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The Orlando Mafia

The Orlando Mafia

The other night, I went to a party in the Valley…ewww, that sounds so 1987. Old friends and Orlando alums Alicia & Ben had a bash to celebrate both their birthdays and first wedding anniversary. I knew that there would be a few other Orlando alums there but I had no idea! It seemed like every person that walked through the door was an old acquaintance or friend or colleague. First I chatted with Ben Hershleder, whose short MOVIES ARE BETTER opened FFF 2005, but I also realized I knew him from the almost revitalized In Search Of… tv show that we worked on back at the turn of the century. Then Jason Neff walked in…oh, shit, I forgot to tell Jason that I was going to be in LA! Oops. Hi, Jason! Next came Zubi Mohammed who helped me shoot a weird little doc I was working on back in ’01. Michael LaPoint, who was pissed I couldn’t remember his last name and where I knew him from (Sunday morning Haxan softball games four years ago), despite his extra twenty pounds and oh, so LA ponytail. It was turning into This is Your Life. Then I spotted Taylor Marr, an old Enzian intern and UCF film grad turned assistant editor. Bob DeRosa was in Korea at Jeiho Lee’s wedding or I am sure they’d have been there too. On top of all that, I met about 10 more “formerly of Orlando” people I didn’t know before. I thought the whole Orlando Mafia thing was a slight exaggeration, but apparently not. It was like a bizarre MySpace Meet Up, oh, yeah…they are on MySpace. Good for them…but we miss them all!

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