Wednesday, November 19, 2008

More From 31SDFF and A Quick Catch-Up

The 31st Starz Denver Film Festival is more than half way over (pessimist), but the excitement is still growing (optimist). Films are screening all week with this weekend bringing the Closing Night festivities.

But, before I get into that, I want to do a quick recap of the almost seven months of time where I neglected to write about the portroid happenings. Um, OK, let's see. I went to the David Lynch Weekend in Fairfield, IA and got to hang out in a small group with David Lynch, Moby, and Donovan. I went to the Flight of the Conchords concert in Denver and met both Jemaine and Bret before the show. I saw the Swell Season in concert twice, once at Radio City Music Hall where I met Marketa Irglova. Took in a new Neil LaBute play. Met the Hamburglar. Wandered around like a homeless zombie until 3AM on a sweltering hot night in Austin, TX after attending the Spaced-Numb-A-Thon (every episode of Spaced on the big screen) and meeting Simon Pegg, Edgar Wright, and Ain't It Cool's Harry Knowles (and being the only person permitted to take photos after the show). I attended a few events hosted by the Creative Coalition in Denver during the Democratic National Convention and got my first ever official press pass (which granted me many photo opportunities). Stood next to Zooey Deschanel and Anne Hathaway at the MLK Jr "I Have A Dream" speech anniversary event. Got completely ignored three times by Spike Lee when I tried to talk to him. Had a cold and then warm response from Charlize Theron. I met my favorite living author, Haruki Murakami, in NYC. Tim Robbins made some art for me. Susan Sarandon and I talked briefly about the DNC at a Register to Vote booth. I met Tom Cruise, and my wife, Erica, kind of dissed him unintentionally. Magic Johnson put his arm around me in LA. I got to attend five different shows at the UCB Theatre and had a great time at each. Got some great photos after those performances (AD Miles, Jeff Garlin, Paul Scheer, Rob Huebel, Jonah Hill, Dave Hill, Lucy Lawless, Tig Notaro, Matt Besser, Wayne Federman, and Harris Wittels). Met Maureen McCormick, who was extremely nice. Talked to Zach Braff at an Obama rally about some mutual acquaintences. I attended a Get out the Vote Tenacious D and Beastie Boys concert and met Kyle Gass (KG) afterwards. Barack Obama got elected President!! Some other stuff happened, too, so check the update page to fill in the blanks. And now I'm attending the 31st Starz Denver Film Festival as an officially sanctioned photographer.

See? Not too much going on.

Back to the festival.

We attended a screening of Majid Majidi's new film "Song of Sparrows" and absolutely loved it. I have added his other films to my Netflix queue and recommend you do the same. Come on, just do it. I also took a new portroid of him and this one turned out very well without the magical yellow lights.

At the Big Night screening of "Slumdog Millionaire" (which we also loved), the red carpet was loaded with a lot of interesting people.

First up was Dr. Marci Bowers, who is the leading transsexual surgeon in the country and the subject of the film "Trinidad".

Next was Ari Lehman, who played the first Jason Vorhees in the Friday the 13th film series.

Richard Jenkins, who you surely recognize from all the films and TV shows you recognize him from, stopped for a quick photo and autograph. As he was signing, a woman nearby yelled out that I was going to sell it on ebay (one of the things I hate about people who yell things out (them yelling out falsehoods about me)). I'm not going to sell it (as you already know). Richard (much like Kyra Sedgwick in years past) said I wouldn't get much for it. So, to prove him wrong, bid high and bid often on the portroid of Richard Jenkins I posted on ebay (just kidding, of course). Richard received the 2008 Excellence in Acting Award.

As I was talking to Richard Jenkins, Wally Pfister, cinematographer for a lot of your favorite movies (if your favorite movies include Christopher Nolan movies), walked right by and into the event. Lucky for me, he came back out and I was able to get my portroid.

Rachael Tucker, pictured below, is my main PR contact for the festival and has been really great at keeping me informed of events and screenings. I owe her many thanks. I'll probably just write out an IOU which I'll conveniently forget about when the festival ends. In the meantime, thanks!!! You're great, Rachael!

On Sunday, we attended a Women+Film panel on Africa in Transition. I talked briefly with Abby Disney, Walt's grand-niece, afterwards and was able to get this photo. She was the producer for the film "Pray The Devil Back To Hell", which you should see. It's short-listed for an Academy Award, so you would be well-suited to beat out your colleagues at seeing it. "Oh," you could say when the nominations are announced, "I saw that documentary months ago. Brilliant." You'll be the talk of the neighborhood (even if the talk is about what a snob you are).

The festival continues through Sunday. Go to the festival website and buy tickets. I implore you! Do it for yourself. You wouldn't want people to think you aren't better than them, would you? You're better than them. I just know it!

Yay movies (and a sense of superiority)!!

1 comment:

CAS said...

This is such a fun idea! Great pictures. Sad day when Polaroid went down... breaks my heart.