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SXSW 08: Texas Film Hall Of Fame Awards

NOTE: This entry has been updated to clarify the beneficiary of the Texas Film Hall of Fame Awards and to complete a sentence I, uh, forgot to finish last night.
So I’m a little behind in my blogging… Well, I have an excuse or two. First of all, I have a new gig! That’s right, the Rabbi has gone and gotten hisself some legitimate employment. Or at least some legitimate part time employment with a really cool start up. It’s a company called Cinelan and we’re a short film distribution and syndication company. Check out the website and you’ll see what I mean. It’s really cool!
The other reason is that I went and got myself sick with the influenza. That’s right. The good money I paid for a flu shot this year did me diddly since I went and got sick, anyway. Not only that, but I got sick at the exact worst time. Smack dab in the middle of SXSW. Lovely. Thanks are due, however, to my angels of mercy Mike Tully and Agnes Varnum, who both came by with soup and medicines!
Add to that getting stuck overnight in Fort Worth on the way down due to snow in Dallas and this has been a rocky trip. (Stay tuned for pix of the rattlesnake cakes that SXSW Film Festival producer Matt Dentler and I ate, though!)
Not only that, I am trying to get my apartment in shape to be sold. HUGE job. So to paraphrase Crash Davis, I’m dealing with a lot of shit!
Due to the aforementioned snow, I missed what was apparently a pretty amazing party at Lance Armstrong’s house. This, I was not happy about. It was a pre-party for the Texas Film Hall of Fame awards ceremony, which I was able to attend the following night and it was a dandy of a night. An annual benefit for the Austin Film Society (and not an official SXSW do), the cocktails, dinner, ceremony and auction are held each year at Austin Studios, a couple of miles north of the downtown Austin area. This year’s honorees were ZZ Top, Morgan Fairchild, Mike Judge, Jayne Mansfield (accepted by her daughter, Mariska Hargitay) and Urban Cowboy (accepted by Deborah Winger) and the night was hosted by non other that former CBS anchor and new legend (and born/bred Texan) Dan Rather. He’s way cool!
The evening went far more smoothly than most events of this size and it was actually pretty fun. Not only that, they served their pre-show cocktails in actual glassware, something some film companies should think about (I’m looking at you, Miramax!).
Here, John Person and Eugene Hernandez have a chat before the ceremony. That’s variety.com managing editor Michael Jones‘ hand on the left.
Mariska Hargitay’s speech in honor of her late mother was genuinely touching and towards the end she teared up pretty good. So did I.
More pix after the jump.

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SXSW 07: Finally, Some Pix Uploaded

As I mentioned on Tuesday, I have finally entered 2006 and am now up on Flickr.com. In the past few days I have uploaded 54 pix from SXSW, with about 100 more to go. Then it’s on to Sarasota. Are you included in my SXSW pix? I can tell you right now, if your names are Mike Tully, Aaron Katz, Annie Sundberg, Eugene Hernandez, John Pierson, David Boreanaz, Matt Dentler, Ann-Margaret, Todd Rohal, Evil Todd Rohal, Jenny Chikes and many others, the answer is yes!
Recent SXSW pix include some of you out there in Rabbi Report Land, as well as The Smoking Popes, Lily Allen, Amy Winehouse and Voxtrot.
Upcoming pix include Bloc Party (in one of the best live shows I’ve ever seen), Buzzcocks, Bob Mould, Steve Earle, The Pipettes, Oreskaband, The Dears, Pete Townshend and my favorite new band, The Wombats.
Y’all come back now, ya hear?
A few pix after the jump…..

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NYFF 06: A Black & White Night, Part I

Opening night at the New York Film Festival has been called, among other things, prom night in the indie film world and that’s not an entirely innacurate nick name. We dress up in our finest (well, most of us do) and after a screening of an anticipated, soon-to-open film at Lincoln Center, we hoof it a few blocks to Tavern on the Green to drink, eat, dance and schmooze the night away. After the official after-screening party, many of us head off to the after after party which, for the past few years, has been held at downtown restaurant Village. Without further ado, some pics from my favorite night of the year. One question, though….what the hell happened to the sundae bar this year?
IFC Films‘ Ryan Werner and indieWIRE Ed in Chief Eugene Hernandez at Village.

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Reel Paradise Premiere

In 2002, indie film gurus John and Janet Pierson along with son Wyatt (13) and daughter Georgia (16) spent a year on the island of Taveuni, Fiji while John ran what might be the most remote movie theater on Earth, the 180 Meridian. Thusly named due to the island’s location, straddling said line of longitude, aka the International Date Line. Monday, August 8th saw the premiere of Steve JamesReel Paradise, a new Wellspring release that documents a month in the lives of the Piersons and it was old home week at New York’s Tribeca Cinemas.

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