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Dear 2016 TCMFF attendees and staff

Photo from Raquel at  Out of the Past On April 28, after several flight delays and mini breakdowns, I made my way west to Hollywood. I made the trip alone-only personally knowing two people who would be attending the festival. I've known several of the attendees of the festival for years through social media. We have bonded over our love of classic films, Cary Grant, Buster Keaton, and hard liquor drinks. Many of these people I consider close friends who understand the feelings I have for Beatrice Lillie and Harold Lloyd while every other person in my life asks “who?” Way back in August I agreed to share a room with a girl I've talked to for years. I wasn’t anxious at all about spending five days sharing a room with her and having her show me the ropes of the festival. We planned and often talked about how wonderful it was going to be. A few months before the Festival, two more roommates came on board with us. Two girls, I knew but was admittedly nervous about rooming wi

TCMFF 2016 - The Last Day

Sunday, May 1, 2016 It was the last day of the film festival. I had just seen the excellent Faye Dunaway who was a trip. During the hour-long conversation she never once spoke of Mommie Dearest. I was sad but had heard that it's a bit of a sore subject for her. I won't say much more because the event was taped for a special that will run on TCM sometime next year. After the Dunaway interview, I had time to hit up In ‘N’ Out for a fantastic cheeseburger. It was number one on my list of places to visit while I was there and luckily it was only a few blocks away from the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. It was worth the short walk, and I would recommend it to anyone. It is a must during the festival. After a fantastic greasy meal, I met up with Jessica at Grauman's Egyptian Theater for the last film of the festival for us both. We walked down to the Egyptian and saw Faye Dunaway introduce the film Network. I had never seen this film and knew very little about it, so I was e

TCMFF 2016 Day Four and so long LA

Sunday, May 1, 2016 It was the last day of the film festival. I had just seen the excellent Faye Dunaway who was a trip. During the hour-long conversation she never once spoke of Mommie Dearest. I was sad but had heard that it's a bit of a sore subject for her. I won't say much more because the event was taped for a special that will run on TCM sometime next year. After the Dunaway interview, I had time to hit up In ‘N’ Out for a fantastic cheeseburger. It was number one on my list of places to visit while I was there and luckily it was only a few blocks away from the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. It was worth the short walk, and I would recommend it to anyone. It is a must during the festival. After a fantastic greasy meal, I met up with Jessica at Grauman's Egyptian Theater for the last film of the festival for us both. We walked down to the Egyptian and saw Faye Dunaway introduce the film Network. I had never seen this film and knew very little about it, so I was e

TCMFF 2016 Days Three, Four and Faye!

Saturday, April 30 The midnight movie was a 3D viewing of the newly restored sci-fi flick  Gog . I’ll admit, I nodded my way in and out of consciousness throughout the entire film, so I can’t give you any details except Herbert Marshall, and Richard Egan are in there and it's very campy. I wish I wouldn’t have fallen asleep but I know I’ll end up buying it on DVD. Sunday, May 1. The last day of the festival started off a bit rough for me. I was up early after only three hours of sleep with an upset stomach. I knew I had played it fast and loose with the fast food and now I was paying for it. I had planned to see  M*A*S*H  with Angie but decided a light breakfast may be a better idea. I found a Starbucks with the most beautiful view of the Hollywood sign. I bought a paper and just sat and enjoyed my last day in California. I had quite a few events scheduled, but as I sat enjoying the view and my lemon bread. I decided to cut back on what I had planned and just take it easy

TCMFF 2016 More from Day Three

Saturday, April 30, 2016 I only watched two full feature films all day Saturday. The morning started at the historic Grauman's Egyptian Theatre a block from our apartment. I had planned to see  Field of Dreams  or  One Man’s Journey , but everyone was buzzing about the  90th Anniversary of Vitaphone  presentation. Ron Hutchinson, a widely recognized film historian, founded ‘The Vitaphone Project,” which seeks out missing soundtrack disks and picture elements for early talkie shorts and features. The project has found over 3500 previously lost soundtrack discs and restored over 90 early sound shorts from the twenties and thirties. I love film, and I love history so at the last minute I turned left to head to the Egyptian. I am so glad I did. We were treated to 11 early sound shorts from Warner Bros. They included many vaudeville acts like George Burns and Gracie Allen who was so adorable my heart almost couldn’t take it; Baby Rose Marie and my personal favorite Vitaphone sh

TCMFF 2016 Days Two and Three

The fire alarms had just gone off as we waited to see  Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?  And I was stuck outside on the second story of the theater complex in a crowd of people waiting it out. For a good 20 minutes, I watched people and took in the sights, sounds and smells of Hollywood, most not good. Once we were given the all-clear, we went in to retrieve the drinks we had yet to touch. The bartender made us new drinks and didn’t charge us, but we were due in our seats in a couple of minutes. I took a couple of sips then trashed mine the moment I saw Ken Jenkins by the entrance door. We were being herded into our line, but nobody noticed that it was Ken Jenkins! He was there alone, and nobody was asking him for an autograph. I had to run past him to get my spot, but I smiled and waved at the man who was married to Katharine Houghton. The man also happened to play Dr. Bob Kelso on Scrubs and also happened to play Courtney Cox’s dad on Cougar Town. I had several people ask me who

TCMFF 2016 Day One

I had just gotten kicked out of my shuttle and was wandering down a street in Hollywood when my roommate Angie yelled at me from up the block. I had never been so happy to see someone in my life. She showed me how to get into our apartment and where we would be staying. To get into the apartment, you had to unlock a gate, climb some stairs, use your key fob to use the elevator, turn right, then left, then right again before you hit our door. It was an excursion in itself. I would occupy the left side of the bedroom, Angie, from a suburb of Detroit would take the right side, Kristen from Pasadena took the couch, and Jessica from South Carolina had the bad luck of getting the air mattress with the hole in it. We had a refrigerator filled with canned wine a television that we didn’t turn on once and a place to sleep. We were set for the next four days. After I unloaded my things, Angie showed me where we would be spending most of our time, the TLC Chinese Theaters and down a block an

TCMFF 2016 My first trip to LA and the Festival

Tuesday, April 26, 2016 - Thursday, April 28, 2016. I plan everything to a fault, I just never plan for the ‘what if’s.’ I left work a half an hour early so I could beat the predicted severe weather that was already popping up on the radar. The National Weather Service was calling for a massive outbreak of strong, long-lived tornadoes and that was nothing I wanted to deal with while I was on the road. I booked a hotel room close to the airport for the night so Brian wouldn’t have to drive me to the airport in severe weather at 3:00 a.m. and frankly I wasn’t going to risk missing my flight, so I kissed my guys goodbye and hit the road. Along the way, I watched as the sky turned black to the southwest of me as I drove as fast as I could to beat the storms. I listened to the radio as they discussed the tornado dropping all around me. I arrived at the hotel ready to take a bath, grab dinner and relax. I scheduled a driver to take me to the airport before I left to get dinner. I wa