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April 23, 2007

Sarasota Wrap-Up

I got back from Sarasota last night, nursing a hangover from the rather dionysian closing night party (where I hope I didn't say anything too embarassing to anyone).

James On The Beach, Contemplating the Future

It was a really amazing festival experience. A huge thanks to Holly and Tom for programming my films, and for hanging out with us all week even when they had to get up early every morning to keep things running as smoothly as they went. And an extra special thanks to Brian, Max and all the drivers in transportation for getting us around the city so efficiently.

As for the films - I think my favorites were the aforementioned A Pervert's Guide To Cinema and, in the narrative feature category, Zach Godshall's stunning Low And Behold (which features a grand performance from Barlow Jacobs, who gave me the coolest pink backpack ever before he took off the other day). There were also a lot of really great short films, including Pablo DiZeo's Snails, Radu Jude's The Tube With A Hat (which was at Sundance) and what might be my personal favorite, Pablo Ag├╝ero's Primero Nieve, which won a jury prize at Cannes last year. And I should give a special shout out to Crazy Sexy Cancer, which everyone should see when it airs on TLC this summer.

And then there are all the films I've already seen, loved and/or written about. Opportunities to see Orphans, Silver Jew, Hannah Takes The Stairs, Kurt Cobain About A Son, Pretty In The Face, Great World Of Sound and Quiet City still abound in the coming weeks. Get thee to Nashville, Boston or Maryland and see this year's crop of independent masterpieces!

I had forgotten how great it is to be at a festival with a film in tow; I need to work harder on getting my stuff out there! Suffice to say, I'm gonna do my damndest to get back to Sarasota next year.

Pictures after the jump...

My initial steps towards the ocean.

Ry and Craig Zobel in a heated dispute.

Michael Tully, negotiating the deal for his next film, 'Ping Pong Summer.'

Joe Swanberg and Aaron Katz at the Of Montreal show.

Me and AJ Schnack, gothing it up at the Of Montreal show. I'm upset that I both missed the makeup booth and forgot to bring my own eyeliner.

Ry Russo Young, AJ Schnack, Mike Tully and me - just four of the 1000 stars that were at the conveniently named 'Night Of 1000 Stars' party.

Joe adamantly insisting that I try some ice cream.

Ry and Paul Lovelace taking advantage of a photo op. I did this, too, but apparently I'm not photogenic enough to make it onto Getty Images. I don't blame them, I guess.

Joe and Greta during one of several late night oceanic expeditions.

Me, Ryan Harrington and Holly Herrick at the closing night party.

Me and Lodge Kerrigan, both wearing our red-eye well.

Pablo DiZeo's beautiful short film 'Snails' played alongside The Outlaw Son, and afterwards we shared the mic for the Q&A. On the night we took this picture, he hung onto my bag for me after I became too inebriated to do so myself. Thanks, Pablo!

Me, Nate Meyer (still shocked that his film 'Pretty In The Face' just won an award), Matthew Robison and Aaron Katz.

I've become irradiated by the Florida sunshine. I also need to learn how to smile more in pictures.

I also have the best photo of Joe Swanberg and Craig Zobel ever taken, but I think I should save it for later.

Posted by David Lowery at April 23, 2007 03:56 PM


wait, you were drunk on Saturday night, David? coulda fooled me...

Posted by: tully at April 23, 2007 07:02 PM

That's fucking hysterical that you saw Snails. I had to do the video transfer on that for the composer, who was also my composer, Mario Mazzoli. I had to take a DVD-R to a motion jpeg-A for Pro Tools. Must've been 2 years ago. That version needed to be edited down, and I think it was subsequently recut.

Posted by: mutinyco at April 23, 2007 09:19 PM

these pics are great, david!!!

makes me want to tour the fest circuit more!!!

and all the films you've mentioned i've been dying to see...

Posted by: frank at April 24, 2007 02:32 AM

That's crazy, mutinco. Mario's music was one of the things I took the most note of - it was so similar to what I had in mind for one of my upcoming projects, but I completely forgot to ask Pablo about it afterwards.

Posted by: Ghostboy at April 24, 2007 02:36 AM

Mario was the third wheel at my old CrossoverFollowing site. (Which will be going offline very soon) My favorite stuff he did was for NYFF43 -- it wasn't original, he just let me raid his archives and take what I wanted. But to hear a whistling children's theme as somebody metaphysically floats past George Clooney or Phil Hoffman can't be beat.

Posted by: mutinyco at April 24, 2007 12:20 PM

Incidentally: A Pervert's Guide to Cinema was lensed by my regular DP Remko Schnorr. Good to hear you liked it. I still need to see it myself, though...

Posted by: Peet at April 25, 2007 02:40 AM

That's awsome, Peet. The cinematography is actually really impressive - he did a marvelous job matching the exact look of all the films used as reference points.

Posted by: Ghostboy at April 25, 2007 02:42 AM

awww man that was fun!!!
I can't wait to do it again. Nice pics David!!

Posted by: ryry at May 7, 2007 07:40 PM