2006 NYFF Closing Night

Sunday night was the occasion of one of my favorite parties of the film festival calendar, that being the New York Film Festival closing night fiesta at the Stone Rose Lounge in the Time Warner Building at New York’s Columbus Circle, brought to you this year by our friends at Kodak. The party was well-hosted by Kodak’s Anne Hubbell, pictured on the right here as 1/2 of my own personal “If Life Were Only Like This” display. Helping to make me look good is the IFC Center manager Katie “I’m kickin’ Your Ass In Fantasy Soccer” Trainor.

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See what I mean?

While my date for the evening Michael Tully has already expounded on how fun the night was, I felt like maybe I should weigh in with my thoughts. Oh and Mike, I did ask a pretty girl. She turned me down due to the lateness of the party. But don’t feel bad, she wouldn’t have put out, either.
As for how I spent my night, well I managed to miss Helen Mirren who was apparently all over the party, looking fetching in a matching skirt/boots combo, telling everyone who would listen about the brilliance that is NYFF closing night film Pan’s Labyrinth. She ain’t wrong, neither. The film is absolutely gorgeous in so many ways, it’s hard to fathom. More on it in another post, however. This one’s for the PAH-ty, darlings! And a fine party it was (and always is, don’tcha know?)
IFC Films’ Ryan Werner, indieWIRE’s Eugene Hernandez and The Hollywood Reporter’s Greg Goldstein, making the scene at the 44th NYFF’s closing night party.
While I glimpsed Pan’s writer/director Guillermo del Toro and his adorable and talented female lead, 12 year-old Ivana Baquero, but didn’t take pix or chat with them. indieWIRE’s Eugene Hernandez did get some iPOP pix of them, here and here, though. However, I did get to chat with master Canadian director Guy Maddin, who’s Brand Upon The Brain! received rave reviews following screenings at the Toronto International Film Festival and the NYFF. Maddin’s Dracula: Pages From A Virgin’s Diary is a black & white (or tinted monochrome, really), silent, ballet re-telling of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Yes, I know it sounds odd, but it is one of the most beautiful, compelling and original pieces of cinema you’re likely to see. It’s on DVD, so check it out!


Sidetrack Films’ Jared Moshe and producer Isen Robbins http://imdb.com/name/nm0730358/ at the Stone Rose Lounge.

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