Guess who’s coming to Doha?!

It’s 9 days until the Doha Tribeca Film Festival and I know a secret about who’s coming.

I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking that now that John Cusack and I are friends he’s decided to drop everything and make a trip over to spend some quality time with the little travelers and the beagle. Can’t you just see John and I doing the school run together?

Although, he may consider Qatar, when he sees what’s happening in Doha this month, (and by the way John, we have a spare room and I can move the lego set and the dollhouse at a moments notice) but no, that’s not who I’m talking about.

So, who let me in on the secret?

It came from the Executive Director of the Doha Film Institute, the incredibly gorgeous Amanda Palmer.  Amanda’s energy and drive is completely infectious as is her somewhat Kylie Minogue accent (she’s half Aussie, half Brit). I had the chance to meet Amanda, and some of her posse (these girls are impressive) at the Doha Cultural Village this weekend. In the excitement of her latest HUGE actor/producer/director/humanitarian guest confirmation, she let it slip. Then she told me I couldn’t tell anyone until at least Tuesday. You could try and bribe me though, I’m completely open to all offers of free food, technology and beagle training.

Naturally the usual Tribeca suspects will be in town, Robert DeNiro (we’ll probably become good friends) will be here again, along with some of the participants of the 50 movies shown over the Festival, as I said,  it’s going to be big, but as those who live and have visited Doha know, everything in Doha is big. Just take a look at the new outdoor theatre.

It’s time to get to Doha. If your thinking of coming along, can you give me a heads up? I’ll just need to check with John if he needs the spare room.

P.S. If you’d like to take a guess at who the mystery VIP is, just throw your guess in the comments box and I’ll see if I can get some DTFF tickets to you.

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  • http://www.dohafilminstitute.com/ Maggie

    Kirsty,

    It was so nice to meet you at the event yesterday. Here is a sneak peek of some of the events that are going on sale at our box offices at City Center, Villagio and Landmark Tuesday… We also have a Panels Pass on sale now that gets you in to ANY of these events, without having to wait in line for a ticket, for only 100 QR. You are the first to have this info – not even on our web site yet. Thanks for your energy and enthusiasm. Please spread the word!

    PS—If you email pinnes@dohafilminstitute.com and mention this blog I’ll leave 2 free tickets per name for any of the below events! 🙂

    The Art of Collaboration: Mira Nair’s Maisha Film Lab
    Wednesday, October 27, 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., The Meeting Hall
    Director Mira Nair’s Uganda-based Maisha Lab teaches East Africans the art of filmmaking. We’ll screen the short film that won best screenplay at the Maisha workshop, Niam Etany’s “super, full,” among others, and informally engage with filmmakers about work and process. *ticketed event

    Do you Speak Comedy? Humour Crossing Borders
    Thursday, October 28, 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., The Meeting Hall
    This panel, including creators and performers behind the comedies in the year’s DTFF film lineup, will discuss how the power of comedy is wielded in the name of social satire and political subversiveness.
    *ticketed event

    Emerging Actors, Emerging Stars
    Thursday, October 28, 2 p.m. – 3:15 p.m., The Meeting Hall
    We discuss how to develop Arab talent and show auditions for a feature in the region in January by acclaimed French director Jean-Jacques Annaud: two actors will learn they have landed the role!
    *ticketed event

    Going Viral: Guerilla Marketing in a Digital World
    Friday, October 29, 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., The Meeting Hall
    This panel analyses the year’s most creative viral-marketing tactics by looking at the horror hit “Paranormal Activity,” Banksy’s satirical documentary “Exit through the Gift Shop,” and Ali F. Mostafa’s “City of Life.” *ticketed event

    Nitin Sawhney: Conversation with the Composer
    Saturday, October 30, 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., The Meeting Hall
    Ultra-versatile, hugely acclaimed, British-Indian musician-composer Nitin Sawhney – accompanied by tabla artist and frequent collaborator Aref Durvesh – will discuss his creative process, followed by a lively Q&A.
    *ticketed event

    “Little Fockers”: Development and Evolution of the Meet the Parents Franchise
    Saturday, October 30, 4 p.m. – 4:45 p.m., The Meeting Hall
    Leading Hollywood film producer Jane Rosenthal and the legendary Robert De Niro discuss this high-grossing comedy franchise. Be amongst the first to enjoy some hilarious moments from the upcoming “Little Fockers.”
    *ticketed event

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    Brad?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01020411405062505612 xtian

    How I wish it is Angelina Jolie!

    xtian001@gmail.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01020411405062505612 xtian

    How I wish it is Angelina Jolie!

    xtian001@gmail.com

  • http://www.dohafilminstitute.com/ Maggie

    Kirsty,

    It was so nice to meet you at the event yesterday. Here is a sneak peek of some of the events that are going on sale at our box offices at City Center, Villagio and Landmark Tuesday… We also have a Panels Pass on sale now that gets you in to ANY of these events, without having to wait in line for a ticket, for only 100 QR. You are the first to have this info – not even on our web site yet. Thanks for your energy and enthusiasm. Please spread the word!

    PS—If you email pinnes@dohafilminstitute.com and mention this blog I’ll leave 2 free tickets per name for any of the below events! 🙂

    The Art of Collaboration: Mira Nair’s Maisha Film Lab
    Wednesday, October 27, 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., The Meeting Hall
    Director Mira Nair’s Uganda-based Maisha Lab teaches East Africans the art of filmmaking. We’ll screen the short film that won best screenplay at the Maisha workshop, Niam Etany’s “super, full,” among others, and informally engage with filmmakers about work and process. *ticketed event

    Do you Speak Comedy? Humour Crossing Borders
    Thursday, October 28, 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., The Meeting Hall
    This panel, including creators and performers behind the comedies in the year’s DTFF film lineup, will discuss how the power of comedy is wielded in the name of social satire and political subversiveness.
    *ticketed event

    Emerging Actors, Emerging Stars
    Thursday, October 28, 2 p.m. – 3:15 p.m., The Meeting Hall
    We discuss how to develop Arab talent and show auditions for a feature in the region in January by acclaimed French director Jean-Jacques Annaud: two actors will learn they have landed the role!
    *ticketed event

    Going Viral: Guerilla Marketing in a Digital World
    Friday, October 29, 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., The Meeting Hall
    This panel analyses the year’s most creative viral-marketing tactics by looking at the horror hit “Paranormal Activity,” Banksy’s satirical documentary “Exit through the Gift Shop,” and Ali F. Mostafa’s “City of Life.” *ticketed event

    Nitin Sawhney: Conversation with the Composer
    Saturday, October 30, 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., The Meeting Hall
    Ultra-versatile, hugely acclaimed, British-Indian musician-composer Nitin Sawhney – accompanied by tabla artist and frequent collaborator Aref Durvesh – will discuss his creative process, followed by a lively Q&A.
    *ticketed event

    “Little Fockers”: Development and Evolution of the Meet the Parents Franchise
    Saturday, October 30, 4 p.m. – 4:45 p.m., The Meeting Hall
    Leading Hollywood film producer Jane Rosenthal and the legendary Robert De Niro discuss this high-grossing comedy franchise. Be amongst the first to enjoy some hilarious moments from the upcoming “Little Fockers.”
    *ticketed event