OPENING NIGHT: The Rabbi Makes Out...In His Dreams
by Mark Rabinowitz
The 1996 Hamptons International film festival (HIFF), and opened with a nice
little soiree in the VIP tent next to Nick & Toni's restaurant here in
Autumnal East Hampton, NY. Nick & Toni's is actually owned by Jeff & Toni. He, Salaway; she Ross.
They, Married. Got it. No word yet on who this Nick guy is.
There was significant buzz (all of it positive) over the opening night's
film, "Some Mother's Son," directed by Terry George, a highly emotional account of how 2
Irish women are forced to choose between saving their sons' lives, and honoring their political
convictions. Set during the 1981 IRA hunger
strike. Sound's like something I'm gonna see.
Food wasn't bad. Same as last year. I wonder, though...how in the hell did
they make the potatoes purple?
Ran into some good friends at the party. Some expected, some not. Among the
former were the ever lovely LAIFF Managing Director, Linda Kelly, and the
slightly republican-looking Filmmaker Magazine Publisher (and indieWIRE
cohort), Karol Martesko. In addition, present were: actor and HIFF Golden
Starfish jury member- Roy Scheider, Spalding Gray- star of
festival entrant GRAY'S ANATOMY, and actor/producer/screenwriter (and East Hampton resident) LM Kit Carson.
Jay Chandraskehar, director of HIFF's
American Independents Showcase film, "Puddle Cruiser," was also on
hand. The American Independents Showcase is the ten film line-up from which the Golden Starfish winner is culled.
The dancing started, and the locals (and some out-of-towners -- was that you,
Susan Jacobs?) started cutting the rug on the dance floor. The cigars were
lit, the desserts came out, and a good time was had by all. Unfortunately, I
didn't get to the desserts. I had a cigar in one hand, and my red wine in the
other. No hand for dessert. I can do without it, anyway.
Not an amazing, slam-bang, star-packed, fireworks kind of night. Good. It was
a pleasant fall evening, spent in a tent with several hundred people I don't
know. Well, whaddaya expect? It's a film festival! More tomorrow!