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Sundance 2008.3: Spanish Bombs

Sundance 2008.3: Spanish Bombs

Austin shines, while Park City goes dark.

This is the first year Alamo Drafthouse owner/founder Tim League has ever come to Sundance. He’s not really here to see movies, he was here to throw a party. With Magnolia Pictures, he co-hosted a pretty amazing soiree at a condo in Deer Valley. In honor of Nacho Vigalondo’s Fantastic Fest winning debut, Time Crimes, the film will undoubtedly be remembered for the rest of the week. Spanish filmmaker Vigalondo loves his karaoke, so the theme of the event was “Viva La Karaoke,” it brought together a terrific bunch of people and a great time. And, Vigalondo did not let us down. He made more than a few people remark, “Karaoke must be amazing in Spain.”

I’ll report on some films (including Margaret Brown’s beautiful and important The Order of Myths) soon, but for now, here’s some new pics of a busy Friday at Sundance:

(Right outside the Holiday Village theater, I ran into filmmaker Annie Sundberg and IFP chief Michelle Byrd, who are on the documentary jury. We had just seen Marina Zenovich’s totally compelling and terrific film, Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired. Of course, respecting their jury duty, I didn’t ask their thoughts. But I really enjoyed the film.)

(In the Yarrow lobby, following some disappointing screenings, I ran into Aint It Cool News writers Kristoffer Morgan, left, and Eric Vespe. Eric is the famous “Quint” of AICN. The boys have been really busy watching a ton of selections at the fest.)

(Austin-based filmmakers David and Nathan Zellner had a party on Friday evening for their Sundance feature Goliath, which is a sweet and absurd comedy.)

(At the Goliath party, Allison Wilmore from the IFC Blog, Karina Longworth from the Spout Blog, and filmmaker/blogger David Lowery. Bloggers gotta stick together…)

(Hanging at the Goliath party, which was co-hosted by Facebook, here’s Shooting People’s Ingrid Kopp and BRITDOC’s Maxyne Franklin. Just as I shot this photo, the power in the club went out. We thought it was just our building, until we looked outside and realized all of Main Street had a black-out…)

(Main Street, as everyone tries to figure out what just happened… The power was out for a solid 30 minutes, which obviously halted the screening at the Egyptian Theater on Main.)

(Here’s Time Crimes director Nacho Vigalondo, getting into the groove during a karaoke session at his party. The smoke machine got so out of control, the fire department arrived. But, luckily, all was fine within a few moments.)

(Over by the “Viva La Karaoke” food table – which was prepared by Alamo Drafthouse chefs – are, left to right, Arts Alliance America’s Joseph Amodei, filmmaker Morgan Spurlock, and Jarod Neece from SXSW. As Morgan reveals on his left hand, he had a minor accident while snowboarding this week. All’s well as he preps for the premiere of his highly-anticipated new documentary, Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden?)

(Belting out some tunes, are Raj Roy from MoMA, producer Anne Chaisson, and Kodak’s Anne Hubbell, with some help along the way.)

(At the karaoke bash, everyone was in great spirits, and it was a little mini-reunion all around. That included Cinematical’s Scott Weinberg, far left, connecting with The Ten director David Wain, far right. Here, they’re flanking Erik Davis of Cinematical.)

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