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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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AFI Fest 07: 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days… & 1 Dinner

Saturday marked the first AFI Fest screening of upcoming IFC First Take release 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days by Romanian director Cristian Mungiu. The 2007 Cannes Palm d’Or winner (and prohibitive favorite for a best foreign language Oscar nod) has been getting rave reviews and since I missed it at the New York Film Festival last month, I decided I had to catch it here (and did so on Monday). I wish I’d seen it before the dinner so I could have told Mungiu what an extraordinary film he’s made, but I suspect I’d not have been the first. More on this moving and delicate film in another post but as for the dinner, despite a few more attendees than planned for (extra tables were the order of the evening) the dinner was a pleasant gathering of friends new and old. The wine flowed and my head hurt the next morning.
Photos top to bottom: SXSW Film Festival producer Matt Dentler; editors in chief of indieWIRE.com and Screen International (l to R) Eugene Hernandez and Colin Brown…(Colin is not a giant and Eugene is not tiny. It’s just a little forced perspective in action); The poster for the film.

Tribeca 07 Party: My Best Friend

I’ll admit, this was not my most party-intensive Tribeca Film Festival. First of all, it’s been two years now since Showtime’s legendary all you can eat sushi party at Nobu and the fest just isn’t the same without it! Secondly, I don’t recover as well from parties as I used to. That said, I did attend a few (what would a film festival be without the Rabbi hitting the parties, I ask you?) and one of the better fêtes was held on May 1st for IFC Films upcoming release of Patrice Leconte’s My Best Friend which stars one of my favorite Gallic actors Daniel Auteuil (Le Huitième Jour). The event was sponsored by ROC which, interestingly enough was celebrating their 50th anniversary on that very day! Well, Bonne Anniversaire, ROC!
The party was attended by a few celebs, including Kevin Pollack, Rachel Dratch, Sherri Saun (Rescue Me), Colin Egglesfield (All My Children), Jane Krakowski, socialite Alex Adame and of course the indie world’s roster of up-and-coming bold-faced names, including directors Joe Swanberg (Hannah Takes the Stairs) & Aaron Katz (Quiet City) and Hannah herself, Greta Gerwig.
The goody bags were quite good, and considering that hosts seem to be cutting back on that particular perk (for shame!) quite welcome. After the bash ended (some of us stayed right up until “get out” time) there were goody bags left over, so if you need any puffy eye cream, let me know, as I’m up to my tits in retinol!
A couple of pix from the event after the jump!

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