I can’t believe the Fantasia Film Festival has only been on for 1 week, because I feel like I’ve been running the festival gauntlet for at least 3. But, I have had a lot of fun and met a lot of very cool people. Here’s a rundown of the movies and the people I’ve been seeing.
Day 1 – Thursday, July 19
Only made it out to one movie, For Love’s Sake, Miike Takashi’s newest effort. It is also a musical. Click on the name of the film to be taken to my Film Threat review to see what I thought. I ran away before anyone could invite me to the after party.
Day 2 – Friday, July 20
Still only made it out to one film, Mads Brüger’s jaw-dropping The Ambassador and accidentally ran into Film Threat editor Mark Bell in the line-up. I didn’t even know he was going to be at the festival, so we had a pretty good laugh. Stayed out a little later than I expected drinking with Mark and filmmaker Matt Garrett and basically hobnobbing like a superstar. Got snagged on my way out by Derek and Kevin from DEDfest, who I’d never met, but totally bonded with right away. And, because they made me stay late, I also managed to introduce myself to Tony Todd and James Duval, both of whom are total sweeties.
Day 3 – Saturday, July 21
Somehow managed to weasel my way into the Sushi Girl world premiere, which was huge. Most probably due to the involvement and in-room presence of a certain MARK HAMILL. While the film ended up not really being my cup of tea, I did love the performances, particularly Mark Hamill, who hits it out of the park, not to mention the always solid Tony Todd. The cast and crew were also very gracious in letting us hang out and party like rock stars with them well into the wee hours of the night.
Day 4 – Sunday, July 22
Tried to get into My Amityville Horror, but it was also sold out in the smaller theater and we didn’t show up early enough in the pass holder line. Opted to hang out with Matt at the Irish Embassy and schmooze like a rock star. The booze diet is starting to get to me.
Day 5 – Monday, July 23
Saw Memory of the Dead, which everyone HATED, except me, but that’s probably because I turned off my brain and stopped caring that nothing made sense. Met up with Jeremy Knox and his wife at the bar and watched Mark and Jeremy attempt the George Thorogood triple shot: one burbon, one scotch and one beer. Mark seemed to fare better than Jeremy at that one. Took off in time to get the last Metro, but the boys kept partying until the sun came up.
Day 6 – Tuesday, July 24
I got called downtown on an emergency in the middle of the afternoon, and since I was planning on seeing a film at 5:35pm I decided to bring my laptop with me and try to get some work done instead of running back and forth on the Metro. Famous last words as they say.
Ran into Derek outside of the Irish Embassy and got talked into a midday drink. I opted for soda, but then Peter, Steven and from Toronto After Dark showed up and gave us a coupon for food. Then the owner showed up with free drinks, whiskey for the boys, and a kalua & irish cream shot for the lady (me, apparently), but I managed to get a whiskey too! Apparently the owner had been told there was a guy who’d been coming in who looked just like him, who happened to be Derek. Hey, if that warrants free drinks I’m all for it.
After drinks I got into the line for Hemorrhage and got to meet even more new people. I’ll be reviewing the film a little later this week, so stay tuned for that. Again, I think I liked it a lot better than some of the people I spoke to afterwards. Ran into Mark in the pass-holder line for Alter Egos, but things looked even more desperate than they did for Sushi Girl, and since it was Mark’s last night in town we decided to hit the Irish Embassy and hang out instead. I was an extra good girl this night, partly because I’d started drinking so early, but also because I was starting to really miss Rick.
Day 7 – Wednesday, July 25
Opted to take the day off since burning at both ends was starting to catch up with me. This was evidenced by the fact that the first thing I did when Rick asked how my day was I burst into tears for no reason. Will take one more day to catch up with writing, sleep and vitamins and then back at it for Friday!