Posted by lemonjelly on:
I covered the Nomz of the Platinum Lounge earlier, but what about the loungers?
As I said earlier, the Lounge at the Blue Agave was a happy hour for filmmakers and platinum pass holders, and it turned out to be the hidden gem of the film festival because it was an unharried a space for them to unwind and relax, and over time friendships and camaraderie developed.
Without overtly trying, the space evolved organically into a great place for casual networking amongst the filmmakers. For such a few number of films I was able to see at the SBIFF, I ran into nearly all the filmmakers for them here. How cool is that.
Gabe Rosenn (upper left), who wrote/directed the Hot Tubs documentary, was relaxing on the balconey when I had the opportunity to chat with him. If you were not able to catch his film on the Mountain Drive hot tub scene that sent the nation into the era of hot tub mania, I'm pleased to let you know there's negotiation in the works for the film to show in Santa Barbara at a later date. Watch this space!
I grabbed this shot of Patrick Lawlar (upper right), first DP for the local short film One By One.
Director Sam Voutas and producer Melanie Ansley, two Australians living in Beijing, who brought us Red Light Revolution, were two of the nicest people I met at the festival. They even accompanied a gang of us to Roy after the local shorts premiered Thursday night and got to experience Roy's awesome $10 dinner specials with us.
Then there's Garrett Swann, another local shorts contributor who premiered The Plot, lounging by the Blue Agave fireside. Turns out he's a San Marcos High School Alumus (but I won't hold that against him. Go Dons!) and we discovered who in this town was was our one degree of separation.
So, the Platinum Lounge. Real people, real connections, no whammies. Can't promise they'd find a distribution deal here, but some new friendships is a good first step.