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iPOP at the 2004 Hamptons International Film Festival

iPOP at the 2004 Hamptons International Film Festival

by Brian Brooks/indieWIRE

The Hamptons International Film Festival had rather chilly weather during its 12th annual event which took place October 20-24, but a lot of warmth was felt at the first annual Industry Toast in honor of Marcie Bloom. A cross-section of the New York film scene came out, some even just for the evening. The Hamptons was also filled with many other parties every night, attracting revellers to late nights after days filled with screenings.










Following the opening night screening of Bill Condon's "Kinsey" Wednesday night, crowds headed out to Montauk for the opening night party. The theme of the evening took its cue from the film, with the staff donning medical wear, and beds were placed in the large room while wandering staffers conducted mock "sex surveys." Hanging out in a booth were actress Jennifer Tilly, who served on the Golden Starfish Award for International Films in competition, along with actress Sally Kellerman, who served on the jury for the fest's Films of Conflict and Resolution section. Hamptons programmer Rajendra Roy sat with the women for a bit. Later, Tilly took to the dance floor, and seemed to take full advantage of all the fun the fest had to offer in the following days.


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The Hamptons International Film Festival and indieWIRE co-hosted the Industry Toast in honor of Sony Pictures Classics co-president Marcie Bloom at the very lovely Wolffer Estate in Wainscott. Dozens of invitees came out to fete Bloom, who has made an enormous impact on the American film scene, introducing U.S. audiences to a score of directors including Pedro Almodovar, as well as championing American indie filmmakers. This reporter, in fact, trekked out to L.A. in my teen years from the burbs to see some of the films she brought to theaters. Pictured with Bloom is Sony Classics co-president Michael Barker (left), acquisitions exec Dylan Leiner, and co-prez Tom Bernard.


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Socializing at the Marcie Bloom tribute, Denise Kasell, the Hamptons fest executive director, and French film office (New York) head Catherine Verret-Vimont. Guests chatted and drank wine from the Wolffer Estate (the sparkling wine was especially tasty).


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Beki Probst, head of Berlin's European Film Market with IFP/New York executive director Michelle Byrd and Berlinale Festival director Dieter Kosslick at the Marcie Bloom Tribute. Kosslick broke his vintage glasses just before the tribute, and had to lean in when someone was speaking to him so he could see who it was, but later managed to get some glasses before the tribute dinner.


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iPOP snapped this pic of producer's rep Stephen Raphael and Killer Films head Christine Vachon as they entered the Wolffer Estate for the Bloom tribute.


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The festival organized daily panels and town hall sessoin, in a large tent in the village of East Hampton, indluding this one with filmmakers (the panels were interesting, but the tent was subject to a lot of noise coming from outside). Pictured here from the left is Danny Schechter ("Weapons of Mass Deception"), Steve Vittoria ("One Bright Shining Moment"), producer Anne Hubbell from Kodak ("Lipstick and Dynamite, Piss & Vinegar: The First Ladies of Wrestling"), Daniel Anker ("Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust"), and Tricia Regan ("Soldiers Pay") at the Town Hall session about documentary films.


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"The Assassination of Richard Nixon" director Niels Mueller stepped outside the Huntting Inn in East Hampton between interviews for his iPOP pic. Pumpkins lined the walk to the charming B&B which served as the festival HQ. A cold wind kept Mueller's hair flying, but several takes later, this picture was snapped... "Assassination" closed the festival Sunday.


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New Line/Fine Line hosted a dinner at local eatery Nick and Toni's for about 150 guests. Director Jonathan Glazer, pictured here, socialized with people, most of whom attended his latest film, "Birth," which screened as a spotlight. Personally, the film was good, but should be a challenge for some.


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The crew from "Unscrewed," which screened in the world cinema section, showed up for the Filmmaker party co-hosted by iW. All bundled up and posing under heat lamps is "Unscrewed" actress Donna Klimek (left), crew member Jim Bell, lead actress Heather Smith, director Leslie Shearing, actor Doug Manes, actress Libby Skala, crew member Adam Hoscherman, and joining the group is producer Ben Barenholtz, whom the crew from "Unscrewed" called their "guru."


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"Fighting Tom Riley" stars Eddie Jones (left) and J.P. Davis outside the theater in East Hamptons following a screening of their film, which won the Kodak Award for Cinematography. The film, which Davis penned, was picked up by Freestyle Releasing over the weekend.


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Documentary "Following Sean" had its world premiere and received a special mention at the Hamptons, and some good word-of-mouth among festgoers. Pictured here is the film's director Ralph Arlyck (right) and producer/editor Malcolm Pullinger.


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Sarah Goodman's doc "Army of One" screened as a U.S. premiere at the festival, giving a critical look at the U.S. Army's 'Army of one' marketing campaign. Goodman, seen here with one of the film's subjects, Thaddeus Ressler (left) and producer Erik Paulsson in the festival tent.


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The Hamptons again spotlighted its "Rising Stars," a program designed to fete upcoming actors. This year's crop of five Rising Stars will travel to Berlin in February to take part in the Berlinale's Talent Campus -- lucky group! Pictured here are Aaron Stanford ("Winter Solstice") and "Until the Night"'s Norman Reedus (right) at a party held in their honor, co-hosted by Star Magazine (obviously).


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Max Rielmelt, star of the German film "Napola," hanging out at the Rising Stars party. This was the first trip for the Berlin-based actor to the United States, but said he'd only really have a chance to see the Hamptons as he had to return to Germany immediately after the festival concluded.


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"Imaginary Heroes" director Dan Harris hanging out at the Rising Stars party with Marcus Smith, who used the occasion to sport a cute V-neck 'Vote' shirt. The camera was accidentally on a strange mode, hence the red mark on his face, it's not body art. Along with his "Imaginary Heroes" credit, which was a spotlight film at the fest, Harris co-penned "X2: X-Men United" and is currently writing the upcoming "Superman" feature. And, he's still in his mid 20s....Ay Caramba!


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THINKFilm hosted a very evening cocktail party in East Hampton in support of their spotlight film, "Mondovino" during the fest. "The Tollbooth" director Debra Kirschner and Ronald Guttman, who starred in the feature were among the attendees.


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