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April 12, 2004 2:00 AM
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iPOP at the Inaugural Vail Film Festival

iPOP at the Inaugural Vail Film Festival

by Wendy Mitchell/indieWIRE

The Vail Film Institute hosted the first Vail Film Festival from April 1-4 in the Colorado ski resort town. The festival welcomed quite a few directors and industry notables for the event, including tributees Robert M. Young and Amy Robinson. A number of experts were also on hand for industry panels. Actors Jonathan Lipnicki, Giancarlo Esposito, and several others were also making the scene (Lipnicki took advantage of the festival's setting to do some snowboarding). Parties, with plenty of sponsored goodies, were held at Vail Cascade Resort & Spa, Eagles Nest (high atop the mountain, reachable only by gondola) and other spots around town.




Actor Jonathan Lipnicki and director John Schultz from "When Zachary Beaver Came to Town," which made its premiere in Vail.


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Ben and Toby Barraud, cousins and co-directors (with Manny Kivowitz) of the bike messenger documentary "Red Light Go." The gents trekked up the mountain for the Friday night party at Eagles Nest despite a tiring day on the slopes.


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Hanging in the tap room after Sunday morning's critics panel are moderator Anne Thompson (The Guardian, The New York Times, The Washington Post) with critics Jeffrey Wells (MoviePoopShoot.com), Nathan Lee (the New York Sun), Howie Movshovitz (Colorado Public Radio), and Godfrey Cheshire (The Independent Weekly). Cheshire was also on the fest's advisory board and screening committee.


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Festival founders Sean Cross, Denis Jensen, and Scott Cross toast the first festival at Saturday night's awards party at Vail Cascade.


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Brothers Tim Scarne and Thomas Ian Nicholas from "LA DJ" at Friday's VIP party. The guys also hosted a bash at a local bar on Thursday night, as well as a DJ session at a bar on Friday night and a surprise concert by Nicholas at the Red Lion on Saturday night.


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Producer Gill Holland (on Vail's advisory board), manager Lillian LaSalle, and actor Giancarlo Esposito (star of the festival film "Noise" as well as classics such as "Do the Right Thing") hang out at the awards show.


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Brothers Jeff and Josh Crook, co-directors of "The Fittest," at Friday's VIP party. Their film is described as "a darkly comic tale of survival in suburbia."


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Kit Carson, writer of "Paris, Texas" and producer of such films as "Bottle Rocket," strikes a pose at the Tap Room on Sunday. His son Hunter was also in town with his short film "With It."


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Filmmakers Peter Seiben and Dick Hovenga celebrate their win (including trophy and scotch) of the festival's Gershwin Showcase, which awarded $5000 to a short film that incorporated a George and Ira Gershwin song. The Dutchmen won with their short "Bittersweet," about an old man's memories of his late wife.


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Nina Martinek, panelist and director of short film "The Dock," catches up with Emily Grace, the star of "What Alice Found."


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