Our very own Reesa Cruz-Hawkins hit the town last night for the 2010 Dallas International Film Festival Press Meet and Greet Party. She shot some photos, ate free Mexican food, and had a bit to drink while mixing it up with the Dallas film elite. Sounds like a good time. I, on the other hand, can go to practically nothing because of scheduling conflicts. Oh well, you win some, you lose more. After the jump, you can read her scene report and check out some photos of the event.
The Filmmaker Lounge is on the 9th floor of the Palomar Hotel right across busy Mockingbird Lane from the Angelika Theater. It is nicely decorated with comfy seats, artsy fixtures, and framed vintage movie posters. There's a game room with a pool table, a bar serving Stoli Vodka and Stella Beer, and Mattitos had a buffet of Mexican finger food. The Press Party was supposed to start at 8PM. We (Wes from Pop Syndicate and myself) thought we were fashionably on time, but the place was already packed. We were given fresh-from-the-press festival books that still smelled of ink with our credentials and information sheets and then were let loose to go enjoy the festivities. Suddenly, the lights went out. Good thing the space had huge windows. We were eating mystery food from the buffet. It was also amazingly loud in there and hard to actually talk to people who were also hard to see. They eventually brought the lights back on slowly in sections, but by then it was also pretty hot.
As we were leaving, Chairman of the Board of the Dallas Film Society Michael Caine came in with actor Bill Paxton. We left shortly afterwards to get some air. The Filmmaker Lounge is open to press, filmmakers, and Star & Lounge pass holders during the festival. (Article and photos by Reesa Cruz-Hawkins of Dallas Movie Screenings)