Perhaps my bitchy feelings about the Queer Brunch was more a result of relativity to the night prior. The photo above, taken by my colleague Brian, is Bruce LaBruce, Tom Kalin, Gregg Araki and Isaac Julien, who I had the indescribable experience of watching gather together to celebrate their new films (each have one playing at Sundance), and reflect on the old. B. Ruby Rich, Tilda Swinton, and Christine Vachon were also in attendance… I came late so I missed on what I was told were some remarkable and reflective speeches, particularly by Ms. Rich, though did have the terrifying honor of being sat down next to Isaac Julien (by his drunken and lovely publicist, who was determined to get Julien to talk to me about my thesis topic even though I made it clear I would not be able to form clear sentences). I did my best, but when Ms. Tilda Swinton interrupted us to say goodbye to Julien (she produced his Derek doc, which I’m seeing tomorrow) and I nearly lapsed into a coma.
The feeling of being in that room and witnessing all of that is something I have a hard time articulating, but it certainly made my Sundance.