Sunday, March 29, 2009

Vail Film Festival!!!! April 2-5, 2009!!!!

Based on my last entry, many of you probably thought I was going to pull out all my tricks (magic, or otherwise) to find my way to New York this coming weekend to get portroids of all the performers at the David Lynch Foundation's Change Begins Within concert (you know, the one with McCartney, Starr, Vedder, Lynch, Donovan, Simmons, Dern, Crow, Stern (recently added), Horn, et al). You would've been right, if you weren't wrong.

You might've also thought this coming weekend I would be attending the wedding of my good friend and old roommate Jivan Hall in Cancun, Mexico. I tried, my friends, but was not able to make it work. Sorry, Jivan and Sarah. I wish I could be there. I'm sure it will be beautiful and I send my love to you.

After two paragraphs of preamble and disclaimers of where I won't be, now I'll tell you the surprise of where I will be (not a surprise if you read the title of this blog entry (you just couldn't wait, could you? (you want to know what I'm getting you for Christmas? So impatient! I'm getting you a mug that says "World's Greatest Friend". Why? Irony.))).

This coming weekend, April 2-5, 2009, I will be attending the Vail Film Festival! That's a long weekend. Four days. I think I may only be there for two days of it, unless I can work some of that magic I referenced above (tricks!). I expect, though, that it will be an incredibly fun and entertaining weekend. We, in Colorado, have been getting so much snow recently that the skiing promises to be amazing. If you're a skiier (which you probably are (I'm not (my wife is))), you owe it to yourself to fly to Vail this upcoming weekend, ski, and take in some of the phenomenal events at the Vail Film Festival!! Festival passes are so affordable and get you discounted ski passes ($55). You'd be a fool to miss it. You don't want to be a fool, do you?

Here, let me tell you more about the festival.

If you believe online rumors, Jude Law will be there. Jude Law will NOT be there. It was a rumor. Unsubstantiated, and proven false. Don't come for the sole sake of hanging out with Jude Law. I would say you would be disappointed, but the roster of actual attendees and events would make being disappointed an impossibility.

Who will be there? Kevin Smith. Do I mean some other Kevin Smith than the writer/director of Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Jersey Girl, Clerks 2, and Zack and Miri Make a Porno? No, that's the exact Kevin Smith I mean. He's being honored with the 2009 Renegade Award (well deserved). That award ceremony is happening on Saturday night (April 4, 2009).

OK, fine, Kevin is awesome, but who else will be there? Michelle Monaghan. Receiving the Excellence in Acting Award. Also on Saturday night. Looks to be a pretty great night, doesn't it? It does. You know Michelle from all the excellent acting she has done. Thus the award. You still have time to rent or buy her movies (if you don't already own them) before the festival. Here are some: Eagle Eye, Gone Baby Gone, Made of Honor, The Heartbreak Kid, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, and Trucker (opening night film at the festival, screening Thursday night (April 2, 2009)).

There are so many superb films screening at the festival, you should check out the schedule to see just what you can see. If I knew more about your tastes, I would make some recommendations. I, personally, am going to go see some of the shorts programs and a couple of the features.

One of the features I am going to see is the Closing Night (April 4, 2009) film, Weather Girl. While I have not seen any official confirmations, online rumors (not disputed) claim that Kaitlin Olson (who you may know from "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia) and Tricia O'Kelley ("The New Adventures of Old Christine) will be in attendance. You shouldn't miss that.

Also rumored to be in attendance are Jason Biggs (who you love in pretty much everything you've seen him do), Giancarlo Esposito (who directed a short film in this year's festival, and who I have met a couple times and is so incredibly nice), Julie Benz (from "Dexter"), Tom Everett Scott (with a short film he made), Jenny Mollen (for "Kidnapping Caitlynn"), Rhys Coiro ("Entourage" and "24"), and Ashley Jensen (from "Ugly Betty" and my favorite, "Extras"). Some of those people may not be there, but some may. I bet you can't wait to find out!!

The festival will also have a music lounge featuring Cary Brothers, Holly Conlan, Buddy, and Laura Jansen.

This, as you can maybe tell, is not to be missed.

You can follow the festival on twitter at either the official link or through my experiences as they happen (live!).

Look for me there. I will take your portroid and add you to the site. You are going to have the best time EVER!

See you at the Vail Film Festival!!!

PS - buy your passes at or by calling 970.476.1092

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