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IDFA 2005.4: Canal Plus One

IDFA 2005.4: Canal Plus One

Okay, there’s one scene in the IDFA documentary, Guerilla Girl, that is so disturbing and graphic, I can’t even describe it here for fear of losing half my 10-person audience. Ask me in person, but not if you have a sensitive stomach.

Things have been going well with some nice meetings, screenings, cocktail parties. Hot Docs hosted a reception on Wednesday and I wound up meeting a BBC producer who actually spent a good amount of time in Central Texas 15 years ago, chronicling music with (now Texas gubernatorial candidate) Kinky Friedman. I’d say “small world,” but nothing “small” about Texas. What’s very big in Amsterdam (besides coffeeshops, Heineken, Thai food, and prostitution) are the canals…

(One of the canals very close to IDFA headquarters. Does it have a name? I dunno. I call it “Canal Plus One.”)

(At a doc party – is there any other kind at IDFA – Chris George, right, from Women Make Movies embraces Spanish filmmaker Marta Sanchez.)

(Right after a last-minute attempt to check out the Red Light District, English filmmaker Maxyne Franklin and I stopped by the last few minutes of another night of DeBaile fun. Max, who used to work for Channel 4 in the U.K., is now starting up a new London documentary festival, called BritDoc. Their first fest will be this summer. Max also worked on the doc Unknown White Male, which was recently shortlisted for the Oscar. Photo by some Dutch guy.)

(Here’s a picture representing the eternal conflict between man and machine on Amsterdam’s streets. These guys walking on the left have to watch out before they get hit by the car. Meanwhile, the car must make sure it avoids getting hit by that oncoming tram. Throw a bike in there, and the circle is complete.)

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