After a productive day Friday, it was time to go to the IFP orientation where the main mission was to get my membership card. It was pouring on and off all day, but I managed to avoid the rain until the final few blocks. I got there a tiny bit late, and the door was opened by a man with short white hair and a beard who said, "Do you remember me?" I was trying to think how I knew him as he led me to a conference room. I realized later he works at the IFC Center (at least I THINK this is that guy); we were talking to him about how "Wordplay" would eventually be in the smallest theater (that's true now for one showing, though the others are still in theater 2), and how no one really understands "La Moustache."
I wasn't sure if this orientation would be 3 people or what, but it was a crowded conference room. Two more people came after I did and chairs had to be brought in. The organization has lots of screenings, including Independent Spirit and other award nominees, and I hope to take advantage of that. Most of the presentation was more relevant to filmmakers (I'm just a "Film Fanatic" member), but the discussion of how to make the festival rounds was interesting, having just done that ourselves. Hundreds and hundreds of movies are produced, and so few make it. This experience has really been amazing, when you consider the odds.
At the end of the hour, I apologized for asking a picky personal question, but, uh, where was my card? At that point a few other people revealed they had the same question, and the guy promised he'd take care of it immediately afterward. We waited while he got our info and went to print up the cards. One woman waiting recognized me from "Wordplay"; she's a student of Richard Brown at NYU, and said he wants to invite me to his class (Jon and I went to William Wolf's different NYU class). They saw the movie and Will spoke to them, but there's always room for more (I guess real movie stars are busy). I suggested Jon and Miriam Raphael, too. Later I got an E-mail about this, but their last class coincided with the con, so it didn't happen.
The new cards were ready, and we left. My membership was supposed to expire in June, but I just noticed it now says October (probably to make up for the long delay in receiving the card), so thank you IFP!