Cinephiles from Savannah and beyond came out to support theSavannah Film Festival in November. This is the first year I managed to snag a pass, and believe me, I made the most of it. 19 films in 8 days, thank you very much. Films began at 9 in the morning and often didn't get out until 10:30 in the evening. Talk about exhaustion. Unfortunately, this schedule is probably what led me to come down with bronchitis. Which lasted a whopping four weeks. But it was all worth it! See for yourself, via me (@HissAndTell) on Twitter, in 140 characters or less.
Happy Halloween! 84 degree day and day 1 of the Savannah Film Festival. Pre and post film parties with a little Woody Harrelson in between. 7:01 AM Oct 31st First celeb spotted at the Savannah Film Festival: Alan Cumming. Love him! 6:10 PM Oct 31st Highlights: Woody Harrelson (fetching, despite being high as all get out), sliders and a candy bar a la Dylan's at the after party. 12:36 AM Nov 1st Last night a guy asked me if anyone has told me that I look like Amy Adams. My response: "I was trying for Isla Fisher." 11:03 AM Nov 1st I'm forgoing the daytime Sav Film Fest events and instead going to see MJ's This Is It with S. But tonight it's all abt The Young Victoria. 12:18 PM Nov 1st Never thought I'd say this, but two days in a row of movie popcorn and I'm repulsed by the thought of consuming another kernel. 5:25 PM Nov 1st Young Victoria was superb and tonights after party far surpassed last nights, despite just beer and wine. More intimate, better appetizers.10:27 PM Nov 1st Spotted Adam Duritz from Counting Crows leaving The Marshall House. Probably Emmy Rossun was with him, too distracted by his hair to notice.10:37 PM Nov 1st Today: Valentino, Mercy, The City of Your Final Destination, Dare. These survival tips just might come in handy http://tinyurl.com/yc6fvjg.7:58 AM Nov 2nd Saw the film Valentino today at the Savannah Film Festival. Brilliant, of course. Would we expect less? The pugs, the tan, the couture!12:36 AM Nov 3rd Andre Leon Talley and the director were at the q+a after the Valentino film. Beyond, that's the only word to describe ALT.12:40 AM Nov 3rd ALT said he thinks of himself as a steward of fashion. 12:41 AM Nov 3rd Then to Mercy. Couldn't get enough of the adorable Scott Caan, on screen and off. The film was superb. Loved every bit of it.12:46 AM Nov 3rd At The City of Your Final Destination as everyone began to clap for the director, I spied Hugh Dancy and Claire Danes seated behind me.12:51 AM Nov 3rd Adored James Ivory's most recent project, despite the t shirts. Who needs a period film when he's given you Charlotte Gainsbourg?12:57 AM Nov 3rd Up to five films a day. 9:30am-11:30pm. Barely time in between for a meal, let alone a disco nap. Oh Savannah Film Festival, you exhaust me.5:32 PM Nov 3rd Yesterday, after Handsome Harry (touching), ran over to the Lucas to hear Hugh Dancy speak at the q+a after Adam (which I'd seen already).8:29 AM Nov 4th Dancy was charming, adorable, witty, smart, and well spoken. Saw him later yesterday evening when he was honored. Could eat him up!8:33 AM Nov 4th Purse was searched by feds before Men Who Stare At Goats (not my cup of tea). Plus, the agents were distracting, strolling the aisles.8:38 AM Nov 4th The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond last night was brilliant. Based on a Tennessee Williams screen play written 50 yrs ago. Set in 1920's South.8:47 AM Nov 4th Day 5 of the Savannah Film Festival and my boycott of popcorn, begun on day 2, is still going strong.5:51 PM Nov 4thHad high hopes that Drew Barrymore would put in an appearance at the q+a after the gem that is Grey Gardens.6:07 PM Nov 4th No such luck though. Despite the fact that Drew is in town with her beau who is filming The Conspirator.6:55 PM Nov 4th Just discovered the brilliance of chocolate coke. Very Midwestern, apparently. With friends who insisted we hitLeopold's before the film.10:53 PM Nov 4th Saw Whatever Works yesterday, Woody Allen at his finest. Heard Patricia Clarkson speak, who knew she's a southern belle from New Orleans.8:42 AM Nov5thBroken Embraces last night was captivating. Finally a foreign film!8:43 AM Nov 5th Dear Lemon Lima will be the first film of the Savannah Film Festival that I'm waking up at 7am for. Not a fan of late nights early mornings.8:46 AM Nov 5th Saw Dear Lemon Lima this am. How could you not love a film w/ a title like that? Then bailed on the rest of the daytime film fest events.5:06 PM Nov 5th Fell off the wagon last night. Bought a bag of popcorn in between Up in the Air (best thing abt it was Jason Bateman) and Telstar.6:23 PM Nov 6th Late nights are becomimg routine. This is the first evening in 7 days that I've been home before 10:30pm.10:16 PM Nov 6th Saw An Education tonight, the costumes, the chignons, the art of the con. Loved it. #savff10:23 PM Nov 6thThen on to the after party at First City Club. Stood right next to the director of Telstar, Nick Moran.10:26 PM Nov 6thLast day of The Savannah Film Festival. Devistating, really. On the agenda: Youth in Revolt and Precious. 8:53 PM Nov 8th19 films in 8 days, now I've come down w/ a wretched cold (that's what no sleep & surviving on candy, coke, & popcorn will do to a gal).2:02 PM Nov 8thSo long Savannah Film Festival, until next year.2:03 PM Nov 8th Best films of the Sav Film Fest (in my opinion): The Young Victoria, Mercy, Loss of a Teardrop Diamond, The City of Your Final Destination,6:38 PM Nov 8thBroken Embraces, An Education, Valentino, Whatever Works & Grey Gardens6:40 PM Nov 8thI refuse to say which were my least favorite films, that just wouldn't be polite. 6:42 PM Nov 8th
