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iPOP at the "Tanner on Tanner" Premiere

Indiewire By Indiewire | Indiewire October 7, 2004 at 2:0AM

iPOP at the "Tanner on Tanner" Premiere
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iPOP at the "Tanner on Tanner" Premiere

by Eugene Hernandez

"Tanner on Tanner," the new four-episode Sundance Channel series from Robert Altman and Garry Trudeau, debuted part one on Tuesday night, but the night before the TV premiere, Sundance Channel, Altman's Sandcastle Productions and NETFLIX joined forces for a gala gathering to toast the program. A screening at the Regal Union Square Stadium 14 offered showings of all four episodes of the series which takes a look back at the failed 1988 presidential bid by Jack Tanner (played by Michael Murphy). In the new series, a follow-up to Altman and Trudeau's "Tanner '88," the former candidate's daughter (played by Cynthia Nixon) is struggling to make a documentary about her father. Along the way, filmmaker Alex Tanner faces an uphill battle and crosses paths with numerous real-life politicos at this year's Democratic convention in Boston, including Richard Gephardt, Howard Dean, Madeline Albright, and even doc filmmaker Alexandra Kerry. Monday night's party in New York drew a mix of entertainment and political figures to America Restaurant on 18th St. The new series is airing on Tuesday's on Sundance Channel.




Former MPAA chief Jack Valenti, making the party rounds in Manhattan on Monday, dropped in early at the gathering alongside NY Times columnist Maureen Dowd, The New Yorker's Henrik Hertzberg and others. The group were apparently partying earlier in the evening at a "New Yorker" event. Pictured here, Valenti drops in for a brief visit at Robert Altman's table. (Notably, not even one year ago, the two were on opposite sides of a lawsuit - Altman's Sandcastle Productions was one of many companies that sued the MPPA in last year's screener ban battle.)


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Over at the Regal Union Square theater earlier in the evening (left to right), "Tanner on Tanner" stars Cynthia Nixon and Michael Murphy joined Garry Trudeau and Altman to introduce the screening of all four episodes of the series.


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Monday's well-organized and festive gathering filled New York's America Restaurant which was decorated with a patriotic array of balloons and bunting. Revelers noshed on all-American foods including mini-burgers, tiny hot dogs, quesadillas, and spring rolls.


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Inside the party, filmmaker John Sayles (director of the recent "Silver City") chats with "Tanner" star Michael Murphy.


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Diana Holtzberg from Films Transit with Katy Chevigny, one of the filmmakers behind "Deadline," the documentary about the death penalty in Illinois.


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Former New York City Public Advocate and mayoral candidate Mark Green, author of "Selling Out: How Big Corporate Money Buys Elections, Rams Through Legislation, and Betrays Our Democracy" took a moment to chat with iPOP, calling our job "Hard Work," mocking President Bush's frequent use of the phrase during last week's debate.


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One of the big hits of the "Tanner on Tanner" party were the mini bottles of Moët & Chandon distributed with a unique sipper for easy guzzling. (The beverages were reminiscent of the many mini Veuve Clicquot bottles that were distributed to guests at the opening night party in Cannes this year celebrating Almodovar's "Bad Education," and equally as popular.)


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A trio of Libras, all born within just a few days of each other during the same undisclosed year, marked the moment with a quick pose for iPOP. Pictured are regularly indieWIRE contributor (and party planner) Jonny Leahan, Kodak's Anne Hubbell and producer Diana Williams.


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