One award ceremony. Two parties. Wednesday night after the last award was given, the final speech drawn out, the attendees at the Gotham's had a choice: head to Home in the heart of West Chelsea for the IFP official after party or venture down to the Tribeca Film Center for indieWIRE's 10th anniversary celebration.
The official after party kicked off later with the main crowd not showing up until the overlong awards finished up. A large VIP section took up a row of couches where host David Cross, Channing Tatum, and Breakthrough Actor Winner Rinko Kikuchi (Babel) among other relaxed with bottle service. The recycled get out the vote bracelets definitely erred on the side of lame, but guest DJ and Ghetto Supastar Pras kept the lively party going.... for those could get in. A number of award winning filmmakers had some trouble at the door.
Downtown at the Tribeca Cinemas the door proved an easily dodged gauntlet to get into the packed event. Although celebrities were scarce, the behind-the-scenes industry players were out in force slipping between the overcrowded upstairs and the nicely chill, Rabbi-DJ'd downstairs. Flashes from complimentary Kodak cameras occasionally blinded (advance warning: my pictures go up Monday) and unfortunately kept the level of stupidity in line. As the night dragged on, their was a growing desire for a dance party to breakout... sadly that never happened.
It was the war that wasn't with most people going toward the type of venue in which they feel most comfortable (with a smaller number trying to pull both). And for any who don't believe that, you only had to witness the IFP's Michele Byrd's visit to the indieWIRE anniversary; coming as her party was winding down to celebrate with the much beloved online mag