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IDFA 2005.2: Jetlag

IDFA 2005.2: Jetlag

I spent a good deal of my first day in Amsterdam recovering from the perils of jetlag. No sleep on a 10-hour flight = a dazed and confused sense of what is going on. But, thankfully, Amsterdam has been a really easy town to navigate and IDFA, a really easy festival to get a handle on. Here are some mPOP moments of the first evening:

(The nighttime street scene near the IDFA headquarters. If you look closely, you’ll spot The Bulldog on the right. I’ve heard they sell coffee there…)

(Over at the DeBalie – the fest HQ – everyone finds a chance to enjoy the free WiFi. Here’s indieWIRE’s Brian Brooks, right, and SILVERDOCS’ Amy King, to the left, uploading digitals pics on their iBooks. So, of course, it seemed only natural that I take a digital pic of them doing just that.)

(At a cocktail party hosted by the doc film folks of Sweden, Iceland, Finland, Norway, and more, here’s the Sundance Channel’s Cynthia Kane, left, and Debbie Zimmerman of Women Make Movies, right.)

(Austin-based filmmaker Bradley Beesley answers a call during the Nordic cocktail bash. I had no idea Beez would be here in Amsterdam, and then I rolled up to find him chatting with Nancy Schafer from the Tribeca Film Festival. A nice surprise.)

(Speaking of Austin film folks, here’s Amy Grappell, on the dancefloor at DeBalie’s late-night hangout. Amy is attending the “Docs for Sale” market with her feature, Light from the East. The dancefloor was a small but fun space, where the DJ spun everything from M.I.A. and Bloc Party to the Stereo MCs. You read that correctly.)

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