you Paul Rachman, Slamdance Film Festival East Coast
I have to tell you, one of the highlights of the evening was the Nancy
Donahoe/Ann Chaisson sandwich I was in the middle of (see iPOP pix!).
Yum! Nice work, if you can get it.
The Fourth Estate was well repped, with the aforementioned Ms. Roman,
The Hollywood Reporter's new "man in New York" Thom Geier, the
Independent Film Monitor's David Chachere and of course, the folks from
The Independent Film and Video Monthly, Pat Thompson, Paul Power and
Scott Castle in attendance. Never ones to miss a good party (and
longtime iW supporters) are the excellent staff of FILMMAKER Magazine,
including: Senior Editor Peter Bowen, Associate Editors Stephen
Gallagher and Michael Jones, Contributing Editor, Production Update
scribe and First Look programmer Mary Glucksman, Editorial Assistant
Laura Kern and Publisher (and iW Publishing Advisor) Karol Martesko.
Also present was freelance writer and frequent filmmaker contrib Godfrey
Cheshire, hanging with occassional indieWIRE contributor Brandon Judell.
indieWIRE contributor Dimitra Kessenides and FILM BYTES Producer
Julia Zborovsky also joined the fun.
I swear, there was enough booze served to float the battleship
Potempkin, but even so, some of us decided to trek over to The
International, substitute home for most of the iW staff. Accompanying us
on this trek were, among others, CNBC producer Lara Stollman, filmmaker
and sometime iW writer Joshua Moss and FILMMAKER Magazine Corporate
Relations director Ted Lambert (without whose help the afore-described
party would still be an electrochemical impulse bouncing around our
Alas, many of the attendees just ain't gonna get their fair shake in
this column, lest it begin to appear even more like a list of guests
than it already is. Rest assured, we know who you are, appreciate your
support, and look forward to working with you all in the coming months
Now, if I can only scrape all of this cotton out of my mouth......
>> RELATED ARTICLE @ iPOP:
Check out 2 pages of photos from the indieWIRE/iPOP extravaganza
on iPOP, indieWIRE's new online movie magazine.