My Mom is set to arrive in Savannah next week to spend Christmas. Whenever she comes to visit we like to get on the road and see a bit of the south. This time we've decided to take a jaunt up to Memphis and Nashville, if the weather permits (i.e., no snow). Apparently it does snow in the south. If the weather doesn't permit, it's onto plan B. I discovered these36 Hours city guides that the New York Times writes and I compiled a list of what not to miss in each city based on the articles. Just to be sure these articles were trustworthy, I checked out the 36 Hours in Savannah article, and was impressed with how on point the article actually was. After perusing the articles on Memphis and Nashville, I compiled a list of places to visit, eat at, and stay. In Memphis we're staying at The Peabody, which is apparently all about the ducks. On the agenda while in Memphis:Graceland(obviously), Beale St, the River walk, a visit to Sun Studio ("the birthplace of rock 'n' roll") and a meal at BBQ joint The Pig or Blues City Cafe. Then it's onto Nashville, where we're staying at the The Hermitage Hotel. I've heard the mens bathroom at the hotel is not to be missed ("an art deco affair stunningly crisscrossed in jet black and jade green tile"), apparently women are allowed to sneak a peak if the coast is clear. On the agenda while in Nashville: breakfast at Marché Artisan Foods,Venus & Mars vintage boutique (owned by model Karen Elson), Las Paletas for fresh fruit popsicles, Katy K Designs for Western wear, drinks at The Patterson House, a tour of Belle Meade Plantation, Rock Paper Scissors, a peak into The Grand Ole Opry (no tour for us), dinner at Margot Cafe and Bar or Tayst. If I've left any "not to be missed" items off my list, pleaseadvise.
Once Miley Cyrus and her Last Song cohorts left Tybee in August, the next film crew to roll into town was Robert Redford and his Conspiratorcast in October. A friend and I went to watch the first day of filming, which took place on a square a mere block from my apartment. Who did we spy, but Robert Redford and James McAvoy. Redford certainly shows signs of living a full life. Much of that life likely spent out of doors. From a distance he's still a striking man, up close, less so (he's no Gatsby). Eventually the fervor felt over watching a movie being filmed turned to boredom. One can only take so much of watching someone traipse up and down steps again and again, even if that "someone" is McAvoy.
Despite the fact that filming was taking place on most of the squares surrounding my apartment, the only other scene I managed to watch being filmed was a dying Lincoln being carried out of the "theater". A faux facade had been built on the exterior of an existing building. My friend and I stumbled upon this evening shoot on our way home from dinner. This type of thing would happen a lot. You'd be going about your business, running errands and whatnot, then collide with some extras mulling about snapping pictures of one another in period garb.
Aside from McAvoy, the cast includes: Robin Wright, Justin Long, Alexis Bledel, Kevin Kline, and Evan Rachel Wood. I haven't laid eyes on any of them, except McAvoy. Rumors abound that Justin and Evan could be heard singing karaokeat McDonough's. Drew Barrymore was even spotted in town around Halloween. Wonder what that could mean? It will certainly be bittersweet when filming ends. No more streets and squares blocked off, but also no more impromptu karaoke. So Hollywood, what's next?
A selection of calendars and datebooks for 2010 that I have my eye on.
No. 1 Every year I buy a Graphic Image 6" datebook to keep in my purse along with my matching address book (monogrammed, naturally). In this datebook you'll find both month at a view and week at a view perspectives. Got a date on the Danube or doing some soul searching in Seoul? Find your way with the urban maps in the back. These datebooks are made of quality leather and are the perfect compact size.
No. 2 This year I'm coveting a monogrammed and customized calendar by Dabney Lee to place atop my secretary desk. Each month has a fabulous design on the back so you can frame them after the month has passed. It also comes with a stylish lucite stand.
No. 3 I've already purchased my Kate Spade wall calendar. This caldendar, turns a playful eye toward some of the most mischievous, puzzling words in the English language accompanied by whimsical illustrations by Bella Foster.
No. 4 If I wasn't going preppy this year, I'd snatch up this elegant letterpressed desk calendar from Sugar Paper. Packaged in a black cigar box, this calendar sits on a silver easel. 12 months are letterpressed printed in black ink on a thick paper stock with die cut edges.
No. 5 In years past I've always had a Snow & Graham desk calendar.Each month's design is carried from front to back and is suitable for framing when the year is through. The calendar comes packed in a sturdy jewel case that doubles as a stand.