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iPOP at the Toronto International Film Festival, Vol. 4

Indiewire By Indiewire | Indiewire September 20, 2004 at 2:0AM

iPOP at the Toronto International Film Festival, Vol. 4
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iPOP at the Toronto International Film Festival, Vol. 4

by Brian Brooks/indieWIRE

This iPOP includes a quick overview of a few of the parties and events we consumed our fill of during the Toronto International Film Festival, but with new images. Also included are pics from the party for "The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things," held at the Bovine Sex Club on Toronto's trendy Queen Street West.




Author JT LeRoy (right) donned a longer head of hair than when we last saw him in Cannnes. LeRoy's new novella "Harold's End," described as a 'street hustler power ballad' comes out in December '04. We managed an advance copy, and we cannot wait for things to calm down for a few moments in order to read it. LeRoy picked out the rockin' music at the event, while director/actor Asia Argento spinned. Anyway, LeRoy is seen here with Emily, a member of his family, as well as "Tarnation" director Jonathan Caouette.


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"Heart is Deceitful Above All Things" director/actor Asia Argento did a little spinning with a little help from a friend. Argento is simply H-O-T!!, without a doubt... She played music picked out by JT, including great punk and hard rock tunes. The crowd really got going when "Anarchy in the U.K." went blaring. Javier Giner, from Pedro Almodovar's El Deseo Prod. (not pictured) strolled up beside Argento during the song and playfully gave everyone the finger a-la punk rock to her approval (Argento gave the bird during some songs too).


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The crowd at "The Heart is Deceitful" blast enjoyed terrific hors d' oeuvres at the Bovine Sex Club including tasty grillled cheese sandwiches with ketchup for dipping, mac 'n cheese, mini bugers, and Shanghai noodles passed around by some very sexy servers. In between downing cocktails and comfort food, partiers, at least in the main room, danced away. Here left to right: Michelle Moretta of Springer Assoc., Javier Giner from Almodovar's El Deseo Prod. (sportin' his tongue ring), and Jessica Uzzan from the International House of Publicity.


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Palm Pictures acquisitions exec David Koh, and Art House Films' Jose Martinez walked the scene at the "Heart is Deceitful" party.


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The pics here and below include a selection of images from the festival. Pictured here at the CHUM/CityTV Festival Schmooze, held the first weekend of the festival at their very cool Queen Street West studios is "Queer is Folk" star Peter Paige inside the VIP area following a television interview. The party is always one of our Toronto favs, and included a bevvy of celebrityage.


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"Saw" director James Wan (center) told us he was prompted to make his thriller "Saw" because of 'poverty' as a student. He teamed up with James Whannell (right), who wrote and stars in the film, and producer Mark Burg to make the feature, which played in the festival's "Midnight Madness" section.


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Berlinale '04 film "Walk on Water," had its North American premiere in Toronto. Samuel Goldwyn, which will release the film in the United States, held a dinner at Prego, for the film. Pictured here is director/producer Eytan Fox (right) and writer/producer Gal Uchovsky.


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We were thrilled to see the Paramount Classics acquisitions team at the Kodak/indieWIRE party. iPOP doesn't get to hang out with them too much since they live in Los Angeles, but hopefully we'll get a chance to go out to lala for some fun (and to visit home/friends/family) this autumn. New Yorkers like to take the piss out of L.A., but its home to some of the iW staff, so we like it. In the pic is Ben Cotner (left), Susan Wrubel (former NYer) and Joe Matukewicz.


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Hanging in the patio at the Kokak/indieWIRE festivities, American Museum of the Moving Image programmer, Peter Dowd (left) and writer Gabe Klinger.


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Whoopin' it up at the closing night party for the Toronto International Film Festival (left to right): True/False Film Festival co-founder David Wilson meets up with new friends including Jennifer Silva of the Sarasota Film Festival, David Kwok of the Tribeca Film Festival, and Sarasota's Keri Nakamoto. The Davids were our frequent companions to the many (and we do mean many) events we attended at this year's Toronto fest. Cheers David and David!!


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The closing night party really played up the "Hollywood North" concept with street signs from both L.A. and Toronto throughout the party, and its own version of the Hollywood sign. "LALAWOOD" also referred to the closing night film, "Jiminy Glick in Lalawood."


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Inside the Four Seasons Hotel after receiving the Bravo! Fact Short Cuts Canada Award ($10,000 CAD) for their film, "Man Feel Pain," actor/co-producer Brad Dryborough, producer Wendy Russell, writer/co-producer Kris Elgstrand, and director/co-producer, Dylan Akio Smith. Russell, sitting in the audience where attendees were served a breakfast prior to the winner announcements early Sunday afternoon, gasped with surprise when they were announced the winner of the award.


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