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iPOP at the NYC Premiere Parties for "Maria Full of Grace" and "A Home at the End of the World"

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

iPOP at the NYC Premiere Parties for "Maria Full of Grace" and "A Home at the End of the World"
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iPOP at the NYC Premiere Parties for "Maria Full of Grace" and "A Home at the End of the World"

by Brian Brooks/indieWIRE

HBO and Fine Line hosted quite a bash for the New York premiere of Josh Marston's "Maria Full of Grace" on Tuesday night at Splashlight Studios on the West Side. Mojitos were the drink of the evening (nicely mixed by the way, not too sweet) and a great brunch of Latin edibles, including a carnivores' delight of meat, chicken, fish, etc. along with salads and a few open bars to wash it all down with (after your fill of mojitos of course). Director Marston and star Catalina Sandino Moreno were on hand to do interviews with an HBO camera crew, and took pictures with admirers. Later, some invitees ripped up the make-shift dance floor as a DJ played Latin tunes. The desserts were also a particular treat! Warm churros were passed out fresh (an especially fine treat here on the East Coast) as well as an outstanding banana chocolate concoction. So good in fact, that an acquisitions exec friend of indieWIRE's emailed us the next day and wrote, "how about those banana things?" Una fiesta buena para la boca!

On Wednesday night, Killer Films, John Wells, Plymouth Projects, and Hart Sharp Entertainment were the hosts of a "special screening and celebration" of Michael Mayer's "A Home at the End of the World" at the Maritime Hotel in Chelsea. The setting was very nice, atop the hotel's roof complete with sweeping views of the Hudson and Midtown Manhattan. Violent thunderstorms threatened to douse the mostly outdoor party earlier in the day, but things mostly cleared up by the end of the screening, just in time for the party. How convenient...




"Maria Full of Grace" director Josh Marston (center) had a lot of people who wanted to talk to him (no surprise) at the New York premiere of his film on Tuesday night. HBO and Fine Line hosted quite a bash for the event. Marston is pictured here with his lawyer, Sue Bodine, and his agent, David Lonner from William Morris. iW asked if we could take his picture with both his agent and lawyer on either side, and he joked, "don't mess with Josh Marston." He later took to the dance floor with friends.


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Ay que bonita! "Maria" star Catalina Sandino Moreno is definitely No Mule (you'll have to see the film to get that bit of satire). Moreno had a steady stream of guys and gals approaching her to ask for photos, including us. iW asked her for one, and took out the camera to shoot, and she said, "oh just alone?" We think it worked out fine.


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Paul Mezey, producer of "Maria Full of Grace," cheek to cheek (well almost) with his wife in a nice summery dress at the party.


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"Everyday People" star Bridget Barkan was a fun livewire at the party, offering to take pictures for iPOP (of us no less, but of course we're just shy) but instead we pulled the camera thing on her. Here, she said she was imitating a scene from "Before Sunset" when Julie Delpy pretends to be Nina Simone. All in good fun naturally, she loved the movie.


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Fine Line founder Ira Deutchman, who currently heads Emerging Pictures, enjoying the event with his wife, Beth Krieger.


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Producer George LaVoo and Dennis O'Connor, head of domestic theatrical releasing for HBO Films work the crowd both looking handsome in their blazers.


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Rep Steven Raphael, Killer Films' Jocelyn Hayes, and Fine Line's Meredith Finn form a party triumvirate in the quest for schmooze. Actually, they were just chatting when we came upon them.


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Walking as a trio out on the balcony of the Splashlight Studios, Eva Kolodner from Salty Pictures (left) with Killer Films' Charles Pugliese and Katie Roumel. Roumel was the co-producer of "A Home at the End of the World."


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"A Home at the End of the World" producers Jeff Sharp (left) and John Hart of Hart Sharp Entertainment at the party for the film Wednesday night on the roof of the Maritime Hotel in Chelsea. This wasn't quite the spontaneous pose that we usually look for, we kind of choreographed it to get the two partners together. They were great sports.


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This photo was actually a bit more spontaneous, in only that we stumbled upon them posing for a photo on the way to get a glass of wine. "Home" star Sissy Spacek with friend, actress Patricia Clarkson.


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Michael Cunningham (left) wrote both the novel and screenplay for "A Home at the End of the World." He locks a cute embrace here with indie film insider (and fab DJ), Mark Tusk.


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There was an unusually high per capita of cuties at this party for some reason, even by NYC film party standards. Joining the crowd was Ryan Donowho, who starred in the film.


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Magnolia chief Eamonn Bowles (left) endured three camera flashes in his eyes from iPOP because Micah Green from Cinetic has a habit of closing his eyes.


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Sitting down for a bit of a chat and rest at the end of the party, "A Home at the End of the World" co-producer Jocelyn Hayes (making her second iPOP appearance in this edition), Warner Independent Pictures' Paul Federbush, and Miramax's Arianna Bocco.


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