The first day on the island: a ferry crossing, island sightseeing, two film summit panels, and movie promotion.
The first summit panel, "How Creatives Keep a Pulse on the Business." Left to right: Jessica Kinni, actress and journalist; Victoria Burrows, casting director (Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Castaway, King Kong; Charles Shyer, writer/director/producer (Father of the Bride I & II, Alfie, The Parent Trap); Aleksa Palladino, actress (Boardwalk Empire); Geoff Pilkington, actor (Late Night, The Artist).
The island is abuzz with excitement as filmmakers and moviegoers count down the days until celebrity guest appearances by Nicolas Cage (Leaving Las Vegas, National Treasure, Kick-Ass), William H. Macy (Fargo, Jurassic Park), Andy Garcia (The Godfather Part 3, The Untouchables), Roman Coppola (Moonrise Kingdom, Grand Budapest Hotel), and Emmy Rossum (The Day After Tomorrow, Phantom of the Opera)! Stay tuned for tomorrow's update--insightful film discussions with professionals in the industry, networking with filmmakers and producers, and screenings of Catalina's finest.
RYAN A. HUANG