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Panels, Sun, Junkies, and Sushi in Vancouver

Panels, Sun, Junkies, and Sushi in Vancouver

I’m back in New York now, after 10 days of non-stop travel. As I left Vancouver this weekend, the weather just kept getting better and better. Now, I’m in rainy and humid Manhattan. What happened in autumn in New York? Doesn’t matter, at least we don’t have the massive junkie problem in our city streets like Vancouver does. I’m not kidding. People kept warning me about the unsafe nature of late-night, downtown Vancouver. I thought it was Canadian nonsense, until I saw it firsthand. The crux of it began with a dinner party in “Blood Alley,” an area that includes what can only be described as a gateway to one of the scariest city blocks I’ve ever seen. It was amazing, but enough about that. I had a good time in Vancouver, and met some really terrific people, both locals and visitors like myself. Some final photos from my final day (minus the junkies):

(Half Nelson and Sugar co-creators Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, left and center, were the subjects of a panel discussion on Saturday. They screened clips of their films, and chatted with Vancouver forum program director Helen du Toit, right.)

(Oscar-winning cinematographer Guillermo Navarro also took part in a panel session, dedicated to his career highlights such as Pan’s Labyrinth and The Devil’s Backbone.)

(On Saturday night, a group of us met for one of the best Japanese dinners I’ve ever had. Pictured here is our host, producer Jamie Patricof, left, with producer Jason Blum and actor/writer Stephan Merchant. That’s right, the co-creator of The Office and Extras. He’s in town to work on Blum’s new studio film, The Tooth Fairy. When I realized Merchant was joining our dinner, I geeked out. Luckily, he’s a really down-to-earth and nice guy, and we spent some time discussing the music scene in his native Bristol.)

(Also at the dinner, were Ryan Fleck and Ballast writer/director Lance Hammer.)

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