iPOP at the 16th NewFest (New York Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Film Festival)

by Brian Brooks/indieWIRE

It was difficult to attend every event NewFest held this year, but iPOP managed to come out to a good portion. Executive producer Basil Tsiokos hosted parties (after introducing films at their new home at Loews 34th Street) basically every night of the 10-day event, including parties at Hotspots Crobar, Avalon, and Strata. Directors and cast members from the festival's spotlight films including "Touch of Pink," and "Revolution" turned out for NewFest, a quintessential June event in New York.

NewFest executive producer Basil Tsiokos (right) was loud and proud with his new shirt and tie at New York's Crobar, during one of the many events that took place during the 16th annual event. He is pictured here with "Revolution" director Lorene Machado, who had her world premiere at the festival, and Bruce Daniels, a comedian on tour with Margaret Cho, the subject of the film.

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Writer/director/star Casper Andreas' (top center) "Slutty Summer" brought

out all the sluts in New York (and their admirers), who packed the Loews

34th Street theater for the Friday evening screening of the comedy. The cast

including -- from left to right -- Jamie Hatchett, Jesse Archer, Andreas,

and J.R. Rolley (oops, he closed his eyes) as well as executive producer

Runar Petursson stuck around for a lively Q&A followed by a party at

nightspot XL in Chelsea.

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Crobar became a lively party venue, especially when the club let the non-festgoers mix with the NewFesters later in the evening. Adding a little color to the mix here are Chris Maher (left), director of short "Habana Holiday," Dustin Schell and Philly, actors from "Anonymous," as well as the film's writer/director/actor, Todd Verow.

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"Put the Camera on Me" and "Jawbreaker" director Darren Stein (right) never told us at iW he was in New York this summer to work on his latest film, until we... uh-hem... found him out one night (before this). Still, he has some time to make it up to us (just kidding Darren). He is here at a NewFest party with producer Jon Marcus (center) and Wellspring's Rob Williams (they're also friends of ours, by the way).

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"Love and Deaf" director Adam Baran (left) hung out with one of the actors in his short, Brett Hemmerling, at the "Slutty Summer" booze-fest on the second floor of XL. Non-gays or NYC residents may recall from an episode of "Sex and the City" a bathroom scene in which one of the ladies stumbles in a gay bar and uses the bathroom which has a huge aquarium in the middle of it...Well, that's XL.

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Archer Entertainment's Laird Adamson, who served on the features jury at NewFest, hanging out with writer Bennett Madison at the closing night festivities at Strata.

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The NewFest party was quite a bash for a Sunday night, insuring hangovers for some of us facing a busy Monday morning. "Touch of Pink" writer/director Ian Iqbal Rashid (left) and the film's lead actor Jimi Mistry took part in the festivities (no word on if they were hungover the next day though). The film closed the NewFest earlier that evening.

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"The Woodsman" editor Brian Kates and George C. Wolfe take a load off on a royal blue sofa at the closing night event at Strata.

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