No Such Nonsense

A little of this, that and... what was I talking about again? It's TV, sports, pop culture and politics - all the stuff that really matters in life.

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Toronto International Film Festival: Creating Friendships, Saving Lives

You just never know how influential you can become.

Lots has been written about how the Toronto International Film Festival has become one the most important fests in the world. But it turns out there is more to TIFF's filmic impact than just predicting the Oscars.

Example 1. TIFF parties save the life of underpants-promoting rap star, future academy award nominee.
In 2001, Mark Wahlberg was scheduled to head from his home in Boston to LA. Instead, some friends (from his Entourage, maybe?) convinced him to hit Toronto and party it up TIFF-style. He did. And so he wasn't on his originally planned Boston-LA flight on the morning of September 11, 2001. That plane, of course, never made it Los Angeles. Which means Wahlberg was spared by a desire to party at Lobby? Eerie.

Example 2. Mr Rodriguez, meet Mr. Tarantino.
I'd heard the Wahlberg story before, but this other tidbit was news to me. As explained in Entertainment Weekly, gory auteurs and best pals Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino actually met on a TIFF panel about movie violence in 1992. Rodriguez was at the festival with El Mariachi; Tarantino brought a little film called Reservoir Dogs. As Tarantino puts it "We were the only two people dressed in black." Just like in high school, fashion choices can create life-long bonds. Here, they forged the start of 15-year friendship and a powerful creative collaboration. But since Rodriguez tends to write parts for Tarantino into his films, maybe this one's got a down side too.


Post a Comment

<< Home