Long time friends Jon Voight and Burt Young share a moment during the often moving tribute to the late, great director Hal Ashby (Coming Home, Harold and Maude) at the 2009 Sarasota Film Festival. Voight and Young co-starred in Ashby’s 1982 film Lookin’ to Get Out, the director’s cut of which was recently discovered in the UCLA Film Archives and world premiered in Sarasota the night before the tribute. Ashby’s daughter Leigh MacManus was on hand to accept the SFF’s Master of Cinema award on her father’s behalf and gave a stirring thank you speech wherein she spoke of never knowing her father and how much the closing moments of Lookin’ to Get Out meant to her. I won’t spoil the film for you (director’s cut out soon on Warner Home Video!), but suffice to say, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house and both MacManus and Voight were brought to tears during the evening.
On the first night of the 2007 TIFF, a rather large group of indie film folks gathered at Toronto bistro Pastis for several hours of wine and quite delicious French food. A full pic of the gang can be found here, courtesy of indieWIRE’s Brian Brooks, but I have a few of my own. Following up on Brian’s post, the proprietor made sure that the wine was indeed flowing copiously, but seemed to be doing so sans bidding from the guests! Needless to say, the resulting bill resulted in cries of “Quelle horreur!”
NewFest topper Basil Tsiokos and SILVERDOCS director of programming Sky Sitney have a chat pre-dinner.
Oh yeah! Some more pics have been uploaded to my Flickr site, including those from a rather spirited BBQ held one rainy Saturday not too long ago. Not only that, there’s some pix from the Tribeca Film Festival as well as other random shots. If your name is Tom Hall, Holly Herrick, Ry Russo-Young, Ryan Harrington, Paul Lovelace, Elizabeth Hanley, Todd Rohal, David Call, Jessica Wolfson, Jessica Smith, Brian Brooks, Basil Tsiokos, Harris Dew, Colin Brown, Nicole Guillemet, Laura Macdonald, Craig Zobel, Greta Gerwig, Joe Swanberg, Peter Bjorn & John or Au Revoir Simone, among many others, you might wanna check it out.
So, I finally finished uploading my pix from the most amazing, wonderful and engaging 2007 Sarasota Film Festival and BOY HOWDY are they fun. At least they are to me. There’s celebrities (really!), filmmakers (who may soon be celebs!), film festival staff (oooh!), birds, lizards and even karaoke!
I’ll be uploading video later, but until then, if your name is/film is: Jared Moshe, Jen Weiss, Tom Hall, Holly Herrick, Ry Russo-Young, David Wilson, Blood Car, Bob Giovanelli, Rae, Max Burke-Phillips, David Robinson, Gary Springer, Nick Springer, Mike Tully, Matt Robison, Ryan Harrington, Steve Buscemi, Mary Kerr, Poull Brien, Marcia Gay Harden, Joey Pants, David Garber, some Sandhill Cranes, Me, a tarantula, some poison arrow frogs, some herons and lizards, David Lowery, Lodge Kerrigan, The Israelis, Paul Lovelace, Paul Marchant, Ricci Shryock, Of Montreal, Norman Jewison, Josh Braun, Chad Lowe, Christine Jennings or Jessica Wolfson, check it out! http://www.flickr.com/photos/rabbireport/
Elizabeth gives me a rather adorable version of the evil eye, while James chats, slightly confused…
Shot at a fantastic BBQ thrown in honor of the recently concluded Sarasota Film Festival. More pix and videos coming soon.