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Film festival weekend rundown

The 25th Miami International Film Festival got into gear this weekend, occasionally requiring that I be in two places at once, something that is beyond even my extraordinary talents.

Gordongreen On Saturday I got to talk to David Gordon Green, who attended the festival for the screening of his excellent film Snow Angels. This was Green's first visit to Miami, and he came away from the Friday night screening at the Colony happy with the way the audience responded to his film,

"A lot of people stuck around for the Q&A after the screening, and they seemed to be really thinking about [the film]," he said. "I got a sense of dramatic reaction to the movie, and the humor got across to the crowd, which is important to me.

"But more importantly than that, I heard people talking to each other about it when I was walking down the street. Regardless of what they're saying, the fact that they weren't just like 'Let's go grab a beer and a pizza' when it was over is the most rewarding part to me."

Green also talked a bit about his next film, Pineapple Express, which was written and produced by Judd Apatow (of Knocked Up and Superbad fame) and looks absolutely hilarious. He also revealed he's working on a screenplay for a remake of one of the weirdest - and scariest - horror films of all time, Dario Argento's Suspiria. Green, who also intends to direct the new version, says he wants to make sure the remake doesn't make too much sense, since that would be a betrayal of the original. I could not agree more.

Lisajoshsam Afterwards, I hustled down to the Colony Theatre to catch the premiere of Miami Noir: The Arthur E. Teele Story, which was written and directed by two UM film students, Joshua Miller and Sam Rega (pictured at left with festival publicist extraordinaire Lisa Palley). Here's my story about the screening and the lively panel discussion that followed it.

Miller and Rega will be hosting a seminar at the UM campus at 1:30 p.m. Friday about their experiences making Miami Noir. The festival is also planning to schedule a second showing of the film at the Tower Theater at some point on Friday, but the exact time has not yet been determined.

Demi Moore, who came to town for the U.S. premiere of her film Flawless, adopted an I'm-too-famous-for-you attitude and granted no interviews. But she did participate in a press conference for the film alongside director Michael Radford. I'm not a big fan of press conferences, but I stuck around to take a picture of what it looked like. Demi is leaning to her left, holding her arm out towards festival director Patrick De Bokay.

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I also attended a screening of shorts at the Regal South Beach which included Kate Hudson's directorial debut, Cutlass. Hudson attended alongside pal Marisa Tomei, but they left shortly after the lights went down and did not return.

Finally, on my way to the Regal, I took this photo on Lincoln Road. I am posting it here, even though it has nothing to do with movies, because bulldogs are awesome, and so are the people who own them.

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