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iPOP at the 9th Nantucket Film Festival

Indiewire By Indiewire | Indiewire June 29, 2004 at 2:0AM

iPOP at the 9th Nantucket Film Festival
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iPOP at the 9th Nantucket Film Festival

by Brian Brooks/indieWIRE

Nantucket is definitely an intimate festival, but that does not mean the star wattage is absent. Jim Carrey, Spike Jonze, and Charlie Kaufman were among this year's attendees. Perhaps one did not just stroll up to Carrey for a chat, but he was one of the main draws at the festival's fairly intimate "Late Night Storytelling" event. Kaufman received the NBC Universal Screenwriters Tribute this year, which lauds a scribe for his/her work. One person rumored to make an appearance but did not was Senator John Kerry who has a home on the island. A local paper said he was making a private visit for Father's Day and wouldn't be making any public events. Some festgoers thought he'd show up anyway for the Kaufman tribute, but he and wife Theresa were tucked away in their ocean-front home.




Actor Jim Carrey was among the participants who took to the microphone for the Nantucket Film Festival's "Late Night Storytelling," (although it actually started in the early evening), a program in which anyone, not just the famous, could take the mic in an intimate setting and tell a story. It could be funny, or not funny...of course Carrey's was funny.


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Nantucket Film Festival executive director Jill Burkhart (left) and artistic director Mystelle Barbee do it up in black and white, hosting an afternoon event. The weekend began with a huge downpour, but eventually gave way to comfortable summery temperatures.


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Hanging out in the back of the Sconset Casino during the awards event, "Saturday Night Live"'s Tina Fey (left) and her husband (standing next to her), Jeff Richmond, director of Second City and SNL composer. Also enjoying the festivities are This Is That partner Anthony Bregman, and casting director Jeanne McCarthy, whose credits include "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," which screened at the fest on the beach as part of the tribute to scribe Charlie Kaufman.


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Nantucket event director Gregory Triana escorted CNBC news anchor Brian Williams to his place at the Charlie Kaufman tribute. Williams had the crowd rolling with his opening at the event, proving himself a stand-up comic as well as a broadcast journalist. He will take the helm of NBC Nightly News later this year after Tom Brokaw retires.


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Writer/director Warren Leight at the Sconset Casino looking casual for the afternoon festivities. Leight was "on the island" for a screenplay reading of "Side Man," a screen adaptation of his 1999 Tony Award-winning play. Leight is also the VP of the Writer's Guild of America East Council... basically, a pretty busy guy.


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"Chisolm '72 Unbought and Unbossed" director Shola Lynch at the Casino (there's no gambling there) prior to the Kaufman fete. Her feature, which screened during the festival and premiered in January at Sundance, is a look at Brooklyn congresswoman Shirley Chisholm's 1972 bid for the Democratic nomination for president, making her the first black woman to pursue the Oval Office.


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Lookin' good in maroon! Director Garret Savage dined on some oysters and hung out with friends Caroline Kaplan from IFC (middle) and Suzanne Ceresko, associate producer of John Sayles' upcoming "Silver City." Savage attended Nantucket in support of his two shorts, "4-Cylinder 400," which he edited and co-directed, and "For Food," which he directed.


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Nantucket marketing director Sean Nutley (left) with programming director Tom Hall leaving the Kodak/indieWIRE party Saturday night.


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Quebecois writer Ken Scott traveled to Nantucket for his film "Seducing Dr. Lewis," directed by Jean-Francois Pouliot. The film was a runaway hit in Quebec where Scott said he was "surprised" by the extent of the film's popularity at home, and is a real audience pleaser.


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IFC original programming's Jessica Wolfson with filmmaker Paul Lovelace at the closing night after-party somewhere tucked away on the island. Although a small island when compared to real biggies like the Isle of Britain, or Greenland (the world's largest island), Nantucket is surprisingly large, especially when you're trying to figure out how to get somewhere without a car.


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"Riding Giants" director Stacy Peralta (right) at the Kaufman salute with Surfer Magazine editor Sam George. Earlier that day, the two held a surf clinic on the other side of the island (the one with waves) for festgoers, much to the delight of participants and locals alike. Not often you get to have an uber-famous surf pro show you the how it's done. "Riding Giants" was the closing night film of the Nantucket Film Festival.


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Wellspring's David Mueller and Kodak's Anne Hubbell were among the people hanging ten at Cisco Beach for the surf clinic. The weather wasn't exactly cooperative, but both managed to stand up on their boards, and they looked great in their wet suits. Good Work!


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Director Danny Schechter waiting in front of the festival headquarters for the shuttle to the Sconset Casino. His film, "Weapons of Mass Deception," screened at the festival. indieWIRE tried to attend the film, but it was sold out (but we heard it was good).


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Nantucket hosted the New England premiere of Ruth Leitman's doc, "Lipstick and Dynamite, Piss and Vinegar: The First Ladies of Wrestling." Leitman, who looks like she caught a few Nantucket rays that day, enjoyed a cocktail at the Kaufman soiree.


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Screenwriter Charlie Kaufman received quite a salute from his friends and colleagues the final night of the festival. He seemed moved when he received his honor, although he admitted he didn't normally like to get so much attention. Nevertheless, he did say he was happy to bring the wife and kids to Nantucket. From left to right, Kaufman is joined by NBC chairman Robert Wright, director Michel Gondry, Jim Carrey, director Spike Jonze, to the left of Kaufman is Focus co-prez James Schamus and news anchor Brian Williams.


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