Night one we began our partying at the Opening Film party at the old Fox and the Hound where we ran into Rider Strong most popularly known for his long-time role as Sean on Boy Meets World. I also had a conversation with Paul Rudd on a director we both knew b/c of a film we almost did together until funding fell through...its a small world when you can run into a celebrity and talk about a common person! That means I'm what? One degree away from Jennifer Aniston? Two away from Brad Pitt? ha.
Rider Strong was here promoting his new disturbing film Borderland about true ritual sacrifice killings in Mexico. Paul Rudd was promoting his new comedy Knocked-Up - which I loved despite the stereotypical ball-and-chain depiction of Paul's character's wife. I mean come on! Women know how to have fun - and can be just as "held back" by controlling husbands. Time to write my own screen play...
(Left) Jon Ray of Suited Productions at the majestic Paramount theater on Congress Avenue before the premiere of Knocked Up.
Other fabulous parties that we made ourselves known at included Robert Rodriguez's party at Antones where he and his band played and editorial contributor Sarah Garza determined that RR was definitely the most beautiful man in the world. Having a guitar in his hands probably didn't hurt! The private IFC party at Light Bar where we felt like celebrities with the fancy small hor d'euvors like fried brie that were forgein to the eye and I had to keep asking what every little odd thing was, the too-fun free photo booth, the massage chairs that left my back crazy-sore the following day, the complete open bar, and the swag bags with free t-shirts that I believe I drunkenly handed over to a homeless man on my way out and to the Pineapple party over at Molotov. (Below) Editorial contributor/PR Patricia Robinson and Joe at Light Bar.
During the film portion of the festival we had a great time at a party at La Zona Rosa where we were influenced to jump up and down and dance all around to popular bands What Made Milwaukee Famous and Voxtrot, followed by the after party for the film Inside the Circle at Copa where our dance skills were put to shame by the break-dancers "in the circle" moving in ways that would leave my neck broken and my head hurting. The closing party at Maggie Maes was fun too - and then began the music fest!
(Left to Right) Party at La Zona Rosa - Producer Peter Phok and I; agent/filmmaker/panelist Lupe Valdez and actor Justin Brusca; Managing Editor Lauren Scott and I; Mike and I at closing film party.The music adventures began with day time parties, night time shows, and then after parties that lasted into the wee hours of the morning. Unfortunately two of our after parties, one at the Blue Genie on the east side of town off Springdale, and another at the Elk Lodge were both cut short due to a fire marshall and the wall of a balcony collapsing, respectively. Luckily no one got hurt! We did spend some time at the after party smokers lounge in the Omni hotel - that is - until the smokers actually came. . . it still blows me away that the smokers lounge isn't held in a room that at least has windows or a balcony. Do smokers even like having all of their exhalations recycled? Next year - increase ventilation! (Below - left to right) Advertising Manager Tiffany Montgomery and Matt Dentler at the Omni Loung; Photographer Courtney Pierce and Tiffany Montgomery partying day time music-style; Joelle Geisler and Lauren Scott at the Vice after-party.
Shows we really enjoyed: White Ghost Shivers at Molotov Lounge - check out pictures on Chris Carson's blog chriscarsonphoto.blogspot.com
Galactic at Emos; Boombox w/ Ozomatli at Speakeasy; Ozomatli at the convention center; the Octopus Project at Emos; all the bands at the Spin Party at Stubbs; Ghostland Observatory at La Zona Rosa; and there are many more that are already starting to slip slip away....
We ended SXSW at the SXSW softball games at Kreig field. Last free meal, last free beer. . . but it definitely was a beautiful and relaxing day.