There’s been quite a few parties over the last week. The key locations have been the Club Monaco store which hosted the Premiere Party and the “In Her Shoes” party last night. The Lobby, which hosted the Endeavor party, the Trailer Park Boys party, and the Bettie Page party. The Chanel store, which hosted “Thank You For Smoking” and a few others.
To be quite honest, I’m not really into attending parties. I like movies. I’ve been going to three or four movies a day, ever since the press has died down on my own film. That said, last night on a lark, my producer Dan and I went to the party at the Lobby. I walked up to the bouncer and said, “I directed ‘Thank You For Smoking’. Can I come in?”
And the guy let me in. I think I probably could have said anything. “Hi, I directed Mustapha the Goat Puncher”. Welcome. Enjoy your evening.
However, if you are interested in doing business in Toronto and meeting everyone in attendance at the festival, the place to do it is the Four Seasons lobby. It is an inescapable Hollywood vortex. It’s actually pretty funny. It is almost more of a surprise when I walk through and recognize nobody.
My favorite sighting has to be Luis Guzman of Boogie Nights, Traffic, and Carlitos Way. We were waiting for an elevator together and I just looked at him and said, “Man, you fucking rock”. He nodded back with a touch of a smile in return and said, “Hey, that’s cool.”
However, if you really want to spend quality time in the hotel, you may want to get a room for the week. There was a fan in the lobby and I guess he was harassing people. He was chased out of the hotel and dropped to the ground in the driveway. The last I saw of him was five bellmen kneeling on his back, LAPD style.
I’ve seen quite a few movies now here at the festival. My favorites have to be:
The Notorious Bettie Page
The Worlds Fastest Indian
Sarah Silverman: Jesus is Magic
Tristram Shandy; A Cock and Bull Story
Walk the Line
I’ve noticed a few responses to the blog. I hope I am living up to my expectations here. If you have any questions about my Toronto experience, feel free to ask.