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Toronto-bound

Toronto-bound

I’m looking forward to the Toronto International Film Festival. I think this year’s program is impressive, full of exciting studio features as well as independent work. I love Toronto as a town, and I’m looking forward to seeing a lot of old friends while I’m there. With all of that said, I’m not prepared to go.

With about 36 hours before I leave for this year’s festival, I have so many loose ends to tie up and I know many of them will be tied at the very last second. Sure, there’s the regular, personal issues to attend to (dry cleaning, luggage-packing, etc.) but then there’s plenty of business. I need to finalize my schedule of events, especially now that they’ve announced the industry screenings. Of course, who knows how well I’ll be able to stick to that schedule, but we’ll see how I do.

But in the meantime, I’m doing some writing assignments for the Austin Chronicle. On the plane back from Detroit yesterday, I finally watched Be Here To Love Me, the Austin-based documentary by Margaret Brown that is premiering in Toronto. The film, a doc about legendary Texas musician Townes Van Zandt, is a thoughtful and sublime look at a man and his myth. I know many people associated with this documentary, and I’m very excited about its premiere on Monday, Sept. 13, at the festival. I’d been putting off watching the film for a while, but I felt compelled to tune in before TIFF.

So now, I have to work out some details for a party we’re co-hosting during the festival. Plus, I need to make sure we get our first SXSW 2005 brochure back from the printer in time. Putting together the brochure in time has been one of the big focuses in the past two weeks. There was an unexpected delay that put us behind. It’s at the printer now, and basically, we’ll find out tomorrow if they will be good to go for Toronto on time. In other words, if you see SXSW 2005 brochures popping up in Toronto (or in your mailbox soon), you’ll know it all went through as planned.

Oh yeah, and how could I forget this week’s premiere of the first episode of SXSW Presents. On Friday night, the show debuts with an airing of Okie Noodling. My introduction is stiff and underwhelming (I hadn’t consumed enough beer yet… you’ll understand if you watch the show), but the film itself is wonderful. Meanwhile, I’m so busy and out of town these days that I won’t even be here for the show’s debut. Tell me how it goes…

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