wed, dec 3
1:00pm - steven rosenblum editing workshop
10:00pm - viggo mortensen award presentation
10:30pm - 'good' screening
i arrive at the lodz film school, excited to attend steve's workshop. steve is a client of ours and one of the sweetest people you will ever meet. [sidebar: when he found out i wouldn't be able to make it home for thanksgiving, he and his charming wife debby invited me to their home with open arms] steve has edited such noteworthy films like 'braveheart,' 'the last samurai' and 'blood diamond,' so it was a treat for the students to listen about his outlook and work process with the director when tackling such big projects.
afterwards, we met up with a few other festival judges at the polish/jewish restaurant anatewka for a rousing lunch in a private room best described at a glorified coat closet. to the right of steve and i are DP gabriel beristain ('blade II') and DP nicola pecorini ('fear & loathing in las vegas') in a... lighter moment. i then meet up w/marta and she takes me to manufaktura, a sparkling complex in the newest part of the city yet. [katsuya = philippe starck, manufaktura food court = ikea] but it's the only place in lodz where one cannot smoke, making it immediately my favorite place.
i head over to the festival to see viggo's ceremony (the girls went cr-A-zee over him) and his new film 'good,' which was shot by another of our clients, DP andrew dunn. immediately following, they hold an impromptu press conference on stage, which was fun b/c it's the first time i get to see andrew (tho i've spoken with him the last few years!).