First day of fun times at the 2015 TCM Classic Film Festival.
The TCM Classic Film Festival was a delightful series of slightly unreal and enriching movie experiences that could have gone on a few more days, and an event I can’t recommend highly enough. Every penny and effort it takes you to get there is not only worth it but is rewarded many times over in every way. As a first timer I feel like I spent the whole four days in a wide eyed, bewildered, barely functional goofy daze most of the time (sorry, everyone I met), and little wonder with all the options, choices and things that happened to me–and I loved every minute of it.
Laura was my midnight welcoming committee when I arrived (we were at the same hotel), so nice of her and great way to finally meet! The next morning I was lucky Karen was a) staying right across the street and b) a super early bird like myself so we had our first meeting after 11 years of knowing each other! Wonderful start to the fest, getting together with such longtime friends. Thursday morning Laura and Casey & I went for a walk around the neighbourhood (helped give me my bearings, thanks ladies) which started with a trek through Hollywood & Highland to Grauman’s Chinese Theater. The famous foot/handprint area was closed off for that night’s red carpet preparations but I managed to snap a few pix. You wouldn’t believe the teeny tiny shoeprints left by ladies like Joan Blondell.
Picked up my pass and swag bag at the Hollywood Roosevelt hotel.
I ran into Karen again (we had pretty different movie schedules so we never seemed to have enough time to chat!).
Great time for a photo op with Laura, who would turn out to be at the same movies, which was so much fun and no surprise to me since we have almost identical tastes (except for horror and there was to be no going Psycho 🙂 ). Can’t say enough how great it was to see these ladies in person after all these years.
Next a visit to Larry Edmunds bookshop, a great place packed to the brim with movie books, lobby cards, etc, and I bought enough heavy volumes to test the limits of the luggage allowances and suitcase stitching on the trip back home (my overstuffed purse completely ripped and fell apart when I got off the plane in Toronto).
During the walk around I got my first looks at the El Capitan and The Egyptian theatres where I’d return for screenings. Noir fans, here’s a pic of the First Baptist Church you can spot in Gun Crazy, and to the left Laura pointed out Miceli’s restaurant seen in Nightfall (in my pic Miceli’s is hidden behind that truck, Stephen got a better pic showing Miceli’s a few days later, here).
Time for lunch and another first for me was trying In-N-Out burger, great and lived up to the reputation. While there we enjoyed the company of Kendra Bean, film historian and author of Vivien Leigh: An Intimate Portrait.
After lunch, went back into the Hollywood Roosevelt hotel to see the Meet TCM panel (and later the Trivia contest), held in the Blossom room and Club TCM central. What a thrill to stand in the room where the first Oscars were held.
Ben Mankiewicz, TCM GM Jennifer Dorian and programming chief Charlie Tabesh answering viewer questions
The movies and events are great and I’ll get to those in the next posts, but this intro is mainly about what I found to be the best part of TCMFF– meeting all the people. Here’s longtime friend Stephen, aka Classic Movie Man. Such a joy to talk with and attend all the screenings that we did!
Just as delightful was meeting people I only knew from twitter and blogs and there were more of those than I’ll ever be able to name, but here’s a great example:
— classicmovieblg (@classicmovieblg) March 26, 2015
Wonderful ladies it was a pleasure to meet: bloggers Kendahl of A Classic Movie Blog, Casey of Noir Girl, Jessica of Comet over Hollywood and Raquel of Out of the Past (who put together great recap posts while there).
Fantastic first day and haven’t even got to the movies yet. Next up, The Sound of Music.