Since moving home to Toronto I’ve been able to make it to TIFF every year for various things. One year my dad got some passes from work to the closing film. One year we ended up in the party at Ultra for the opening film. One year a friend had a film in the festival. Last year we saw a random Korean movie where the person next to me kept meowing… anyway, you get the point.
This year I was feeling overwhelmed and lazy. Got an email from one of my girlies about picking up tickets – but when she went to order them they were already sold out. So decided to just let things be.
But lo and behold I’ve seen more films this year than ever before thanks to my friend Adam.
On Friday he emailed inviting me to rush a press/industry screening of the Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus at 9AM Saturday. So I enforced a mandatory ETB and made a Starbucks run for us so that we could get our caffiene fix while waiting outside the varsity at 8:20 AM so we could get seats for the 9AM show. Amazingness. I don’t care what the reviews said – I want to see it again right now.
Sunday I was up in Muskoka after a wedding, and as we got ready to drive home I got a text, again from Adam, letting me know he had found 2 tickets to the Gala screening of Precious on the ground. He couldn’t use them, and wanted to know if I could. Oh baby!
Highlights included having priority seating at the screening for Precious so not having to wait in the huge lines. And getting asked “what group” I was with and having to lie through my teeth. Being in the same room as Oprah is a pretty cool experience – mostly cause the crowds were completely deafening. Paul Patton is so so beautiful. And Mariah Carey has the BIGGEST BOOBS I have ever seen.
And then yesterday at work I got an email asking if I was TIFFed out yet – Adam had scored seats to the Invention of Lying with Ricky Gervais, Jennifer Garner and Rob Lowe (all of who were in attendance!). Really silly fun stuff.
So thanks to my friend Adam, 2009 has been my best year yet!
But boy am I looking forward to an ETB tonight.