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LAFF 2006.5: Indie-ana Jones

LAFF 2006.5: Indie-ana Jones

First, a filmmaker retreat at George Lucas’ Skywalker Ranch. And then, Harrison Ford hosts a filmmaker reception at the W Hotel. Something tells me that the 2006 Los Angeles Film Festival is all about… Star Wars. While everyone waits around for the Mark Hamill retrospective and the Chewbacca master class, there’s been screenings, panels, and parties underway during this year’s fest. As always, it’s great to meet new friends and run into old ones, and LAFF 2006 has been no exception.

In fact, I was pleasantly surprised to run into, and reconnect with, filmmaker Chris Paine (Who Killed the Electric Car?). Chris produced a William Gibson doc that screened at SXSW in 2001, so it was nice to catch up and chat as he preps for the release of Electric Car, which he directed, this week. And, whether it’s a great marketing tactic, or just the way Westwood Village operates, I’ve seen more electric cars in the last few days than in my entire time in Austin. If someone killed the electric car, then it’s definitely getting new life. I didn’t have the heart to tell Chris that, since we last saw each other, I’d purchased an SUV (hmmmm)… On to some more pictures:

(Harrison Ford, a.k.a. “Indiana Solo,” greets the crowd at the W Hotel during a filmmaker reception. Ford, who attended the party with girlfriend Calista Flockhart, dryly quipped to the filmmakers in attendance with some career advice: “I don’t wanna tell you not to listen to anybody, because then you won’t listen to what I’m saying now.”)

(Warner Independent Pictures publicist Laura Kim and journalist John Anderson participate in a Q&A session at the festival, chatting about the new film industry book they co-authored, ‘I Wake Up Screening.’)

(The cast of the wonderful Austin-made film, ‘Chalk,’ stop for a snapshot shortly before the film’s sold-out L.A. premiere.)

(Indie film producer Effie Brown and legendary character actor Elliott Gould pose for photos at a great party hosted by SAGIndie.)

(Also hanging out at the SAGIndie party are Britta Erickson from the Denver Film Society and Brian Brooks from indieWIRE.)

(Another evening, another stop at the Target Red Room. Here’s Harry Geller, left, and Josh Braun from Submarine Entertainment. Josh, a very busy sales rep when SXSW comes around, and his company are in L.A. working with buzzed-about doc, ‘Deliver Us From Evil.’)

(On Monday evening, the Austin Film Society and Austin Studios hosted a reception to honor the many Austin filmmakers with work at this year’s festival. This is me at the party with ‘A Scanner Darkly’ producer, and occasional Austinite, Tommy Pallotta as well as ‘Creek Runs Red’ and ‘Summercamp’ co-director Bradley Beesley.)

(Joining in on the fun during the Austin film party at the Westwood Brewing Company are ‘Cassidy Kids’ co-producer Seth Caplan, ‘Last Romantic’ actor/writer Adam Nee, ‘Cassidy Kids’ co-star Brian McGuire, and ‘Cassidy Kids’ director Jake Vaughan.)

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