Sunday I slept in a little bit since our Exhibitors brunch got moved to Monday. Suzy ducked out for a screening while Jesse and I waited for Matthew to finish his thesis paper on the films he saw the day before…I will now try to keep my blogs somewhat short in preparation for his novellas.
Jesse and I met his friend Susan at the Morning Ray Café for a wonderful brunch, then met up with Suzy for the Chrysler reception. They are doing a cool new version of the Chrysler Million Dollar Film Fest that involves a video game called The Movies. I also chatted with Matt from SXSW, everywhereman as I call him. Here is Suzy and Jesse with Dave Franco and the gang from Full Sail out on the balcony.
Next we were off to the indieWIRE party and Suzy and Jesse were gracious enough not to get mad at me after I took them on a wild goose chase around Main Street. The food was great and Suzy was able to get her one meal of the day in before we left for our 6:00 screening of THE ILLUSIONIST, an intriguing period piece set in Vienna and shot in Prague starring Edward Norton, Paul Giamatti and Jessica Biel. Good stuff.
Suzy headed back to the condo to meet Jesse for dinner and I went to see THIN, a doc about an eating disorder treatment center in Boca. Very powerful, the film gives a variety of perspectives on the disease from patients, their families, staff, doctors, nurses, and psychiatrists.
I hung out in the lobby close to David Fenkel from ThinkFILM so I didn’t have to go back out in the cold before getting into the midnight screening of AWESOME; I FUCKIN’ SHOT THAT, the Beasies concert doc shot in Madison Square Garden by 50 of their fans who were given Hi8 cameras. Awesome indeed! Adam and Mix Master Mike did a Q&A after the film that was hilarious. Sweet Matthew was waiting for me when I got out to walk home in the five degree bitter cold. On the way, I called Orlando’s number one Beastie fan, Drew Garabo at 4:30 AM Orlando time and filled him in on the movie. Thanks for the plugs Drew! Sweet sleep here I come…