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Florida 2006.3: Dopey and Sleepy

Florida 2006.3: Dopey and Sleepy

The Florida Film Festival was a fun time in Orlando. At the annual awards brunch on Saturday, the big jury winners were the documentary Showbusiness and the narrative feature Conventioneers. And, Austin’s Mike Akel received a special jury award for his feature Chalk‘s ensemble cast. Here’s some final mPOP from the 2006 Florida Film Festival:

(A group spent Friday evening at the home of Enzian supporters Phil and Sigi Tiedke, a beautiful spot on the lake. Their son, Alex, invited a few of us out-of-towners on a late-night boat ride. In the back, here’s Tim and Karrie League – left – from the Alamo Drafthouse, sitting next to Tom Quinn from Magnolia, far right, and Tom’s girlfriend Celeste.)

(Award-winning animator Bill Plympton, left, braces with a smile as the boat goes faster. Plympton would go on to win the jury prize for Animated Short, the following morning. On the right is our driver, Alex, who we decided is like the JFK Jr. of Orlando.)

(Producer of the documentary, Fuck, Steve Kaplan showed off one of his custom-made T-shirts at a late-night festival party. Fuck, which was at SXSW 2006 and will be released by THINKFilm, will go on to play the Vail Film Festival, the Gen Art Film Festival, and Hot Docs.)

(Also hanging at the Tom & Jerry’s party is director of the short, New Boobs, Matthew Bonifacio and his girlfriend. Matthew’s 2005 feature film, Lbs., will be in theaters soon.)

(Enjoying some sun, and the conclusion of the festival awards ceremony on Saturday morning, is Florida’s programming director Matthew Curtis.)

(In a special “members only” lounge called the Citrus Club, the festival held its annual Revel celebration. This year, it included a special award presented to legendary filmmaker John Waters. The theme of the party was “Come Fly With Me,” which is why a faux flight attendant is handing him a trophy.)

(At the Revel party, here’s myself and Dusty Smith of Roadside Attractions. One of the best parts of my time in Florida was getting to bond and chat with Dusty about things like Giant Drag and Art Brut. Photo here by Matthew Curtis.)

(Saturday evening, as well as the festival, was wrapped up at The Red Fox Lounge – the hotel bar of the Best Western Inn. The Red Fox rocks, and so does the bar’s house band, “Mark and Lorna.” They bring all the hits and all the tacky delight one could hope for. You’re damn straight I bought one of their CDs before leaving.)

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