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iPOP at the AFI Fest 2004

Indiewire By Indiewire | Indiewire November 16, 2004 at 2:0AM

iPOP at the AFI Fest 2004
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iPOP at the AFI Fest 2004

by Brian Brooks/indieWIRE

The AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival, or AFI Fest, took place in L.A. November 4-14, roughly coinciding with the American Film Market (AFM). The event, set up once again at the Arclight Theater, which most seemed to agree is a great place to see films. As usual, parties were a feature of the film festival experience, and the soiree for "The Woodsman" at the Beverly Hills home of music mogul Damon Dash was a highlight, as well as other late night happenings at Schwabs (the reputed place where Lana Turner was discovered -- although this is a new incarnation of the establishment), not to mention the festival venue, The Loft.




House parties are much more of a feasible thing in Los Angeles at least compared to New York, and the party for "The Woodsman" by Nicole Kassell was quite a spectacle, yet casual at the home of the film's executive director Damon Dash in Beverly Hills. A few photographers were among the invitees, and "Woodsman" star Kyra Sedgwick stood up for a quick snap while she was hanging with friends in the dining room.


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We have to admit that we stereotyped what Damon Dash's (right) house was going to look like, expecting it might have looked like something out of MTV's Cribs. Well, it was a beautiful home, set atop a narrow windy Beverly Hills road, with a fab Spanish/Mediterranean style, and view of Century City. The iW crowd was ready to move in, or at least stay over on his sumptuous deck chairs out by the pool. Here, Dash poses with "Woodsman" star Kevin Bacon and Newmarket Films head Bob Berney as the crowd milled about with drinks and some dining on some yummy catering.


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AFI Fest's main venues, the Arclight Cinemas in Hollywood, are probably some of the best venues to watch films. The chairs are very comfortable and roomy -- only challenge is to not give in to drowsiness when tired. Actor Cuba Gooding Jr. stopped by for a film here early on during the festival, pausing to give a few autographs outside the theaters on his way out.


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Festival head Christian Gaines posed here with his wife during an evening reception in "The Loft," at the Arclight. One plus to this festival is that many of the official events took place in close proximity (The Loft was located at the Arclight site), therefore minimzing driving time. The American Film Market (AFM), which coincided with the fest, however, was more than a half-hour away in Santa Monica.


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AFI Fest hosted a tribute to maverick Spanish director Pedro Almodovar, although he seemed a bit shy that evening during the event. Still, Javier Giner (right), from Almodovar's El Deseo productions, offered to give us a pic of the "Bad Education" director, and being big fans, we eagerly accepted.


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"The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things" writer and subject JT LeRoy (left) hung out with friends including pop star Pink at Schwabs following the screening of the film at AFI, directed by Asia Argento. Pink climbed atop the table, and a few photogs who recognized her, snapped away.


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Tartan Films USA head Bob Myerson walked with South by Southwest Film Festival (SXSW) producer Matt Dentler at the Arclight, en route to Schwabs for a soiree. Dentler was one of the first to spot Pink at the party, and offered to take a picture of her when we were initially intimidated. Dentler also hosted a SXSW party at AFI last Wednesday night.


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Wash Westmoreland's (center) doc "Gay Republicans" caused quite a stir at its screening at AFI, even picking up an award. The Q & A with four of the film's main subjects was mostly civil, although AFI Fest officials had to quiet a shouting brouhaha that took place for a brief moment among ideologically opposing audience members (including yours truly). Westmoreland is pictured here with Strand Releasing co-prez Marcus Hu and Outfest's Kirsten Schaffer at the party for "Gay Republicans" (a lot of Democrats showed up too) at Schwabs.


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Publicist and actor Mickey Cottrell hanging out at the opening night party with friend Dan Ireland, looking a little jet-lagged as he had just returned from directing his fourth feature, "Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont in London" with Dame Joan Plowright.


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Vet producer John Pierson, who recently took up residence in Austin, hangs out at the SXSW party at AFI Fest with Landmark Theaters' Ray Price, and film rep, Jeff "The Dude" Dowd.


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"Seoul Train" co-directors Jim Butterworth and Lisa Sleeth hung out at a West Hollywood bar off Melrose one afternoon for an informal party co-hosted by a group of various people in the industry. Their doc, which had its world premiere at the festival, takes a look at an "underground railroad" of North Koreans escaping to China.


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"Rhythm Is It" co-directors Enrique Sanchez Lansch (left) and Thomas Grube at an AFI reception. Their doc centers on Roysten Maldoom and his transformational No Limit Dance Studio, with its goal of forging an international dance company out of 250 no-experience, at-risk youths to perform Stravinsky’s "The Rite of Spring" with the Berlin Philharmoniker in just six weeks.


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"Ethan Mao" director/writer Quentin Lee (right) hung out with two of the stars of his feature, Jun Hee Lee (left) and Jerry Hernandez at the opening night party. The film had its world debut at the fest.


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