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iPOP at the Los Angeles Film Festival

Indiewire By Indiewire | Indiewire June 30, 2005 at 2:0AM

iPOP at the Los Angeles Film Festival
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iPOP at the Los Angeles Film Festival

by Brian Brooks/indieWIRE

The Los Angeles Film Festival ended Sunday after 10 days of screenings, panels, parties, and some good ole L.A. schmoozing. The event began with the North American premiere of "Down in the Valley" by David Jacobson, attracting a nice cadre of who's who to the AcrLight and later to the Hollywood Palladium for the after-party. A nice number of celebs, and of course filmmakers, made it out for many events throughout the festival.




Actor Mario Van Peebles was one of the celeb guests who partied down at the opening of the Los Angeles Film Festival party, which was held at the Hollywood Palladium. Van Peebles boogied on down near the stage of the venue with other attendees, and it looked like a lot of fun (from what we could see from afar near the bar).


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Actor Rory Culkin hung out near the entrance of the Hollywood Palladium with his mother at the beginning of the party (we motioned for her to join him in the pic, but she shied away). Culkin starred in the LAFF's opening night film, "Down in the Valley," by writer/director David Jacobson (North American premiere). We didn't see the other stars in the film, including Edward Norton and Evan Rachel Wood, although they were apparently there. Perhaps tucked comfortably in the VIP?


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One of the coolest pop sightings we had at the opening night party was seeing actors Cassandra Peterson and Paul Reubens (AKA, Elvira: Mistress of the Dark and Pee-Wee Herman) taking a stroll together and giving greetings to admirers. Kudos to friends who spotted them in the large room, we're not totally sure we would've recognized them sans their garb.


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Another great pop (as in pop culture by the way, not iPOP - although they're pretty synonymous) moment was at the party for Rick Rosenthal's "Nearing Grace" (narrative competition) and seeing actress Donna Mills (as in that bitch Abbey Cunningham Ewing of TV's "Knotts Landing"). She looked absolutely fabulous, and seeing her made up for the fact we didn't get to take pics of the director or actors in the film, and the fact it took over 30 minutes to find street parking.


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Looking fab at the "Nearing Grace" party, Paramount Classics acquisitions execs Susan Wrubel and Joe Matukewicz. The party featured these pre-made margaritas in a bottle, which were interesting, and they had a lot of sushi to go around. We still like our margs with Herradura and Grand Marnier though.


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A nice sunny afternoon hanging out at the Laemmle Sunset 5 in Hollywood. Festival director Rich Raddon (left) chatted with "One Out of Two" director Alejo Taube, "Be Here to Love Me" director Margaret Brown, and "New York Dolls" director Greg Whiteley.


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Miranda July's "Me and You and Everyone We Know" won an audience prize at the LAFF, adding to its list of accolades. The LAFF screening was also the film's Los Angeles premiere, where a packed house attended the first screening at the Directors Guild of America building, one of the festival's main venues. IFC Films then held a party for the film at nearby Dar Maghreb, a Moroccan restaurant off Sunset Blvd. with a great interior. Pictured here at the party are director Miranda July (left), producer Gina Kwon, and IFC Entertainment president, Jonathan Sehring.


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LAFF hosted a series of panel talks at the DGA, including this one with award-winning writers, moderated by Howard Rodman (middle), who wrote "Saving Grace." Joining him on the panel, which LAFF called "Coffee Talk" (yes, there was free coffee) were writers Mark Norman ("Shakespeare in Love") and "The Player" scribe Michael Tolkin (right). Norman joked at the beginning of the discussion that although he grew up in Los Angeles, he didn't know anyone in the film industry, so he got his start working in the mailroom at Universal, which segued him to his first paid writing gig.


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Tokion Magazine hosted a party for "Junebug," which screened in the Summer Previews section at the festival. Festgoers trekked out to Echo Park, Los Angeles' latest cool neighborhood to attract the coolios. "The O.C." actor Ben McKenzie, who stars in the film, joined director Phil Morrison (right) outside the great backyard area of the venue off Sunset Blvd. Sony Classics will release the film later this year.


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"Cavité" co-writers and directors Neill Dela Llana and Ian Gamazon (left) at the Laemmle Sunset 5 during the festival. The two were recruited to contribute their LAFF experiences on the LAFF blog on indieWIRE, and they did splendidly - not flakey. Their film (we highly recommend it) screened in the narrative competition.


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Film Independent (FIND) executive director Dawn Hudson chatted with director Gary Winick ("Tadpole," "13 Going on 30") at the Centerpiece gala held at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences building in Beverly Hills. FIND organizes the annual Los Angeles Film Festival.


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Rodrigo Garcia's "Nine Lives" screened as the festival's Centerpiece at the AMPAS building, with a nice-sized party held in the lobby of the building afterward (a little more air conditioning please). Pictured with Garcia (middle) are Magnolia Pictures president Eamonn Bowles, filmmaker Kasi Lemmons (who is also a FIND board member), and FIND executive director Dawn Hudson (right). Magnolia Pictures officially announced it will be distributing the film.


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So cute, we couldn't resist! "Lords of Dogtown" star Emile Hirsch hung out at the party with acquaintance/friend/um, who knows? actress Amanda Seyfried at the party. Seyfried stars in LAFF Centerpiece "Nine Lives." Thanks Karen for Oberman for setting that one up!


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This was a Theater Queen's wet dream! LAFF hosted "Poolside Chats" at the Four Seasons Hotel in West Hollywood (the hotel says Beverly Hills, but we know better). The topic for this particular discussion was "When Oscar Met Tony," a look at Broadway productions that go to the screen. From right to left: Moderator Pete Hammond (journalist), MGM on stage president Darcie Denkert, writer/director Bill Condon "(Kinsey," "Chicago") producer Mark Platt ("Happy Endings," which closed the LAFF), George C. Wolfe ("Angels in America") and actor Joel Gray ("Cabaret"). Condon said he's currently working on the screen version of "The Dreamgirls."


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"The Beat That My Heart Skipped" director Jacques Audiard (right) with "Unknown White Male" director Rupert Murray at the DGA building before Audiard introduced his film. Wellsrping will open "Beat" this summer.


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"Syrian Bride" director Eran Riklis at the Laemmle Sunset 5 in Hollywood. His film screened in the festival's International Showcase. LAFF will move next year to Westwood. Go Bruins!


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The kids from David LaChapelle's "Rize" did a krumping demonstration outside the Sunset 5 the final weekend of the festival, attracting a huge crowd to view the dance which has its roots in South Los Angeles.


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