23 October 2008

AFF 2008 in stream of subconsciousness replay

Drizzle on the road into town ... late arrival, early traffic ... Jamie made his flight ... Driskill smells like home ... Shawna Shawna Shawna ... Ryan and Crymes in the lounge ... calling Robyn "Tori" ... Howdy, Mr. Beal ... Lisa and Jude ... calling Tori "Robyn" ... Deborah totes a big bag ... chicken enchiladas at Iron Horse Cantina ... bock me, amadeus ... heinous accusations of snoring ... a line around Starbucks ... a new room again for registration sign-in ... Julie O at the airport ... Tina Richey Swanson Jingleheimer Schmitt.. Jimmie Miller and shepherd's pie ... John Turman ... Mikey exists ... new phone charger ... pear cider and quesadillas at Buffalo's ... loved Hollywood Shuffle, Mr. Townsend ... Driskill Hotel Bar ... opening night party at Mohawk ... what's Vivi smiling about? ... stay thirsty, my friends ... Emerson Max and the Boston Ponytail ... Shane Black and the fine art of reluctantly sincere hetero man-hugging ... another pint of Guinness ... Big Jon from St Louis ... Linnea hates to like me ... Aren't you Mr. Moosecock? ... Maggie Biggar has a cute laugh ... Dawn the cool Philly Producer Babe ... everybody wants a romcom ... Julianna Ferrell ... Mikey is a nappin' machine ... Starbuck me ... Dan Petrie and Terry Rossio flanking Polly "Yukon" Platt ... KASDAN! ... John August knows a lot of stuff ... fish tacos at Marisco Grill ... Mizzou in the hizzy ... telling Terry I'm stealing his woman again ... Brian Anderson appears ... a pint of Fireman's #4 ... what's Vivi smiling about? ... "MUY TAI, MUTHERFUCKER!" ... Turman and Shane and Rossio ... Lauren and Dave! ... the other party sucks ... beer me, Sean ... why, thank you ... be quiet, Tori ... evenin', Mr. Skerritt ... a beer? For me? Well, if you insist ... that'll do, Mr. Cromwell-- that'll do ... another beer? well, OK ... the new circumcision is looking good, man! ... woman are cool ... Moosecockier: this time, it's personal ... gooooodnight, ireeeene ... more throw pillows than square feet ... early sure comes early here ... "is that a banana and a granola bar and a cellphone in your pocket, or are you just really hung?" ... Farrell and Soderstrom do a really good job ... what the hell kind of name for a grown-up is "Kiwi" anyway? ... leading the lunch parade to nowhere ... chicken schwarma and a "Focus" VitaminWater ... the magical mystery room on the second and a half floor ... LAWRENCE FUCKING KASDAN! ... Big Chill and Battletech ... weeping to meet your hero ... Kring and Rossio and Turman and Black oh my ... the French Legation and BBQ ... Jana Kramer is freakin' gorgeous ... gimme a green bottle this time ... what's Vivi smiling about? ... Bever, BBQ, and beer ... howdy, Mr. Weingrod ... Englebert the Bull seems lost in thought ... damned t-sips ... free Dos Equis with half of the Fabulous Benson Sisters ... sure, I'll drink another beer with you ... buried 'neath an avalanche of babes ... waving off attempts to be rescued from being buried 'neath aforementioned avalanche ... closing night at Buffalo Billiards ... "how did you lose FIVE women at the same time?" ... Moosecockiest: The Final Chapter ... Dawn on the sofa, Terry on the windowsill ... bodypainting and windmills and things better left unseen ... "sounds interesting -- you have my contact info, right?" ... last man to leave ... aloha, Max ... damned t-sips ... "sure she's still awake -- it's only 2 am, right?" ... "OK, so maybe that was not the best idea of the night..." ... did anyone ever figure out who that dude with us was? ... "it's 5:30 am? for real? oh shit..." ... falling into bed exactly as Mikey is getting up ... the goodbyes begin ... a three and a half wheeled cab ride to the Hair Of The Dog ... bailing on the Hair Of The Dog and walking back ... best secret brunch buffet in town ... Turman and Thorne give really good panel ... Seth and a lukewarm veggieburger ... hugging foreheads over a babygrand ... winding down at the pita place ... Shane Black preaches and we all sing HALLELUJAH ... "you, sir, are a fuckin' rock star" ... "when are you coming to LA?..." ... "And now it's time to say goodbye... to the summer..." vs "this is the end... my only friend, the end..." ... "you're MARRIED?!!!..." ... some good friends hugged, some makeup smeared, some sleeves schmutzed ... "time to turn back into a pumpkin for another 361 days..." ... "we gotta find a place to meet this year..." ... some friends into cabs, some friends to the airport, some more weepy goodbyes ... a long drive home in silence, wanting to burn every second into hard long term memory ... total and complete exhaustion ... what were those dates for 2009?....

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AFF 2008. Yeah, I was very there.
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7 comments:

marcoguarda said...

Well, if these are the headlines for coming posts, I'd better go get some popcorns.

Can't wait to read about the "Big Chill" vs. "Kasdan" match.

[smiley]

M.

Julie O'Hora said...

"LAWRENCE FUCKING KASDAN."

I'll drink to that.

Matt said...

If you write screenplays, Lawrence Kasdan SHOULD be your fucking idol no matter what. He's the reason I got started on this horseshit in the first place.

Shawna said...

Huh. I can see how I rate in your stream of subconsciousness. I coulda sworn I was in Austin...perhaps not.

Brett said...

M--
No, these are not teasers for upcoming posts. The meat of year's fest was somehow more deeply affecting, more personal, and I dunno that I'm going to be quite as vocal and open with a lot of it.

j.o--
I think I already did. Several times.

matt--
Heh, I told LK that when I first met him a year or two ago: "you're the man who made me think about screenwriting." In his talk at AFF this year he mentioned how often he gets that from people, and how that drives him to keep trying to reach out to people and tell them "then fine -- if you're crazy enough to enter this business, then stay crazy enough to demand that we do really good work."

shawna--
A few points:
(1) I am a clumsy idiot, and the conspicuous absence of your name is just more proof
(2) believe me when I say you ARE included and referenced in this piece -- every time the word "friend" or "good friends" is mentioned.
(3) I'll edit the piece to address this stupid embarrassing accidental oversight -- not because the oversight bothers you, but because it bothers ME.
Now gear up and go hard. ;-)
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Shawna said...

Oh, that's much better -- now I'm a *nag* on your subconscious.

Still, thanks for remembering me in there between Kasdan and MUY THAI!

bigpix said...

Dude, I wasn't even THERE and I understood that column completely. Could have written something similar many times.

Missed you guys SO MUCH, words can't even begin to express. Which sucks for those of us trying to make a living expressing the unexpressable (yes, Damn it, that's a word if I say it is).

AFF couldn't refund my pass for this year, so you suckers better be ready to party just as hard next year.

Ann