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iPOP at the Toronto International Film Festival, Vol. 3

Indiewire By Indiewire | Indiewire September 17, 2004 at 2:0AM

iPOP at the Toronto International Film Festival, Vol. 3
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iPOP at the Toronto International Film Festival, Vol. 3

by Brian Brooks/indieWIRE

Kodak and indieWIRE threw a bash Monday night along with everyone else it seemed. Our party was at Sage in Toronto. The restaurant has a terrific patio, and luckily for us, the weather cooperated. Filmmmakers and other Toronto International Film Festival attendees stopped by, many of them making the rounds of parties that night, including the soirees for "The Motorcycle Diaries," In Style, Variety, and others. Nevertheless, our party went off splendidly, with soft music and full bar. Kodak gave away some 16mm film in the gift bag, while our friends at Wellspring added a DVD from their roster, plus other goodies. Good Times! So much planning, and seven glasses of wine later, it's all over.




Unifrance held its annual two-and-a-half hour French lunch at Prego in support of French film, which brought out an impressive who's who in French cinema. The crowd dined on some lovely cuisine, and sipped wine. All afternoons should be like that. The French really know how to do lunch! Pictured here is "Anatomy of Hell" director Catherine Breillat (left) with actress Amira Casar. They were actually having a nice time, don't let the non-smiles fool you.


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"Lila Says" actress Vahina Giocante opted out of the pasta in favor of fruit during the Unifrance press luncheon. She's pictured here with the film's director Ziad Doueiri.


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Catherine Verret co-hosted the lunch in support of French film. She's pictured here with director/actor Yvan Attal from the film "And They Lived Happily Ever After."


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"Cinevardaphoto" director Agnes Varda seemed to enjoy having conversation more then getting her picture taken, which we're totally cool with. We'll just take it anyway... Tribeca Film Festival chief Peter Scarlett shared a chat with the maverick French director.


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Kodak's Anne Hubbell did her co-hosting duties Monday night at the Kodak/indieWIRE party saluting the Toronto International Film Festival. Also hanging out is Bingham Ray (formerly of U.A.) and producer Ben Barenholz. A DJ played some soft tunes setting the tone for the mellow affair, while the doormen kept it strict. One co-host almost didn't get in...


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Kodak's Eric Rodli and John Johnston participated in hosting duties, hanging out near the front of Sage as people started to arrive for the party. Also pictured is Johnston's daughter, Erin.


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Actors Ashton Holmes ("A History of Violence") and Kyle Schmid ("Fast Food High") enjoyed the festivities at the Kodak/indieWIRE event. Our event producer, Jonny Leahan, met Holmes (left) at a local record store in Toronto, and extended an invitation.


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South by Southwest (SXSW) festival director Matt Dentler was a great person to hang out with at parties. Here, he's at Sage for the Kodak/indieWIRE to-do with actresses Laura Baggett ("Last Ball") and Jacqueline Kim ("Charlotte Sometimes"). Dentler also accompanied the iW crew a couple of nights to late-night spot Bistro 990, which is allowed to keep the party going until 4am (usual closing time is 2am in Toronto). Ladies, he's a total catch! Boys, dream on...


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The women from "On the Outs" came by the party and added their glam to the occasion. From left to right: Judy Marte ("Victor Vargas"), Paola Mendoza and Anny Mariano.


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The Denver International Film Festival's Brita Erickson and publicist Jenny Chikes give iPOP big grins out on the patio at Sage.


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Rosebud Entertainment's Rudi Furstberger (right) gives Hamptons International Film Festival programmer Rajendra Roy a little snuggle at our party. Furstberger used to work at publicity group Jeremy Walker and Assoc. in New York, but then decided to move back to his native Germany. Now, he lives with the real cool people in Berlin. indieWIRE loves Berlin!


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Fests from coast to coast turned up at our party. Here, some of the gays strike a fab pose. Left to right: Stephen Gutwillig and Kirsten Schaffer from Outfest, Bil Guentzler from the Cleveland International Film Festival, Jennifer Morris from Frameline, and Basil Tsiokos from NewFest.


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Folks from the Toronto International Film Festival press office also stopped by Sage and enjoyed a cocktail or two. From right to left: Naoko Kumagai, Denny Alexander, Sarah Stephens (sorry we got you with your eyes shut Sarah), Cary Migrault, Denny's b/f Bobby Ramsay, and Tonia Addison.


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Film exec Peter Broderick, pictured with producer Midge Sanford, recently started a very cool web site called FilmstoSeeBeforeYouVote.org with a large roster of issue-oriented films. Americans! Please vote this year! Check out his site, get see some films, and get pissed off! If you live in Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan or any other swing state, then register, give the Dems $$, and Vote! Thanks for reading our service message and letting iPOP get that off our chest!


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