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iPOP at the Florida Film Festival

iPOP at the Florida Film Festival

by Brian Brooks/indieWIRE

Visiting Florida in the middle of a New York winter is always a good thing, although the first weekend of the event was a bit sticky, but the latter part of the event, which took place March 5-14, was perfect! Among those enjoying the warmth at the fest was actor/director Campbell Scott, who stuck around after his opening night film, "Off the Map" screened at the wonderful Enzian Theater, which hosts the fest. Also in Orlando for the festivities was "Monster" director Patty Jenkins, who shot her lauded film in Central Florida, as well as Newmarket head ("Monster"'s distributor) Bob Berney, along with other industry peeps who participated in a distributors' panel. Also in Orlando, iPOP visited our very talented partners from GMD Studios who are based there. [Wendy Mitchell contributed to this report].










"Off the Map" director Campbell Scott took a train down to Orlando for the Florida Film Festival where his film opened the fest at the ever-so-cool Enzian Theater. The large crowds at his screening stayed inside the theater for a Q&A despite the fact that the opening night party was already underway outside. Here, he is hanging out with FFF staffer Jesse Wolfe in the foyer of the Enzian near the deserts (although I didn't see them eat any).


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The little black dress is perfect for the opening night engagement in the warm Orlando evening. Enzian president Sigrid Tiedtke enjoyed herself at the opener greeting guests including Brian Clark, from GMD Studios/indieWIRE.


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Programming director Matthew Curtis (left) showed "Milwaukee, Minnesota" director Allan Mindel the ropes at the party, introducing him to the locals and press. Mindel later told indieWIRE the opening night party was "great."


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"Milwaukee, Minnesota" director Allan Mindel praised fellow FFF feature "Dear Pillow" to iW after the fest had ended. Here, the director of the film, Bryan Poyser (left) and producer Jake Vaughn get their iPOP close-up.


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Tearing up the dance floor... Local denizen Miss Sammy found her partner and kicked up her heels at the outdoor opener. (She also hosts a kick-ass Sunday brunch in Orlando that will let you forget all about Saturday night).


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Troma founder Lloyd Kaufman joined the festivities in Flaaarida, bringing along one of his contemporaries.


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Animation legend Bill Plympton, in Orlando with "Hair High," with publicist and consultant Gary Springer.


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One of the "Monster" producers Clark Peterson, "Monster" director (and special festival award recipient) Patty Jenkins, and Suzy Allen from the Metro Orlando Film & Entertainment Commission at the awards gala.


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"Words" director Gregg Brown (left) and producer, Jason Holzman hang at a local haunt one fine FFF eve with the Enzian's marketing and media director, Shannon Lacek.


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The gang from the short film "Stuck," playing in the Festival's Florida Shorts program, at the VIP party at Orlando's new Downtown Media Arts Center. Left to right: producer/writer Kurt Bauerle, actor Ken Howard ("The White Shadow," "Crossing Jordan," director Clark Harris, and producer/writer Brett Jaffee.


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After deliberations, the narrative features jury celebrates at a Mexican-themed party at the home of festival founders Philip and Sigrid Tiedtke. Left to right: Filmmaker Joel Hopkins ("Jump Tomorrow"), indieWIRE managing editor Wendy Mitchell, and TC Rice of Manhattan Pictures.


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The first full day of the festival, members of the Florida Film Critics Circle took part on a panel on a wide-array of topics ranging from last year's films to the ratings system of the MPAA. After the panel (moderated by indieWIRE's Brian Brooks) the group posed in a very Floridian looking scene. Participants included Christopher Lloyd (Ocala Star-Banner), Steve Schneider (The Orlando Weekly), Jay Boyar (Orlando Sentinel), and Jeff Farance (The News-Journal of Daytona).


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indieWIRE's partners at GMD Studios in Orlando showed Brian Brooks a good time down in good ole Orlando. Some of the crew pictured here took us to dinner, and even drove Brian Brooks around town one fine Saturday night for a little carousing. Pictured from left to right: Brian Clark, artist Irina Ashcraft, JD Ashcraft, friend PJ Owen, and GMDer Jamie Miller (lookin' good squinting).


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