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In the Tonga Tonga Tonga Tonga Tonga Room

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After last night’s premiere screening

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…and Fro Yo

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Abe and I headed out to The Tonga Room with Emily, Alex, Eddie and West.

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There was a Nice Girls Crew after-party with karaoke, but I wanted to save my voice for Crazy Rich Asians (narration recording starts Tuesday).

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This place was equally fun!

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A live band on the weekends + a $7 per person drink charge.

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Didn’t eat any complimentary nuts – not sure if there’s a food menu?

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And every once in a while, it RAINS!!!!

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You get to walk through the gorgeous Fairmont Hotel lobby as well.

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Nice Girls Crew Too

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A lovely pre-screening reception at Daffodil before the Nice Girls Crew Season 2 Premiere…

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…I ate everything in the spread, except the fruit!

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Lots of Bruschetta, Portobello Mushrooms, Crab Cakes…

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…Grilled Veggies, Dips Galore, Chicken/Veggie Skewers.

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Was full (but not stuffed) after four platefuls.

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Cast/crew headed over to the Sundance Kabuki to watch the show. Fun to finally see what we worked on plus meet some fans/supporters…

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…including Jackie with the awesome nails!!!

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Someone brought Michelle red velvet cupcakes; I split it with Abe

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…then followed that with a sweet treat at Moyo’s with Emily.

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Base of fruit – lychee, kiwi, berries, mandarin oranges…

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…topped with Taro Fro Yo.

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We wound up going out for drinks at The Tonga Room afterwards – everyone else got fancy drinks but I stuck to a Diet Coke.

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“Saving Face” Reunion

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Reunited…and it feels so good….

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…haven’t been with ALL of my “Saving Face” family in so long!!! Here we are at Sundance 2005. Notice how we’re sitting in the same positions? (I swear that wasn’t planned.)

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Yes, there is a movie called “Saving Face” that just won an Oscar this past year, about women who are victims of acid attack. The one we made was a little bit different.

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I see Michelle constantly and talk to Alice on a pretty regular basis…

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…but I haven’t had face time with Joan in FOREVER….not since I took her to the flagship WeHo Pinkberry (right before it became a froyo phenomenon) which should give you a sense of how much time has passed.

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We started off with an early evening press conference…

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…followed by the screening/Q&A….

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…it was quite emotional – I actually cried all my eye makeup off! Many of us hadn’t seen the film in years – and agreed this was the first time we could watch it as real audience members, rather than analyzing/scrutinizing our work.

And my God, it truly is an amazing, beautiful movie – I’m not just saying that because I’m biased!!! If you haven’t seen it, you can rent/buy it pretty much anywhere.

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Signed many of these – special postcards the festival made – it’s a line I say in the film, but I’m not sure if that’s my eye?!?

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Overwhelmed with the audience response! SO SORRY we couldn’t stick around and take photos with everyone who was waiting…I still feel horrible. There were dinner plans across the street….

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On the Bridge is a small, funky little Japanese restaurant…

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…with everything you can imagine on the menu (but not sushi).

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Truly a mom-n-pop place. The owner is also the chef (and is adorable) but this isn’t a great place for groups, or if you’re a little rushed (like we were). All our dishes came out at different times, starting with Abe’s Agedashi Tofu, which I sampled…

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…also tried a bite of Joan’s Tofu, Mushroom, and Spinach Rice Gratin…

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…and Alice’s Chicken Katsu with fried egg.

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My own order (Curry over Sauteed Pasta) was enormous!

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Wound up eating pretty much all the tofu/veggie/sauce part…

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…and a bunch of the noodles; though it looks like I barely made a dent in what’s leftover:

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If you’ve seen “Saving Face,” you know just how much food was eaten in the movie – everything from hot dogs and Chinese food to cupcakes and fried chicken. So grubbing with this group brought back a lot of great memories….

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…wish we could do it more often.

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Contraband

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YAWN!!! I need a good stretch like the dude in the window.

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Abe and I walked to Contraband Coffee Bar this morning…

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(Artwork by Adam Cahoon)

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…came here because I read they had Dynamo Donuts, and don’t have time to make a trip to the Mission District

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…but unfortunately, Dynamo is closed on Mondays. However, the cafe did have goodies from Batter Bakery:

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Abe and I split their fig (<—!!!) and walnut scone…

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…plus an Apple Spice Muffin

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My man drank his with coffee (the report = excellent)…

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…I ordered the Camellia Blossoms:

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Kinda obsessed with this steeper, which comes with its own holding tray…

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…and holy &#$@ these nibbles were delicious. They may not look very exciting, but they were pretty much perfect.

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It’s my last full day in the Bay Area – SFIAAFF 2012 has gone by so fast, but it’s been unbelievable. All four of my movies have been packed to the gills (tonight’s is rush line already!) and Nice Girls Crew was such a hit, they added an additional screening. Speaking of which – you MUST check out this INCREDIBLE artwork that Ashley made, inspired by the project! Here’s a sneak peek of my character, Sophie…  

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Positive feedback from people really does mean so much. The outpour of love I get from total strangers continues to shock and surprise me, from the first time I was in NYC picking up Julius‘ poop and a woman stopped to tell me she was a fan. I rarely address it, but I wanted to acknowledge that I do read and appreciate all of the heartfelt messages, gifts, and stories I’ve received over the years. It’s why I make time for these film festivals, because I prefer to connect to people one-on-one and say hello face-to-face.

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And none of this would’ve been possible without my debut movie, Saving Face, over 7 years ago…

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…in a few hours I will be reunited with these ladies (and see the entire film) for the first time since then.

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We start a press conference at 4pm and I don’t anticipate being back at my hotel til late, so I’ve already packed for our early morning flight tomorrow. Anticipating a very long and emotional evening ahead!

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Kickstarters

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Abe and I kickstarted our day off at Farm:Table this morning.

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Too small for a farm, but there’s the communal table – and it takes up pretty much the whole place!

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The menu changes daily – we ordered the quiche to share…

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…and a baked goodie

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Abe loved his cappuccino…

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…and their scone…

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(I felt like it could use more banana and chocolate)

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…but we both flipped out over this quiche – talk about a perfect, flakey crust.

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Also dug this pickled carrot.

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So cool how you can see everything you’re eating! Farm:Table actually has a garden on their rooftop; and they’re trying to build a parklet through Kickstarter.

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After brunch, we walked over to Festival Headquarters to pick up my SWAG bag and get a badge for Abe…

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…when I emerged from the bathroom, the Filmmakers’ Brunch was in full swing!

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Too bad we had just eaten. I did take a few biscotti to go, though…

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…then we stopped by the Present/Future Summit, where there was yet ANOTHER buffet…

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…I really should carry a ziplock bag with me to these kinds of things. Look at those COOKIES!!!!

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The speakers at this presentation are quite impressive, but it’s 3 hours long and I need to get ready for tonight’s screenings (I have two – back to back!)

Left just as they were discussing Kickstarter

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…speaking of which, THANK YOU everyone who helped us raise $10,000 in one week for Yes We’re Open’s post-production costs. I hope to be able to show my appreciation to some of our backers in person at The Castro tonight!

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