IFC Films' Fab AFI Fest Dinner

by brian
November 4, 2009 1:46 AM
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IFC Films hosted a lovely dinner at “the new Mr. Chow’s” called Philippe on Melrose in LA Monday night as part of AFI Fest, currently underway. One organizer wondered how the turn out would be, but alas, great food and wine brings them out every time! IFC filmmakers and others were among the 35 or so people who came out, in addition to actors Ti West (“House of the Devil”) and Sara Simmons (“In Search of a Midnight Kiss”) pictured here after dinner hanging with IFC Films’ Lizzie Nastro.

Two of IFC Films' current directors who have screenings at this year's AFI Fest, which continues through Saturday (though the closing night film is Thursday - go figure) as they're leaving the dinner hosted by the New York distributor. Bahman Ghobadi ("No One Knows About Persian Cats") and Corneliu Porumbiou ("Police Adjective").

AFI Fest Artistic Director Rose Kuo joined the fun at the IFC dinner for its filmmakers screening at AFI Fest (and others too) on Monday, joining Martin Schweighofer of the Austrian Film Commission, Argentine director Lisandro Alonso ("Liverpool") and doc filmmaker Kirby Dick ("Outrage").

All are smiles following their big Chinese fusion feast! iPOP caught up with this group before they headed out to seize the night... Director Gregg Araki (who is finishing his latest, "Kaboom") with producer Charlotte Mickie, Strand Releasing co-prez Marcus Hu (one of the coolest guys in the biz) and another gem of a person, Janet Pierson, SXSW Film Festival producer.

Director/actress Julie Delpy (center, obviously) said I had to do a "quick photo" if I was going to get her here at the IFC dinner Monday night as she chatted with Samuel Goldwyn Films' Peter Goldwyn at Philippe in West Hollywood. Delpy, who is currently filming "Les Passages" by Donna Vermeer worked with the distributor for 2007's "2 Days in Paris," which she directed (a favorite of ours that year btw). Also hanging are AFI Fest's Rose Kuo and IFC Films' Shani Ankori.

Some of our favorite journalists including Karina Longworth, Anne Thompson, Mark Olsen from the LA Times and AFI Fest's Rose Kuo (she gets around a party, doesn't she?) at the IFC dinner.

And this at the Roosevelt Hotel after dinner. Legs and a Martini - just a little guerilla photography! [Photo by John Hoffman]

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