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April 19, 2005 2:00 AM
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iPOP at the 14th Florida Film Festival

iPOP at the 14th Florida Film Festival

by Brian Brooks/indieWIRE

There's a nice pace to the Florida Film Festival. The event offers a sizable cross-section of films traveling the festival circuit, and all screenings are at two locations only about one mile apart. FFF's premiere sight, the Enzian Theater, which produces the festival, is a great venue with cushy chairs, and a surprisingly great menu. And best of all, one can dine and drink in the movie, served by wait staff. This year marked the 20th anniversary of Enzian, a non-profit, and a Roaring '20s party was just the order of the day to celebrate. Actors Peter Falk and Paul Reiser received honors at the party, held outside on a lawn straddling a lake at a nearby museum. Filmmakers, of course, also hit this year's FFF, including folks from "Pizza," "lbs," "Saving Face," "Loggerheads," "My Big Fat Independent Movie," "The Fall of Fujimori," and many more, as well as actor Patrick Warburton, who came to town for his film "The Civilization of Maxwell Bright" by David Beaird. All in all, good times...




"The Civilization of Maxwell Bright" on stage at the Enzian Theater at the awards ceremony with Jeb, governor of Florida. Just kidding, Jeb is actually an alligator who, along with Film Threat's Chris Gore, co-hosted the event. Jeb's presence may not win any brownie points with P.E.T.A., but it sure did attract the audience up to the stage afterward. Being the animal friendly website that we are, iPOP turned off our flash (hence the orangish hue) so Jeb would be more comfortable. "Maxwell Bright" took FFF's grand jury award for best narrative feature.


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The final weekend of FFF, the event's producer, the Enzian Theater, threw a bash for its 20th anniversary, with most of the attendees wearing the best in '20s flapper. Actors Peter Falk and Paul Reiser were the bees knees at the party, with both receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Artistic Achievement Award respectively. The night was beautiful, but there was a sort of atypical cold wind coming in off the lake. Oh well, there were plenty of spirits to keep everyone warm.


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"Oh wow! I just love iPOP!" And iPOP loved him right back... "Boxers and Ballerinas" co-director Mike Cahill gave a star performance pose for his picture. He was excited, so it didn't take much coaxing. He, along with co-director Brit Marling, here attending the fest's filmmaker party, were voted 'cutest couple' at the festival, at least that's what we heard...


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This mix of people was a fun possee to hang out with at FFF parties. Most seemed to enjoy a little beer (and so do we). Pictured here from left to right at the filmmaker party in snazzy Winter Park (Orlando suburb) are: Christy Rubenstein, FFF asst. in marketing (and a totally cool person); Sam Law, FFF volunteer; Martin Szymanski, director of "Frijolito, Go!"; Eric Ernst; Ben Piety, writer/director of "The Domestication of the LMNO Robot,"; Drew Lindo (tall one in the back -- UCF student, and a very cool cat); Andrew Kenneth Gay, writer/director of "Naked," and UCF student, Ryan Pomeranz.


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Also making the scene at the filmmaker party were the "lbs" folks, in town for the film, which screened in the festival. Right to left: director and co-writer Matthew Bonifacio, star and co-writer Carmine Famiglietti, Michael Sergio, president of CAVU Pictures, which is releasing the film, and Isil Bagdadi, prez of distribution and marketing at CAVU.


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Ellen Perry had the east coast premiere of her doc, "The Fall of Fujimori" at the Florida Film Festival, definitely a favorite of ours. The film follows former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori through his rise and fall from power. Definitely one to see for political junkies, history buffs, all things Latin American, or lovers of soap operas, it's quite an intrigue. Perry is pictured here outside the theater following one of her screenings.


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"Pizza" director Mark Christopher and New York-based publicist Susan Norget at a late-night haunt attended by fest organizers and their friends. Norget was at FFF as a member of the documentary jury, but found some time between screenings to hang out with Christopher, other jurors and us iPOPpers during the fest.


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Film Threat's Chris Gore is always a riot to hang out with, and this was no exception. In a shuttle leaving the Florida Film Festival Revel, he suggested that we get some "roadies"... What the hell are "roadies" we asked... Well, it's a stash of beer, for the road... Gore, along with a group of people at the party carried the good times on at a local Irish pub, but some decided to stay in the parking lot to indulge in the Roadies. Gore, who hosted the awards luncheon, and screened the latest film he's penned, "My Big Fat Independent Movie," said that iPOP needs to be more racy. We're down with that.


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It's a beautiful Saturday afternoon, and the awards have been concluded, so a few members of the jury decided to take a little time out at Universal. Why Not, it's Orlando gosh darn it!! Here at City Walk outside the main park, Islands of Adventure, (left to right) are: director Morgan J. Freeman ("Desert Blue") and Wellspring acquisitions manager, Rob Williams along with exec. producer/director of Universal Studios Florida production group Charlie Krestul (yes, he did get us in for free) and Emily Woodburne, head of theatrical sales at Zeitgeist Films (making one last power call).


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Distributors gave their two cents at a panel attended by a nearly packed house at the Enzian Theater Friday morning. Aspiring and vet filmmakers asked questions to the panel, which included Fine Line's Greg Forston, Lions Gate's Lori Bandazian, film buyer, Don Henry (in back) who moderated, and THINKFilm's Michael Tuckman pictured here outside the Enzian under the shadows of the Spanish moss hanging from the trees.


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Enzian Theater director of programming Matthew Curtis hanging out with indie film grand poobah John Pierson (right) who moderated the festival's producer's reps panel the day before. The panel, which we unfortunately missed, included Liesl Copland from Cinetic Media, entertainment atty. Ben Feldman, David Garber of Lantern Lane Entertaiment, and Diana Holtzberg of Films Transit International. Pierson's film, "Reel Paradise," which documents his family's stay in Fiji playing film hosts at a theater in a small town in the South Pacific nation, screened at the festival.


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