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iPOP at the 4th Tribeca Film Festival

Indiewire By Indiewire | Indiewire April 26, 2005 at 2:0AM

iPOP at the 4th Tribeca Film Festival
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iPOP at the 4th Tribeca Film Festival

by Brian Brooks/indieWIRE

The 4th Tribeca Film Festival got underway mostly in its traditional Lower Manhattan roots, after a high-profile splash in Midtown for the world premiere of Sydney Pollack's "The Interpreter," which brought out quite a spectacle in star wattage last week. Showtime once again hosted its Deee-lish party at Nobu, while festival founders Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff opened the event with a press conference downtown. In iPOP from the very young, but very very splashy festival are some of the parties (but by no means all) that went on through its first weekend.




The Tribeca Film Festival hierarchy held their annual press conference before journalists at the beginning of the festival, although a change of venue happened this time around (Borough of Manhattan Community College auditorium) and the Tribeca folks invited along New York mayor Michael Bloomberg to give comments as well as "Through the Fire" director Jonathan Hock (red tie) who screened his film later that evening in the festival's Spotlight section to great fanfare. Tribeca Film Festival co-founders Jane Rosenthal and Robert De Niro gave comments to the press as well, revealing that the festival has been offered digs outside its TriBeCa core in other parts of NYC (the opening night screening and party took place in Midtown). Tribeca Film Festival executive director Peter Scarlet touted this year's roster.


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Actor/director Alan Cumming ("Anniversary Party") joined the pre-opening festivities at Bergdorf Goodman on Fifth Avenue. The festival along with Universal, which is distributing Tribeca opener "The Interpreter" by Sydney Pollack, hosted a cocktail and hors d-oeuvres affair in the tony department store, which was originally the New York residence of the Vanderbilts, before heading over to one of three nearby theaters for the screening. Pollack introduced the film, including stars Nicole Kidman and Sean Penn who didn't stick around for long (at least not long enough for us to snap them).


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"Murderball" co-director Henry Alex Rubin joined the crowd of lucky invitees at the recently re-opened Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) for the opening night party after "The Interpreter" screening along with friend, Judy Greer, who stars in "The Great New Wonderful," by Danny Leiner (she's also on television show "Arrested Development"). Some of MoMA's galleries were open, and many took full advantage of the warm night to head out to the sculpture garden to enjoy their buffet dinners.


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Showtime once again held its annual party last Friday night at New York's super-dooper sushi hotspot, Nobu (De Niro is a co-owner). Last year, one invitee ate and drank what he/she estimated to be over $1,000 in food (assuming Nobu retail prices) but this year, the person didn't try to break any records. Nevertheless, the food was definitely 'da-Bomb!' Some really great sushi, and Veuve Clicquot champagne. Pictured here is Showtime Chairman and CEO Matthew C. Blank (left) with "Beverly Hills 90210" actress Tiffani Thiessen (who has the short "Just Pray" in the festival) and "Eyes" star Tim Daly.


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Director Victor Buhler showed up at Nobu with "Control Room" director Jehane Noujaim. Buhler's film, "Rikers High," a Showtime title along with Henry Corra's "Same Sex America," and Jessica Sanders' "After Innocence," is screening in the documentary competition.


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Actor Lee Pace (right) at Nobu with Killer Films' Katie Roumel and Charles Pugliese. Pace recently returned from Texas filming "Every Word is True," a Killer project, directed by Douglas McGrath, which focuses on the period when flamboyant author Truman Capote penned his famous "In Cold Blood."


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Uber chef Rocco DiSpirto (left) talks with friends and tries out his bright new threads to welcome in spring along with "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy"'s Ted Allen (right, also sporting some flashy wear) and the Oprah Magazine senior editor, Lauren Iannotti and an unidentified friend at the Showtime party.


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Saturday afternoon, Roadside Attractions got the long long (and we do mean long) day (which turned into night) rolling with a reception for Charles Dance's "Ladies in Lavender" at Fresh in Lower Manhattan. "Lavender," director Charles Dance (left, "Gosford Park" actor) posed with the film's star, Dame Maggie Smith, world-renowned violinist Joshua Bell -- featured on the film's soundtrack -- and Roadside Attractions co-president, Howard Cohen. Roadside is the film's distributor.


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Sunday night in downtown Manhattan came alive with yet more parties, including a bash for Duncan Tucker's "Transamerica." The director (right) posed with the film's star, "Desperate Housewives"'s Felicity Huffman (who touted the film in an interview that week on "Live with Regis and Kelly") and executive producer, William H. Macy.


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People queued up for some fine down home cookin' at the "Transamerica" party including an assortment of grilled cheese sandwiches (some with turkey, some without) and macaroni and cheese. Our friends, including South by Southwest (SXSW) producer Matt Dentler (left), "I Am a Sex Addict" star Emily Morse (the film is directed by Caveh Zahedi), NewFest executive director Basil Tsiokos, and Wellspring's Sophie Bouchart had some helpings with cocktails and hung out at the party.


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After "Transamerica," the crowd headed to Greenwich street in TriBeCa for the "Adam & Steve" party, which included a crowd of many an 'Adam and Steve.' Director/screenwriter, Craig Chester greeted well-wishers, who joined the late-night party which began after 11pm Sunday night at an art gallery. Chester is seen here with one of the films' stars, Parker Posey who is giving a shout out to iPOP (at least we like to think so).


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Madam came out in her evening frock chatting up people at the "Adam & Steve" party Sunday night. She came with her cute date who just couldn't seem to keep his hands off of her.


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