Well, the 7th Annual Writer Mafia Party at TIFF was a success. I left around midnight, but my spies tell me there was still quite a crowd there at one in the morning.
Parties at TIFF are strange. Theoretically they are showbiz industry parties. But when I go, there are an awful lot of people I've never seen before -- and whom my friends have never seen before. I guess they are in the great Canadian marketing industry. Which is fair, since TIFF is a promotional event.
So, we instituted the Writer Mafia Party, where we don't buy your drinks or offer you free food, but you'll probably know a lot of people. I think it's one of the most fun events at the festival.
(I have tried over the years to take pictures of the WMP. It is really hard to take a picture of a party that looks like anything!)
Tonight I'm premiering a new short, WINTER GARDEN, at the Elgin. It's part of the Stage to Screen
program, celebrating the Elgin's 100th anniversary -- it's the oldest continually functioning theatre from the vaudeville epoch in North America. There are six of us emerging directors, each with a film shot entirely at the Elgin & Winter Garden Theatres. Everything from a post-apocalyptic folktale to a silent film in black and white, to the death of John Dillinger to... my little supernatural tale.
My other 2013 short, ROLE PLAY, premieres at the Vancouver International Film Festival
on October 2.
Come to the Elgin tonight, if you're around. Should be a good program.