What: Independent Feature Project
Who: Anyone involved in film, down to the lawyers
When: Thursday, July 24 at 8:00pm
Where: Varsity Theater
Why: To raise money for the IFP -- support independent media makers!
Everyone at the IFP Party at the Varsity Theater was loosened up a bit by the time I arrived. There was plenty of finger food on silver trays and a too-sweet blue concoction dubbed the "IFP-ini" available for free at the bar (my theory: It was so bad they were giving it away simply to get rid of it). It was a night for women to wear their evening gowns and men to don smart sport jackets; people wandered throughout the theater and bobbed in time to The New Standards who were playing on stage, which was awash in purple lights. Paul Clark, Carrie Volk, and Dan Orozco, who currently run Cinema Lounge (a weekly film series at the Bryant-Lake Bowl), were enjoying the band but not so much the "martini." "Be a man," Paul chided Dan, who was drinking a Tecate. "Drink the fruity blue drink."
The evening included a live auction to raise funds for IFP. Kieran Folliard, owner of The Local, Kieran's, and The Liffey, demanded attention from the stage with his loud, Irish lilt; he must be an auctioneer in his spare time. When auctioning off a weekend vacation, he riled folks to bid by shouting, "Put your kids in another room to watch Shrek ! You can go in the suite and watch The Crying Game !"
Peter Bradley and Jan Heasley, on separate occasions, started buying me real cocktails. I wasn't sure if the bartenders were mixing them especially strong or if I was simply seeing things, but shortly after my third (or fourth?) drink, the tables started rolling out of the room. Turns out there were people behind those table who were kindly removing them so the folks could dance to Ipso-Facto.