Sundance II: Seattle Party


The temperature was dropping as I left my room to go to the Seattle party. Walking downtown at 9 you could see the stars out and smell the smoke from wood-burning fire-places. Ski lifts were moving across the streets. The Seattle party was a half hour walk away, on Main Street, at a downstairs club called The Star Bar which, if you are following on your map, is up past the Egyptian.  At one point, in a dense cluster of people on the sidewalk, I was sure I saw Harvey Weinstein walk past talking to another man. No big deal: Harvey Weinstein. Seconds later I heard one preteen say to another, “Are you frickin’ kidding me? That was Jude frickin’ Law?” (I didn’t see him.) At the Star Bar the place was overflowing with people from the Seattle film scene – James Keblas, from the Mayor’s Office, Amy Dee, from Washington Film Works, the director David Russo along with cast and crew from “The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle,” and Lynn Shelton with a large, happy contingent from “Humpday.”  But there were people from New York there, too, and L.A., and people who maybe just wondered what the party was about and decided to come. “Little Dizzle”’s premiere is Monday, late afternoon, but this first Seattle film was greeted at the large Eccles Theater, with waves of laughter at the variations the film works on the premise (it’s about two straight friends who dare each other to make a porn movie starring themselves).

I had an 8:30 a.m. movie, “Sin Nombre,” a Latin-American film made by an American with a Japanese last name, so I headed back home to get some sleep along about the time other people were starting to talk about dancing or going to other parties elsewhere. Tomorrow is the Little Dizzle premiere.

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