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Pics of people in SW30 Tees. And other random snaps.

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Achtung, baby! My “Cinemania” co-director Angela Christlieb sporting her SW30 shirt at our Berlin Film Fest after-party.

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Me, producer Mia and our friend, director Joe Dante (”Gremlins” anyone?) at the SW30 party in Berlin. Mia’s busy co-producing Joe’s new project “The Man With Kaleidescope Eyes.” Joe’s been on a roll lately with his excellent films for Showtime’s “Masters of Horror” series. Keep ‘em coming Joe!

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MB, SK, & GH in Berlin on our way to the world premiere of David McKenzie’s Competition film “Hallam Foe” which we all thought was ace.

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Berlin screening #4, 10:30pm, Saturday night, second to last day of the festival - sold out! Festival goers in Berlin do not queue, they clump. Old friend from Boston/NYC, David Levine (now a Berlin based ex-pat) spotted in upper left hand corner.

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SXSW - MARCH, 2007

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Mmm. Nachos & Beer. Makes all the movies & music at SXSW that much better…

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Producer Mia with the amazing Pollyanna of inclusive pr, our brilliant publicists.

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…Polly & the legendary Mickey Cottrell, king-pin of inclusive pr and also an actor of repute (recall Daddy Caroll in My Own Private Idaho!)

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Mark “Rabbi” Rabinowitz at the SXSW awards afterparty with his favorite bit of swag -a talking Simpson’s watch. Class!

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With Gary Hustwit at the Austin Chronicle bash. Gary, the founder of specialty DVD distrib Plexifilm was at SXSW with his directorial debut “Helvetica”, a film about the font which is celebrating its 50th birthday this year. Happy birthday Helvetica.

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Lucy “Blindsight” Walker. Try to see the film if you can; blind Tibetan schoolchildren climb Mt. Everest. - incredible. Lucy also directed the great “Devil’s Playground”. We are on a parallel film fest tour and should be rendezvousing in Greece in about two hours…

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The Dears do their thing at SXSW - epic. (Yes, that blue blur is The Dears.)

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Several beers & shots into the night, with friend, Bella Union head honcho (and SW30 interviewee) Simon Raymonde at The Dears show.

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Started the night at The Ale House, with a trio of great musicians…

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Rebecca Gates

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Joan as Policewoman

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and Bella Union’s latest signing, the luminous Stephanie Dosen.

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previous day miraculously made it up for a 10 am talk with Emmylou Harris & Jonathan Demme. She had a chat and sang some songs…including the spine-tingling “Orphan Girl” by Gillian Welch which appears on Emmylou’s 1995 masterpiece “Wrecking Ball”. A definite high point of the fest.

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Mia and I, being massive Bill Hicks fans, were amused to no end to discover that, yes, there was indeed a Gideon Bible in our hotel room.

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goodnight Austin, until next time…

THESSALONIKI DOC FEST 2007

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Olympion Cinema

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more Lights of Thessaloniki…

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NATFILM FESTIVALEN, DENMARK, 2007

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Dim Sum Dinner in Denmark with Dietmar & Lucia, directors of the great doc about The Monks.

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film fest diet of coffee & beer occasionally supplemented with candy.

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“Swan…”

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“…my best unbeaten brother…”

and then back to NYC for a few weeks…the view from my office across the water in Brooklyn at about 6:45 pm.

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The only photographic evidence of our trip to HotDocs are some snaps in the Toronto Shoe Museum (!?) festival fatigue setting in perhaps? It was the begining of the second leg of a real marathon, with the UK theatrical and Tribeca coming up back-to-back. These shoes looked very Drift to me for some reason…

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and then…off to the UK…we only managed to get a few shots of the marquee at the Curzon Soho where we opened…

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likewise Tribeca…this is the only shot where we don’t look crosseyed:

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then…off to Seattle:

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first stop: Victrola Coffee to recharge Seattle-style.

and then a stop at the Olympic Sculpture Park to worship at the alter of Richard Serra…

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and Calder…

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and the next thing I know, I’m in Sydney.

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the majestic State Theatre…

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the gathering Walkerpeople.

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me with previously mentioned SuperFan Yasue from Japan (as in, she flew from Japan to Sydney for the screening. Wow.)

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the magnificent Claire Stewart, the new director of the Sydney Film Festival, celebrating the close of her brilliant first edition. Well done!

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filmmakers Rafa Cortes of award-winning film “Yo”, Benson Lee, director of the mindblowing “Planet B-Boy” and Claire & Angie from the festival, who made sure we were well fed and drunk every single day - brilliant hospitality and brilliant people.

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next up…Melbourne International Film Festival…

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opening night, not Phantom of the Opera, but Sicko.

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MIFF’ers filling up the Australian Center for the Moving Image for SW30…
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Sheep vs. Shark. W/ director Jonathan King (”Black Sheep”) and actress Loren Horsley (”Eagle vs. Shark”)

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VIVA director, writer, star, editor, costume and set designer (!!) Anna Biller with costar Jared Sanford.

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Last day in Melbourne ran into “Chopper” Reade. Ok. I was looking for him, first at the pub he hangs out in, then passed him on the street. Thanks for the photo “uncle Chop-Chop”

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Tucson Film & Music Festival:

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VANCOUVER FILM FESTIVAL

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“Oh Vienna…”
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cafe culture with Matthew Porterfield, director of the film “Hamilton” , a simple, elegant and hypnotic gem.

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Our Very Special Guest: Helga Schramm, aka Bunny Helga! aka, the woman who introduced Scott to the music of Jaques Brel. Happy Birthday Helga - We were only put in touch with Helga after the film wrapped, but it was brilliant to have her along for the ride in Vienna and to hear the true story behind Scott’s Brel discovery. (He was right about the Pernod, but it wasn’t opening night of the club, and according to Helga, the translations took more than one night…)

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it was beer and slo-core later that eve at Rhiz.

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followed by a late-night schnitzel at this place.

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Nice to see my friend Andy Bailey’s stunning new book CINEMA NOW for sale at the bookstore at the Museum Quarter.

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Barcelona snaps lost in the hard drive somewhere…so in the meantime, equally long-overdue Oslo Film Fest Photos:

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Festival Director Tommy Lørdahl and Jason Kohn, director of Sundance Doc Award winner Manda Bala.

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Oslo folk in period dress whom we met wandering back to hotel late one cold and less than sober evening…

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with Jason and “Nina” director Thibault Staib at the Olympic Ski Jump in Oslo.

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Also enjoying the day at the Ski Jump was “In Search of a Midnight Kiss” director Alex Holdridge.

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The El Dorado Cinema, Oslo. Just down the road from Mono, where I reprised The Scott Walker Lounge.

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Great music scene in Oslo, our exploration of it facilitated by Fest director Tommy L. Here, we were treated to a band on a boat. They were all dressed like pirates and seemed to be big fans of Primal Scream.

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