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TIFF 2004.1: Fire Drills

TIFF 2004.1: Fire Drills

I wanna give a big shout-out to whomever it was on the 14th floor of my hotel that decided to start a fire at 6:00 in the morning… Thanks.

After a late night at the Opening Party for the Toronto Festival, I was awakened by a PA announcing, “Please leave the building, do not use the elevators.” It was 6 a.m. I seriously considered sleeping through it. But hey, why not spend the early morning hours on the street, looking up at my hotel with the rest of my fellow sleepwalkers…

Fire trucks pulled up, firemen ran in. Who knows what happened or why or how. All I know is, I started my way back in to crash before we got the official clear to move in.

Maybe it wouldn’t have been such a hassle if I had gotten home before 2:00 a.m. last night, as I did, because I went to the fabulous Opening Night Party. Without a pass, the amazing and talented Blaine Thurier (who’s second feature, Male Fantasty, screens at TIFF after premiering at SXSW 2004) had an extra pass I could get from him. Thanks, Blaine!

I spent the party with Brian and Eugene from indieWIRE, as well as David from Tribeca. Lots of food, lots of drinks, the whole nine yards.

Now, I must be going to finish checking in at the Industry area and make my way to some films…

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