Friday, May 25, 2007
SIFF Opening Night Gala - Son of Rambow
Last night, I had the extreme pleasure of attending the 2007 SIFF Opening Gala at the new Marion Oliver McCaw Hall. Deborah Person, Carl Spence, and Gary Tucker all openly shared their love for the festival, and a general sense of excitement about this year filled the theater (which was packed full). Then the movie started, and I forgot about everything else.
Son of Rambow, directed by Garth Jennings (both Jennings and Producer Nick Goldsmith were in attendance for the screennig), is one of the sweetest coming-of-age comedies I have ever seen. Everything about this film made me happy from beginning to end. As for a capsule, I can't say it any better than it's already been said, so click here to read about it on the SIFF site.
To my delight, the film has tons of 80s references that led me down a nostaglic memory lane - and tied right into the dj theme for the party portion of the evening. Directly after the film, we were herded out through a fancy tented area (VIP only), and down to the Exhibition hall for the party. Decorated in white and lush, deep red - the party area resembled a comfortable, hip lounge. There were couches and beds to sit on with tons of pillows, big red curtains sheilded the walls, the Bombay Gin and Pyramid Ale areas were set up nicely, there were lots of good food vendors (including excellent friend chicken from Ezell's), and there was a big screen (and several smaller ones) playing loops of 80s classics Pretty in Pink and the Breakfast Club.
In other words: My kind of party.
The fact that it was absolutely that should be evident by my departure time (1:30am) and the 5 SIFF Bombay gin drinks, which led to me falling all over Producer Nick Goldsmith later, telling him exactly how and why I thought his movie was magic. In retrospect, it's probably a good thing I couldn't find the Director. Thank god my party companion was sober enough to drive me home!
This year's festival is off to a really good start - I am ready and excited to go see more films. As for Son of Rambow, you may have to wait awhile to see it if you missed opening night (imdb is showing a US release of 2008), but trust me: it will be worth it.