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Toronto 2007.2: Lou Reed’s Toronto

Toronto 2007.2: Lou Reed's Toronto

It’s been busy. I’m not in the business of trashing small indie films at festivals, so I’m gonna spare you my thoughts on the nearly 10 or so films I’ve seen that I did not like. But I’ve seen a few that I really enjoyed, including Julian Schnabel’s concert film Lou Reed’s Berlin. Artful, rocking, and passionate, it’s a sort of mix between Neil Young Heart of Gold and Leonard Cohen I’m Your Man. I’m a much bigger fan of The Velvet Undergound than I am of Reed’s solo material, but I have to say that I was glued to my seat and tapping my feet the whole time. Really great, especially since you seldom have a chance to see Reed perform live these days. Tons of meetings, events, screenings, etc. More soon, but here are some pics I snapped over the weekend:

(A small group of industry pals grabbed dinner at French cafe, Pastis, on Thursday night. Among them there were, left to right, indieWIRE’s Jimmy Israel, My Kid Could Paint That director Amir Bar-Lev, and Variety fest reporter Mike Jones.)

(Notably without her recent boyfriend Marilyn Manson, actress Evan Rachel Wood chats with the press shortly before a screening of Julie Taymor’s Across the Universe.)

(Posing with her framed memento at the Variety “10 Producers to Watch” reception, producer Lynette Howell smiles on. Howell was in town with the new film, The Passage. She also co-produced the amazing Half Nelson.)

(Austin Chronicle editor Louis Black and documentary filmmaker Ron Mann, embrace at a reception for the Czech film, Empties. Ron’s company, Films We Like, will release the flick in Canada.)

(Hanging at the AFI reception, are Christian Gaines from L.A.’s AFI Fest and Michael Cain from AFI Dallas.)

(During the Control after-party here’s Sundance programmer Shari Frilot and producer Troy Poon.)

(Film producer Roger Kass and Filmmaker Magazine editor and producer Scott Macaulay chat at the party for David Cronenberg’s Eastern Promises. Roger was an executive producer on Cronenberg’s exceptional A History of Violence.)

(Master filmmaker Werner Herzog, at the Discovery Films reception with Hot Docs’ programmer Sean Farnel. The soiree was in honor of Herzog’s latest premiere, Encounters at the End of the World.)

(At the European Film Promotion reception, I had the pleasure of meeting with Maria Hatzakou and Lefteris Adamidis, programmers at the Thessalonkiki International Film Festival. Look out for some great SXSW 2007 premieres joining their lineup.)

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