On Wednesday, I started things off in a breakfast meeting with Eda Kowan from Lions Gate, followed by a lunch meeting with David Dinerstein from Paramount Classics. It was really great to see both. Following some down time at the Laemmle, I drove to the set of the upcoming Tenacious D movie, Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny. After years of hope and acclaim, Jack Black and Kyle Gass will finally have a feature-film version of their hilarious rock comedy duo.
The film’s DP, Robert Brinkmann, is a friend and I stopped by to meet up for dinner after their workday was through. I got a chance to chat with Liam Lynch, who’s directing the film, but also helmed the Sarah Silverman movie we screened at SXSW this year, Jesus Is Magic.
After dinner it was on to more L.A. Film Festival events. Here’s some moments:
(Indie film producer/publicist/rep Seth Carmichael does his best to pretend I’m not taking his photo while he chats with filmmakers as part of the Kodak Speed Dating sessions. Filmmakers get a few minutes to chat with several industry folks and rotate from station to station. At SXSW, we do Mentor Sessions that are kind of similar. These kinds of events are really valuable to everyone.)
(L.A. Film Festival senior programmer Doug Jones takes a minute to check his email in the Red Room. Doug has been running around all week, introducing films and checking in with guests.)
(Only in L.A. would you have this. A common film festival staple is the poster board, where filmmakers can place flyers and cards promoting their films. And usually, it’s just promo for festival films. As you can see here, though, there are probably just as many headshots and actor’s business cards as there are film flyers. Funny and odd.)
(The Duplass brothers – Jay, left, and Mark, right – hang out in line for a film at the fest. The brothers have been making the festival rounds – including Sundance and SXSW – with their debut feature, The Puffy Chair, which is a great comedy that deserves a wider audience. Meanwhile, newlywed Jay just got back from his honeymoon.)
(Hanging out at the party in honor of LAFF Artist in Residence, Wu-Tang’s The RZA, Road director Leslie McCleave and producer Zach Mortensen pose for the camera. Zach’s next project is Choking Man, a feature from pioneering music video director Steve Barron. Leslie’s working on a documentary about gospel/blues band The Blind Boys of Alabama. Their film at the festival, Road, screens one more time on Friday.)
(“Hey, it’s that guy!” Talented character actor Lennie James – perhaps best known for roles in Snatch and 24 Hour Party People – has been a regular at the parties at the festival this year. Here he is on the dancefloor in motion during the party for The RZA.)