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iPOP at the 2004 Tribeca Film Festival, Vol. 3

Indiewire By Indiewire | Indiewire May 10, 2004 at 2:0AM

iPOP at the 2004 Tribeca Film Festival, Vol. 3
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iPOP at the 2004 Tribeca Film Festival, Vol. 3

by Brian Brooks/indieWIRE

iPOP sort of crashed and burned after Wednesday night's festivities at the Tribeca Film Festival. More specifically, the indieWIRE folks needed to give their schmoozing and cocktails skills the night off. Wednesday night proved to be a biggy in terms of parties. At least on our agenda, we headed to Wellspring's party at Thom Bar at the 60 Thompson Street Hotel. A freak thunderstorm soaked people en route to the downtown venue, but certainly did not deter guests from showing up. Next, on the list was the party for "Lipstick n' Dynamite" at Sugar bar a couple of blocks away. Margaritas were the drink du jour, and the film's cast of female wrestlers consumed them with gusto. UA held a fab party for Jim Jarmusch's "Coffee & Cigarettes" at City Hall restaurant with a huge line up of celebs and a who's who, which was easily one of the best film shin-digs so far this year. Bill Murray and Anthony Kiedis of the Red Hot Chili Peppers were among those who attended and apparently missed for iPOP, but there are others we did attack (actually, we always ask) with the camera. After the official party, the festivities continued very late-night at the East Village Niagara in the basement for the 'after-party'.... Hay dios mio!!




"Red Lights" (Feux Rouges) star Carole Bouquet with current beau, actor Gérard Depardieu at the UA 11 in Battery Park City (Lower Manhattan) prior to the screening of her film directed by Cédric Kahn on Thursday evening. Depardieu helped himself to some popcorn, and was applauded by the audience as he took his seat for the film. Tribeca Film Festival head Peter Scarlet, who introduced the film, informed the audience that Depardieu was not in the film but was merely watching.


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"Red Lights" director Cédric Kahn (right) with star Jean-Pierre Darroussin added a little French flare at the Kodak Filmmaker & Industry party Tuesday night at Roy's New York (co-sponsored by indieWIRE). One audience member following the screening of their film Thursday night told Darroussin he seemed like a "natural" drunk (his character drinks a lot in the film), but he's sans cocktail for this pic.


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Producer Ben Barenholtz ("Requiem for a Dream") sips a beer in front of Roy New York's sprawling open kitchen, where they made those beautiful coconut-crusted shrimp...poor dead things.


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Wellspring held its party at Thom Bar at the 60 Thompson Street Hotel for their delegation of films. "1/2 Price" (Demi-Tarif) director Isild Le Besco, which had its international premiere at Tribeca, was one of the many French attendees at the crowded event.


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United Artists always throws good parties, but this one for Jim Jarmusch's "Coffee & Cigarettes" left a big impression on those lucky enough to get an invitation. Large still from the film were placed on City Hall restaurant's high walls, looking down on the crowd. Jarmusch socialized with well-wishers during the event casually.


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Ruth Leitman's "Lipstick & Dynamite, Piss & Vinegar: The First Ladies of Wrestling" had its party Wednesday night at downtown bar Sugar. The ladies posed and enjoyed margaritas during the evening and got into some antics with other attendees. Here is the daughter of female wrestler Killem Gillem (right) with her daughter. The two were having a great time howling that evening, and also had fun with their signatures in order to be ID'd for this iPOP. On the right, all puckered up is "$HAFreaKA" with Renee.


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"The Blank Generation" director Amos Poe covers up, Jim Jarmusch-style reflecting his modesty at the UA party Wednesday night along with filmmaker Katherine Diekmann.


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"Control Room" director and producer Jehane Noujaim and Rosadel Varela were in iPOP during the recent New Directors/New Films series, but hey... Jehane is sporting a cool look with her hat and their film is terrific.


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Director Liz Mermin is in festival mode with her Tribeca filmmakers' pass and a glass of wine. Mermin, who directed "The Beauty Academy of Kabul," once wrote for indieWIRE back in the day until the call of film took her from us.


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Two generations of South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival heads meet in New York. Nancy Schaefer, now Tribeca's co-managing director and programmer gets a squeeze from SXSW's new producer, Matt Dentler at the Kodak Filmmakers & Industry party (co-sponsored with indieWIRE). Dentler, who was in town for several days during the Tribeca Film Festival, became an instant hit on the scene, and we'd love to lure him to New York.


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Nerve.com's CEO Rufus Griscom and Alisa Volkman, VP of film development, at the Wellspring event. Alisa informed yours truly that the wine was not free (I think $7 w/o tip) and that it was the Skyy Vodka and champagne that were free.


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"You're at every party," commented Killer Films' Charles Pugliese when iPOP asked to take his picture. (Actually, that's not true mom... There are others I don't take pictures at... Just kidding). Pugliese is seen here with his new coworker, Chika Chukudebelu at the Kodak party.


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Chatting at Friday's popular party for Showtime Independent Films at Nobu are actor Aidan Quinn with Showtime Chairman & CEO Matt Blank.


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Among those making the scene at the Showtime Independent Films party on Friday at Nobu was actress Glenn Close, a juror at this year's Tribeca Film Festival. Close was ushered to the back initially for a photo op, no doubt a bit bummed she couldn't grab some of the amaza-crazy food. (Actually, of course she had some). But it's just an excuse to mention that the food was outrageously fabulous -- And, bottomless Vueve Clicquot! Life can be sweet once-in-a-while.


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In the news last week was Bill Banowsky, the new head of Landmark Theaters, with Eamonn Bowles, pictured here at Nobu. Banowsky and Bowles founded Magnolia Pictures, which was later acquired by Mark Cuban and Todd Wagner.


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