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TIFF 2004.3: Love Burns

TIFF 2004.3: Love Burns

Just got out of the screening of 9 Songs. Totally worked for me and not for everyone, but I love all the bands the film features. In a nutshell, this is Michael Winterbottom’s new film and it’s not much more than this couple having a bunch of sex and going to see a bunch of concerts. That’s pretty much it. It’s just a film about atmosphere, the space between people, and the difference between together & alone. And the music is great, with appearances by Franz Ferdinand, The Dandy Warhols, and more. It all wraps up with a serene performance by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club’s intense “Love Burns.”

Before the screening, I stopped by to see how Double Dare was doing. Its public screening was packed and the Cinetic folks were onhand, keeping a close eye on things. I was happy to see the director, Amanda, who was in the middle of last-minute soundcheck stuff. The doc played SXSW 2004 and went over so well. It’s a great film that should be seen.

Last night concluded with the Silver City party at the Drake Hotel. It was actually really fun and I got a chance to see more of my favorite film folks like Bingham Ray, Christian from Technicolor, Bob Berney, etc. Shortly before that, I ran into Silver City producer Maggie Renzi at a Norwegian Film party. Maggie’s the best and very sweet. She herself had just gotten back from a bus tour for the film. On the bus were Maggie and John Sayles, Steve Earle, Daryl Hannah, Kris Kristofferson, and my boss Louis Black (an old friend of John and Maggie). Maggie commented that the experience was “like summer camp,” and that there are some more bus tours to come to promote the film’s release.

I’m feeling good today. It’s the first morning in Toronto I’ve awoken without either a fire alarm or a massive headache… ah, the simple pleasures in life.

Now, off to more festival…

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