'Coffee' fete, Wellspring soiree among those thrown
NEW YORK — The biz atmosphere may be lukewarm, but party scene heated up midweek at the Tribeca Film Festival with about 10 post-preem parties and filmmaker events clashing May 5.Gotham’s indie crowd came out to support local helmer Jim Jarmusch at the “Coffee & Cigarettes” screening and soiree in the heart of Tribeca. Fresh off a U.S. promo tour for his pic, Jarmusch admitted to being “exhausted,” but happy to see some of his cast — including Bill Murray, Steve Buscemi, Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA and the White Stripes’ Meg and Jack White — reunited at the fete. Among the other revelers were Matt Dillon, Eddie Izzard, Aidan Quinn, 2929 Prods.’ Todd Wagner and the pic’s producers, Joana Vicente and Jason Kliot. Across town, a latenight bash for fest pic “Point & Shoot” at Gotham’s Marquee drew an eclectic mix of fashionistas, industryites and others. Director-thesp Shawn Regruto and his co-lead, model Athena Razo, were joined by guests such as “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” helmer Michel Gondry, Lukas Haas and David Blaine. Chelsea Clinton made an appearance at the pic’s screening. The usually low-key Wellspring pulled out the stops for its party at Thom’s Bar. Despite a sudden downpour and the competing festival soirees, party was so packed, guests spilled over into the lobby of the sleek 60 Thompson Hotel. “It’s the beginning of a new era,” said acquisitions exec Marie Therese Guirgis. “We’re celebrating our films and our more ambitious incarnation.” Also on hand: Wellspring prexy-CEO Al Cattabiani and fest director Peter Scarlet.