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The 10th Annual Vail Film Festival took place on March 28-31st. It’s hard to believe that I’ve been doing internal media coverage for the festival since 2007, along with my buddies Michael Howard and festival host Bill LeVasseur. What an amazing ride it has been! I really feel like the festival staff and all the wonderful people I got to know and have been working with for the past 7 years became a tight-knit family. I miss them dearly every time the festival ends, waiting with anticipation until the next year to be re-united again.
VFF Staff (photo by Anna Finke):
2013 marked the 10th Anniversary of the VFF. As usual, there were plenty of film screenings, Q&As, parties, red carpet photos, a screenplay reading, filmmaker reception and a Friday night concert with musicians from LA’s Hotel Cafe. Some of the notable guests included Tate Taylor, who received “Excellence in Directing” tribute award, and actress Allison Janney (The Help, The West Wing).
A couple of weeks ago, I took advantage of the incredible opportunity to grab my passport (which hasn’t been used since my backpacking trip to Europe in 2005), jump on a plane and fly out to beautiful Cabo, Mexico for the first annual Baja International Film Festival. This ambitious event was organized in part by the same group of amazing people behind the Vail Film Festival, which I also attend and shoot coverage for every year with Michael Howard and Bill LeVasseur. Over 900 festival guests were flown in to Cabo for BIFF, including industry professionals, movie stars, studio executives, film directors and other VIPs such as Edward Norton, Matt Dillon, Melissa Leo, Diego Luna, Virginia Madsen, Allison Janey, Gael Garcia Bernal, Michael Apted, Mike Judge, Rachel Leigh-Cook, Josh Lucas and William Mapother, among many others.
Much like at the Vail Film Festival, Michael and I were tasked with shooting internal media coverage, while Bill acted as a host and presenter at the awards ceremony. We didn’t shoot as many stills as we normally do, since the festival organizers hired Wire Image photographers specifically for this task. Instead, we focused on getting exclusive red carpet interviews with the stars and various b-roll footage of the extravagant parties and other events that took place throughout the week. All of this material will be coming later. Meanwhile, here are a few stills I took during my week in Cabo.
Arriving in beautiful, sunny Cabo after a weekend of snow in Denver was a pleasant change of pace.
This view from our condo’s balcony every morning provided all the motivation we needed to face the day:
The sunsets weren’t too shabby, either.
This year’s Vail Film Festival seemed a bit more low-key and intimate than some previous fests, which isn’t a bad thing. While Michael and I still kept pretty busy shooting screenplay readings, red carpet interviews, film screening Q&As, parties and sponsor material, it was nice to not be constantly rushing around and actually have a chance to enjoy and partake in some of the festival activities a little bit more. This was also Michael’s first year at the VFF as a filmmaker and a short film competition co-director, as well as the festival’s official cinematographer; a triple-duty which he endured quite well!
Some of the guests this year included Fred Schepisi (the director of VFF opening night film The Eye of the Storm, as well as The Russia House and Roxanne, among others) and Krysten Ritter (Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23, Breaking Bad).
As for me, some of the highlights of this year’s fest included chatting with Fred Schepisi, filming and hanging out backstage at the incredible sold-out Friday night concert featuring Sara Bareilles and the amazing musicians from LA’s Hotel Cafe (Cary Brothers, Buddy, Harper Blynn, Javier Dunn, Greg Laswell and Laura Jansen), seeing Michael’s short film Baby Shoes on the big screen, bowling at midnight, swimming in an outdoor pool at a swanky resort hotel and generally enjoying the unseasonably warm weather for Vail. And, of course – reuniting with all of the awesome people that I haven’t seen since last year. This was my 6th year of filming coverage at the VFF, and, as always, it was exciting to be a part of it.
Below are some photos I took at the festival. Be sure to check out my Flickr gallery or watch the slideshow at the end of this post to see the rest, including lots of party pics, red carpet coverage and beauty shots. Meanwhile, the 40+ gigabytes of video footage I shot will eventually be processed and included in the 2013 Vail Film Festival promos and other materials. Stay tuned!
This was my third year in a row attending the Vail Film Festival and doing videography and still photography with Michael Howard for festival promos. As always, we covered everything from red carpet media events to Q&As, panels, screenplay readings, interviews, music performances and of course – lots of schmoozing and parties.