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TIFF 2004.5: I Fought The Law

TIFF 2004.5: I Fought The Law

Had lunch Monday with a group of festival programmers, including Nancy and David from Tribeca, Raj from Hamptons, Tom from Nantucket/Sarasota, Sean from Toronto, and Ryan from Woodstock (not to mention Wellspring)… Joining us were Eugene and Brian from indieWIRE. We were all very tired, but we made it through a nice meal at Bistro 990.

So I packed sneakers and work-out clothes… but sure enough, I’ve yet to find time to use them. So, instead, I’m just eating and drinking a lot. I figured doing a 180 is the way to go, for now.

We had two parties yesterday. The first was an outdoor afternoon affair with garden burgers, drinks, and music. We actually had two noteworthy bands play: The Sadies and The Fiery Furnaces. The party was our first-ever TX/TO Party, bringing us Texans together with some of the Canadians for a good time. The turnout was solid, featuring a good mix of film and music industry.

It was all kind of a warm-up for the big blow-out later last night. The 32nd Floor of the Four Seasons was rented out with bar and food. It was an after-party for Austin-based Margaret Brown’s doc Be Here To Love Me. The view overlooked TO. It was fantastic, and by the end of the night, a ton of people showed up. So many people arrived so late in the night that my job became trying to see how much later we could get away with serving drinks. Five minutes till 2:00 a.m., a huge array of great folks piled into the elevators coming upstairs. And, actually, everyone pretty much stayed for about 30 minutes with no booze, just to chat before heading off to Bistro 990.

Myself and some other folks tried our best to push the drinking at the Four Seasons for as late as possible. And I wound up just becoming a waiter and grabbing drinks at the bar for people, to make sure they got a cocktail before it was too late. In the end, though, I fought the law and the law won.

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