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iPOP at SilverDocs/AFI Fest Party in Collaboration with indieWIRE and Kodak

Indiewire By Indiewire | Indiewire July 27, 2004 at 2:0AM

iPOP at SilverDocs/AFI Fest Party in Collaboration with indieWIRE and Kodak
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iPOP at SilverDocs/AFI Fest Party in Collaboration with indieWIRE and Kodak

by Brian Brooks/indieWIRE

SILVERDOCS - AFI/Discovery Channel & AFI FEST hosted a celebration of New York filmmakers, in collaboration with indieWIRE and Kodak, at the Tribeca Cinemas last week. Film parties are less ubiquitous this time of the year (at least we think so, hopefully nobody's holding out on us), but a large crowd turned up for the event last Wednesday evening from 8-12am. In fact, about 500 people actually RSVPd to the party, and although it did get a bit crowded at one point, the party-rousers spilled down to the basement bar. Someone said it was where the cool part of the party was, but it actually was pretty hot down there. Air-conditioning in the NYC summer is a must to maintain your party good looks and make-up.




SILVERDOCS - AFI/Discovery Channel & AFI FEST held the bash at the Tribeca
Cinemas in downtown Manhattan along with indieWIRE and Kodak Motion Picture
Film. The women of SilverDocs all posed here for a group photo. Actually, it
was one of those rare moments when all the people from a group you'd want to
"spontaneously" get together actually did so on their own. Usually during a
party, we have to gather certain people together for a "party quickie shot,"
but not so this time. iPOP had the camera ready, although it was made easier
because it was just before the party actually began and the room wasn't full
of people quite yet. Nevertheless, a good shot, and thanks to SILVERDOCS -
AFI/Discovery Channel & AFI FEST for the event! From left to right are:
Karyn Caplan, event planner; Mary Kerr, programming director; Nina Gilden
Seavey, executive producer; Patricia Finneran, festival director; Amy King,
festival producer; and AFI Silver Theatre staffer, Michele Brown.


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Two-time Academy Award-winning doc filmmaker Barbara Kopple ("American Dream," "Harlan County, USA") came to the party with friend Kristi Jacobson (center), director of "American Standoff" (which Kopple executive-produced). They ran into each other there along with HBO director of documentary programming, Julie Anderson (right). This pic was also pretty spontaneous, standing right by the door as people come in helps...


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Hanging out in the main room of the Tribeca Cinemas at the beginning of the soiree are animator Signe Baumane (left), indieWIRE's Wendy Mitchell and James Israel, filmmaker and AIVF staffer Bo Mehrad and Seth Carmichael from Carmichael Productions. Although the party was an event to celebrate filmmakers, we at iW also used the occasion to celebrate our 8th anniversary (which also explains the unusually high number of pics in this iPOP of iW folks, which we tend to shy away from doing very often). Wow!! Eight years is like 80 dot com years!! (or something like that).


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Pipe Dream's Moira Griffin (left), producer Diana Williams and Positive Impact's Melissa Bradley are ready to turn it out.


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Entertainment Weekly book review section senior editor Thom Geier with Cinetic Media's Liesl Copland and Micah Green, with a neon Liquors sign ablaze over their heads, making their way into the party.


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Producer Ben Barenholtz ("Rabbit," "Barton Fink") with colleague Naomi saunters up to the bar for a little cocktail early in the party. The room would be packed within the following 1/2 hour.


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Jacque Lynn Schiller with her husband, director Tom Schiller give a cute pose. Jacque is a former staffer at indieWIRE, and one of the most hilarious and creative people on earth!! Tom, who has done tons of television and commercial work (including legendary SNL skits), is the son of veteran comedy writer, Bob Schiller.


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Also looking oh so cute are journalist Erin Torneo and filmmaker Sascha Paladino. Erin is also a former iW editor (those were some fun days!). Sascha's short film, "Obstinato: Making Music for Two" won the audience award for best short in June at the Newport International Film Festival. And, it couldn't have happened to a nicer (and cuter) guy!!


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Ahh, Champagne and cocktails in hand!! That's what we like to see! Filmmaker Greg Gilpatrick, and journalists Pat Thompson and Andrea Meyer share an embrace in the main room. Meyer is a former editor at indieWIRE, while Thompson is a contributor. She also has the enviable life as a part time tour organizer for part of the year in Italy. Now that gig wouldn't suck!


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indieWIRE managing member Karol Martesko (also from RES Media Group) hanging out at the party with "Pi" and "Requiem for a Dream" producer Eric Watson (right) at the party.


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Frequent indieWIRE contributing reporter Erica Abeel (right) enjoying the good times with her daughter, Maud Abeel and friend, Richard Adrian.


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IFC Films' Greg Forston sitting at the bar with his wife June (middle). The couple chatted with journalist Rania Richardson and iPOP reminiscing about festivals past.


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Getting a little freaky under the watchful eye of surrealist, Salvador Dali, "Freestyle" producer Henry Alex Rubin (right) shows off his chops. Rubin's next project is directing "Murder Ball," which is about quadriplegic rugby. Nick Springer (left), the son of New York publicist Gary Springer, is a player of the sport.


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Wellspring head of acquisitions Marie-Therese Guirgis looks very 'summery' with cool dress and refreshment in hand. She's pictured with colleague Kim Ribin, VP of marketing for home video.


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Palm Pictures' Neal Block (left) with Magnolia Pictures' Jeff Reichert. The indieWIRE camera sure shows some good color, as evident with Reichert's blazing blue eyes. Aside from their film distribution jobs, Block and Reichert also produce film journal Reverse Shot, with colleagues Michael Koresky and Erik Syngle (not pictured).


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Slamdance co-founder and director Paul Rachman at the party with his girlfriend, doc filmmaker Karin Hayes ("Kidnapping of Ingrid Betancourt," "Held Hostage") as the event was in full swing. Hayes was very sweetly complimentary of indieWIRE, which is always a nice thing to hear every once-in-a-while (thanks Karin!). It makes it all worthwhile.


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The Fifth Night senior director and short film curator Alexandra Berger (right) with friend Wendy Corn looked fab for the occasion.


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"Look Brian, Lamb chops!!" That was the cry in winter, 2003 that composer Norman Noll said to me while I was trying to cajole a group of celebrities for a picture at a hoity-toity film premiere. The celebs didn't look too amused. But, it was funny, and it's become a running joke at indieWIRE whenever Norman aka "Lamb chop" calls the office (I guess he didn't realize I was a vegetarian at the time). Lamb chops along with shrimp and other tasty morsels were available at the party. For this picture, we had to borrow someone's lamb chop as a prop because they had already ran out. Norman didn't eat any of it...


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Filmmaker Josh Sanchez's cool T shirt. So Glamorous!!


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