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iPOP at the New York Film Festival, Part 1

Indiewire By Indiewire | Indiewire October 8, 2004 at 2:0AM

iPOP at the New York Film Festival, Part 1
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iPOP at the New York Film Festival, Part 1

by Eugene Hernandez

A variety of parties and premieres marked the first week of the 17-day New York Film Festival. The event kicked off with its annual gala evening on October 1st, featuring Lincoln Center screenings of Agnes Jaoui's "Look at Me" and, on a beautiful New York fall evening, a snazzy party at Central Park's Tavern on the Green restaurant. On the following night, fest-goers caught David Gordon Green's latest, "Undertow," and partied in a penthouse overlooking Times Square. Finally, mid-week brought the anticipated NY premiere of Jonathan Caouette's "Tarnation" with an after-party on the Upper West Side.




Saturday night at The Ava Lounge (in the Penthouse of The Dream Hotel) in Midtown Manhattan, "Undertow" director David Gordon Green and film co-star Jamie Bell take a moment to pose for a few iPOP photos. Talking with Green and Bell, it was hard to forget the moment at the New York Film Festival four years ago, when Green debuted his first film "George Washington," and told indieWIRE that he had just watched "Billy Elliot" on two consecutive days and how impressed he was with the young star of the film. Years later, embarking on his own "'Billy Elliott' in the South," Green decided to tap Jamie Bell for a lead role.


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Filmmaker Mike Leigh and star of his new film, "Vera Drake," met the NY press earlier this week after a screening of their powerful new movie. Leigh, a veteran of the NYFF, ridiculed a media member's question during the press conference, and later laughed about his film being rejected by the Cannes Film Festival, reiterating a quip from awards night in Venice where he joked that were it not for his Cannes rejection, he wouldn't have been in Venice accepting the festival's top prize.


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Capping what has been a busy festival run, Jonathan Caouette took a moment to smile at the end of a party celebrating the New York Film Festival debut of his first feature, "Tarnation." Caouette and company celebrated a long list of rave reviews that greeted the movie earlier in the day, on the eve of its theatrical debut at Film Forum on Wednesday.


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Wellspring head of theatrical distribution Ryan Werner with Stephen Winter, the producer of "Tarnation" who discovered the film at MIX: New York's Lesbian & Gay Experimental Film Festival, with Winter's Mom at the "Tarnation" party at Compass in Manhattan.


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At the "Tarnation" partyu: Wendy Sax from IFP/New York with The Film Society of Lincoln Center's Marian Masone and former head of Film/Video Arts in New York, Eileen Newman, new to IFP/New York.


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French filmmaker Arnaud Desplechin (right), hanging out with the smokers outside the "Tarnation" party, with a star of his film, actress Magali Woch, still recuperating from a bout of jet lag.


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At Friday night's opening night New York Film Festival party, on a great night under the stars at Tavern on the Green, are "Look at Me" director, co-star, and co-writer Agnes Jaoui with the film's lead, actress Marilou Berry.


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Earlier in the week at the "Look at Me" press screening are Sony Classics' Dylan Leiner with the film's producer, Christian Bérard.


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Also chatting after the "Look at Me" screening are Sony Classics co-president Tom Bernard with Agnes Jaoui.


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Stalwarts from the press corp covering the annual New York Film Festival are Scott and Barbara Siegel of the Siegel Entertainment Network, here celebrating the festival at the opening night party.


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Hanging out at the Tavern on the Green soiree, Good Machine alums Anthony Bregman of This is That and Mary Jane Skalski of Antidote Films.


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Josh Green from Sony Music and Nicolette Aizenberg from IDP at the NYFF opening night celebration, with actor and producer Ronald Guttman.


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Festival fixture Sylvia Miles at Tavern on the Green.


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After the swanky Central Park party, many guests cabbed it downtown for the second year in a row for nightcaps at the Village Restaurant on 9th St. Posing for a quick shot are John Vanco and Wellspring's Marisa Keselica, co-workers from back in the Cowboy Pictures days.


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Hanging late night at the Village, John McCarron and Ben Stambler from Magnolia Pictures.


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