Tribeca Kicks Into Gear-NY, NY Filmmakers Party

I am still getting used to my body’s strange and sudden inability to recover after even a modest night of revelry, which makes it very hard for me to cover both the films in a festival as well as the fun and frolicking that often follows the screenings. Pictures of and conversations with filmmakers who have just shown their debut short film before a live audience for the first time and reports from liquored-up festival goers on the amazing (or atrocious) films they’ve seen that day are some of the key experiences of a festival but I am finding it hard to cram it all in. I steadfastly refuse to believe that this is simply a side effect of getting older combined with all my past paeans to the god Bacchus, but I suppose it’s possible.
Either way, I am going to miss parties one night for the sake of films the next day and quite likely just as often forsake a day of films to better savor the night before. So please forgive me as I bounce between bouts of sobriety and periods of being completely crapulous, trying to find a balance.
So without further ado…. a party!
Pictured at the NY, NY Filmmakers party are Sloane Road ProductionsLisa M. Perry and Jessie Hutcheson (center and right) along with Lisa’s husband whose name I have shamefully forgotten! Lisa and Jesse’s film The Test is screening at Tribeca as part of Tropfest.

Last Monday night featured the kick off of the 5th annual Tribeca Film Festival and what better way to do that than with a party at the Tribeca Cinemas (nee Screening Room) in lower Manhattan? The NY, NY Filmmaker’s Party was thrown by the New York State Governor’s Office for Motion Picture & Television Development and was thankfully not as crowded as parties at that venue can occasionally become. The catered nibbles were tasty (tuna tartare) and somewhat exotic for film fest standards (duck confit with cherry compote) but I swear, caterers have developed some new way of miniaturizing foodstuffs so that they verge on the subatomic. I understand the “one-handed eating” need for a party, but seriously, burgers the circumference of a quarter is damn silly.
When the word “speakers” came courtesy of programmer Nancy Schaeffer as she got up to address the crowd I cringed the cringe of the guy who hates speeches during parties, but to my surprise they were brief, pleasant and to the point. One in particular, that by Pat Swinney Kaufman, executive director of the above mentioned New York State film office, gave me the opportunity to practice my rusty accent identification skills. Kaufman was floored later on in the party when I told her I picked up hints of her North Carolina roots in her speech. I’m good like ‘dat!
NVR exec director Brian Newman and filmmaker Sandi Simcha Dubowski (Trembling Before G_d) chill at the NY, NY Filmmakers party.

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