After essentially buying everything at the TCM boutique I spied Raquel from Out of the Past and @QuelleLove fame. We said a quick hello, mostly because I was nervous and embarrassed (as I am in 90% of social interaction). But it was really wonderful to meet her and put a face to the online identity. I wish I had been more sociable, but even at 30 I let my self consciousness get the better of me. I then scurried outside to check my phone (no reception inside) and then sat in on the Meet TCM Panel. It was very informative and fun to see the people and faces behind the network that I love so much. The panel was emceed by Scott McGee (@BBunny1940 on twitter) and included Charlie Tabesh, Sean Cameron, Tom Brown, Jeff Gregor, Pola Changnon and
|Jeff Gregor, Pola Changnon, Richard Steiner|
|Sean Cameron, Tom Brown, Charlie Tabesh|
Sean then talked about the new program called, Friday Night Spotlight (I'm already a month late on this) which was inspired by Cher. It's to be hosted by a different classic film fan celeb and each month will feature a different theme. This program offers more perspectives on film and different voices at the network. Here are the upcoming Friday Night Spotlights:
Illeana Douglas- Second Chance Films (this one has come and gone, but it was wonderful) She selected a lot of great movies and was also on twitter discussing the movies with #TCMParty and fans. I have them all recorded on my DVR and need to find the time to watch them.
Bill Hader- In October he'll be doing Friday night Horror nights. I keep missing him on Essentials Jr. but I do enjoy him immensely and love that he's a part of the TCM family.
Eddie Mueller- His spotlight will focus on Noir Writers, I believe this is the spotlight they're doing this month and I've dutifully recorded all the films from the last 2 weeks.
Then in my notes I wrote down David Edelstein....but I didn't write down the theme of his Friday Night Spotlight, so we'll all have to stay tuned for that :)
They then opened the panel up for questions from the audience. Some of them were interesting, while others were cripplingly embarrassing. One woman asked if they could make it clear in the Now Playing guide that a film will have closed captions so she won't miss the dialogue when she leaves the room to go to the bathroom or make a snack. Other questions did result in hearing some interesting info, for example when asked about using a Digital copy or a film print for festival screenings they will always chose the one that is better quality, but recently they have been under more pressure to go with the digital restorations over film prints. Someone also asked why 'The Exorcist' was pulled from the line-up, it was insinuated that William Friedkin had a lot to do with that, he was unhappy with the print they were going to screen, so instead of fighting with him they opted for 'Three Days of the Condor' instead. There also a few questions about planning themes and what makes a classic a classic. The panel stated a number of times that there isn't a cut-off date for a classic film and they often try to work within a theme or with a particular actor in mind.
They included James Karen, Norman Lloyd! and Michael Badalucco. They also presented the winning team with their prizes. I tried to get a picture of Michael Badalucco as well, but they all came out very blurry, he's a man after my own heart gesturing like wild. Here are some of my pics, Norman Lloyd was so very confused, but was definitely a good sport. Always nice to see him at these events.
I'm the one sitting on the edge of the pool thingy about midway back, in the very colorful dress with the black sweater, I can't believe my mom found me in that picture, but that's how moms are sometimes. After hanging out for a couple of hours we decided to take the shuttle back to TCM headquarters. We ended up in a shuttle with TCM's Tom Brown! which was a nice surprise.
So that does it for the day one update, it was a lengthy one, I know, but it was such a great day and such a wonderful experience I'll try to update about day two sometime in the near future and I'd love to be able to update about the 2012 fest, sometime soon! Thanks my faithful readers :)