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The Buzz For January 3, 2003: Holiday Party Redux, Looking Forward To Sundance, "Darko" At Midnight

The Buzz For January 3, 2003: Holiday Party Redux, Looking Forward To Sundance, "Darko" At Midnight

by Wendy Mitchell











Jake Gyllenhaal in Richard Kelly's "Donnie Darko."

© 2001 Newmarket



INDUSTRY MOVES:

Adam Schiff has left Rubenstein PR to work for the film and
digital entertainment division of Rogers & Cowan.

CHRISTMAS PARTY REDUX:

We're all still dead tired from New Year's, and pre-Christmas seems like
eons ago, yet there were a few late Christmas parties that Buzz has yet to
report on. December 19 was the Independent Film Channel's 2003
preview and holiday party at swank and cavernous Splashlight
Studios
. "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" had garnered some Golden
Globe
nominations earlier in the day, so they were really ready to
celebrate. A British DJ spun cool tunes, partyers drank strange "-tini"
drinks that were poured through an ice sculpture, and everyone chowed on
basil shrimp and little parcels of lo mein. Aside from the IFC bigwigs, some
folks we spotted in the crowd: "Tadpole" director Gary Winick,
Albert Maysles, UA's Jack Turner, director Lucy Walker,
John Cameron Mitchell, and many others.

From there, we went downtown (in terms of location AND vibe) to the
Plexifilm bash at Piano's. We unfortunately missed the DJ sets by the
Plexifilm staff, but we did enjoy chatting with the Plexi crew, visiting
with Mindy Bond from the IFP, meeting the skater dudes behind
"Fruit of the Vine," and catching up with the ever-charming Ed
Halter
of the New York Underground Film Festival and "Horns
and Halos"
director Michael Galinsky, who was a proud papa
showing off pics of his daughter Fiona.

SPOTLIGHT ON "DARKO":

Richard Kelly's "Donnie Darko," starring our personal
fave Jake Gyllenhaal, is such a cult hit that it's now celebrating
its one-year anniversary of midnight screenings at New York's ultra hip
Pioneer Theater. To mark the occasion, Kelly will appear at the
Pioneer on January 11 for a Q&A following the movie. The film, his debut
feature, stars Gyllenhaal as a troubled teen who sees a supernatural rabbit
that warns him of the apocalypse. For info, visit www.twoboots.com.

SUNDANCE PARTY PREVIEW:

While the party season was briefly interrupted bythe
holidays, with the Sundance Film Festival approaching, no doubt
people are starting to consider party options in Park City. One soiree that
has peaked our interest is the Park City celebration on Friday, January 17.
Organizers are planning an outdoor gathering on Main Street from 8-10 p.m.,
complete with street performers and an after-concert at the popular local
watering hole, Harry O's. Other official fetes for Sundance 2002 include a
closing
night, post-Awards shindig at the popular Park City Silver Mine attraction,
site of Slamdance events in recent years as well as the infamous
Lapdance parties.
Sundance will open on the 16th with a screening at Abravnel Hall and a party
in the Grand Hall at Union Pacific Depot.

HAYNES SPEAKS:

The festival masses won't be heading to Nantucket until June, but the
fest's "off island" programming department is hosting a conversation with
filmmaker Todd Haynes (chatting with Rolling Stone's Peter
Travers
). They will, of course, talk about his latest opus, "Far From
Heaven."
The evening starts at 7 p.m. on January 13 at the Hudson Hotel
in New York. Cocktails will be served before and after the discussion, maybe
even a
retro-styled dacquiri like Julianne Moore sips with her housewife
friends in the movie. The entrance fee is $15, to reserve a spot:
gregory@bluecashew.com or 212.946.4548

DVD WATCH:

For anyone who is hooking up their shiny new DVD player that they got for
Xmas (Buzz is proud to have figured out how to hook ours up all by
ourself!), there are a wealth of new indie titles available. We thought we'd
point out a few that have crossed our radar recently: BBC America
Video

offers the first season of our favorite British sitcom, "Coupling."
It's like a much bawdier, more realistic version of "Friends." indie
DVD company Plexifilm has released the 1972 cult classic "Ciao!
Manhattan,"
starring Edie Sedgwick, plus the skateboarding doc
"Fruit of the Vine." Indie film fans will also enjoy Columbia TriStar's
"An Evening with Kevin Smith,"
culled from the director's Q&A tours of
college campuses. The two-disc set clocks in at a whopping 224 minutes,
hopefully none of them featuring dead air courtesy of Silent Bob. First
Run Features
brings us Mark Kitchell's classic "Berkeley in
the Sixties,"
as well as Joe Maggio's acclaimed first feature
"Virgil Bliss." Lastly, "Personal Velocity" fans can check out
director Rebecca Miller's first film, "Angela," now on DVD
from New Video and IFC Films.

QUOTABLE:

"I always looked at the Oscars as a creation of public relations. It's good
for who it's good for and bad for nobody. And it's a great night out, seeing
everybody down there. Who doesn't like seeing movie stars? That's why I
started working in the business."
-- Jack Nicholson, telling Entertainment Weekly about the
Academy Awards

Got a hot news tip or want to share some film biz gossip? Email us at
buzz@indiewire.com

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