My Week in the Hamptons

My Week in the Hamptons

Megan is in the Hamptons working and learning first-hand the ins, outs and many moving parts of and International Film Festival

Today, Michelle asked her about what’s been happening.

Megan:

I saw an excellent documentary yesterday called Score about music composing for film.  Sounds uninteresting, but fascinating.

Michelle:

Sounds boring, but I trust your judgement.

Megan:

I thought it sounded boring too, but it was the only thing playing in the free time I had.  I actually burst into tears at one point because the music swelled at just the right time, proving the point of their film–the importance of the score.  It was interesting to see the genius behind the people who do it. Such a different brain. They understand music like a native tongue.

Michelle:

Have you met Alec (Baldwin), yet?

Megan:

Still not met him. Been in the same room with him many times.

I exchanged pleasantries with Candace Bergen yesterday and met Mariska Hargity.  I know her from SVU of course and she is so serious there. In real life she is warm with a big gracious smile. Anne’s (Anne Chaisson, executive director HIFF) mom, aunt, sister and niece are up from Louisiana for the festival and she gave them all a group hug. Very cute.  Anne’s niece (17) was thrilled!

Megan Park:

I was on Holly Hunter duty. She’s very intense.  Her film, Strange Weather, showed here. I spent a lot of time with the director of that film Katherine Dieckmann,—a woman from NYC who also teaches at Columbia.

Michelle:

I can’t believe you got paid for this!

Megan:

I’ve been on my feet from 8:30 am until at least 11 pm.

Dinner consists of 2 mini crab cakes and a cheese cube.

Edward Norton was awarded last night. Met him too.

Did you know he started CrowdRise?

Michelle:

Was he a sweet heart?  What is CrowdRise?

Megan:

He was sweet and very smart/intellectual.

CrowdRise is a crowd funding site for good causes so you could go there now and start a fund for hurricane victims in Haiti.

Michelle:

How very very cool.

Are all the participants ignoring the election and focusing on their work and the festival or does it dominate conversations?

Megan:

God no! The election is all anyone is talking about.

I’ve talked more politics in the past 2 weeks with complete strangers than I have in the past 2 years with friends in Cincinnati.

The awards show was last night and it ended by 8:45 so they could turn the debate on.

It is a very surreal experience to watch Trump in the same room with Alec Baldwin.

Michelle:

Because he’s a person but also STUDYING.

Megan:

Yes!

He even went up to the mic and did his Trump impersonation!

Michelle:

I’M DYING

Megan:

They projected the debate on the wall.

I was sitting next to David Edelstein.

Judith Giuliani (who is on the board) left.

Michelle:

Rudy’s wife?

Megan:

Yes.

Michelle:

 What’s up for today?

Megan Park:

I’m off duty. I’m going to movies.



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