Well, Films Gone Wild people.. I’m back. It’s been a long time since I have contributed to this site, but the gracious “you always have a journalistic home” here policy of the delightful Mark Bell has allowed me to revive this sucker.
And what better way than to start with some cool pictures of filmmakers and celebrities from the just concluded 2013 New York Film Festival. Since I posted shots of everyone that made an appearance on our red carpets this year on my Facebook page, I thought this would be a fun “exclusive” to get the ball rolling here once again. So, here goes…
STEVE COOGAN – Introducing the press screening for ALAN PARTRIDGE I said that having Steve Coogan here was one of my personal happy thoughts for this year’s edition of the film festival. He was somewhat subdued while he was here but still damn funny. At one point when asked his opinion of the Queen and the Royal family, he replied (and I’m paraphrasing), “I think the Bolsheviks had the right idea when it came to aristocracy.”
PATRICK DANIELS and ROBERT BERGER – Co-directors of CHARLIE VICTOR ROMEO, a film that screened as part of the NYFF Convergence program, places you in the cockpit with various airline pilots and crew members who encountered disaster in the sky and went down with their planes – with very few survivors. The 3-D experience is nothing short of harrowing and will make you forever wonder afterwards if everything is okay up there in the front of the plane you’re on.
(Left to right) CHARLIE VICTOR ROMEO directors Patrick Daniels and Robert Berger discuss the flight anxiety they have just instilled in their audience with NYFF Convergence Co-curator Matt Bolish on September 28. (Photo by Misun Jin)
FREDERICK WISEMAN – Seriously, what does documentary film legend Frederick Wiseman give a damn about being on a red carpet..?
LAV DIAZ and ALAIN GUIRAUDIE – I don’t know why Lav Diaz didn’t make it (let’s face it, my red carpet was shorter than his film) and I didn’t have much luck with the French filmmakers this year…
NANCY BUIRSKI – The director of the documentary AFTERNOON OF A FAUN: TANAQUIL LE CLERCQ actually did make an appearance on a red carpet later in the fest. However, on the night of her film’s premiere she got some support from some celebrity friends (including Frederick Wiseman, checking out the “new talent”) so we grabbed our step-and-repeat shots in the Walter Reade Theater lobby.