It’s been an entertaining and fast-paced autumn…while I know it is already December 8th, I feel like it should just only now be Thanksgiving. Because I am mentally on some kind of time delay, I thought I’d relay my adventures of the past 8 weeks. Since my last post I have gotten some good travel under my belt. In mid-October I ventured to Honolulu for the 31st Annual Hawaii International Film Festival; it was a quick jaunt of just 4 days and I saw some agreeable films, but the highlights had nothing to do with movies. The good times included a sunrise run to Diamond Head, two unforgettable breakfasts at Eggs ‘n Things and Rainbow Drive-thru, an outrageously fun all-day convertible dune buggy excursion to the North Shore and partying late into the night with my NC kin-folk Kenneth Price and 9th Wonder at Nextdoor in Honolulu’s Chinatown.
On the heels of my return, I had to actualize RiverRun’s Fall Film Premiere event – Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey, which was held on November 9th in downtown Winston-Salem to great success. There were over 650 attendees and all were enormously inspired by this poignant documentary. If you have the opportunity to see it, please do, it really is one of the most moving, feel-good films out there right now.
In mid-November I headed to the 17th Annual Cucalorus Film Festival. It is undoubtedly one of the more eccentric and whimsical film festivals in the US that takes place in downtown Wilmington, NC. I saw an eclectic mix of feature length and short films, including We Need to Talk About Kevin (gut-wrenching to say the least), I’m Coming Over (a charming short produced by Lauren Ambrose) and Stuck in the Groove (an exceedingly mesmerizing music-oriented short film). There was a midnight breakfast at the Soap Box, tours of Blue Velvet locations and raucous late-night outdoor parties behind Jengo’s. One of the highlights was meeting some of the Freakers posse, they’re a delightfully rambunctious group of entrepreneurs based inWilmington that craft cool beer and wine bottle cozies.
December started off with a wallop when I headed to NYC for a quick visit. It was gorgeous weather and Christmas was in the air with window décor and people shopping up a storm. I had a wonderful time hanging out with my old gang and ended up spending a substantial amount of time in Gramercy, which was so pleasing and is now one of my favourite parts of the city.
As I catch my breath and the year winds down, I want to extend holiday cheer and warm wishes to you all…happy holidays! I sense that 2012 is going to be an extraordinary year and I look forward to sharing it with you.