Monday, May 7, 2018

Red Carpet: 2018 TCM Classic Film Festival Opening Night



Thursday April 26th was the opening night for the 9th annual TCM Classic Film Festival. That evening TCM celebrated the 50th anniversary of The Producers (1968) with director Mel Brooks in attendance. Director Martin Scorsese was also on hand to received the inaugural Robert Osborne Award for excellence in the preservation of classic film heritage.

For the third year in a row, I was on the red carpet at the opening night of TCMFF to take photos and to interview some of the special guests. The red carpet is the most exciting part of the festival. Not only do the evening's honorees walk the carpet but you also see TCM hosts, festival presenters, festival passholders, actors, actresses, directors and a host of other celebrities. And of course, Norman Lloyd. 

I had a blast this year on the carpet. I of course had my moment of Norman Lloyd as I called out to him with words of adoration and air kisses. He stopped for a brief moment to acknowledge me and my fellow Lloyd admirer Nora aka Nitrate Diva. Lloyd is always a highlight of the festival. You can read here all the previous times I've seen him at TCMFF. 

The red carpet has been a test of my social skills and each year I get better and more confident. I went from being an awkward and shy teenager to a thirty something who yells out to celebrities on the red carpet. If you told me years ago that I'd be yelling out to Maxwell Caulfield (Empire Records!) and Tom Everett Scott (That Thing You Do!) in the same evening I wouldn't have believed you.

Below is a collection of photos I took on the red carpet. I also conducted interviews which I'll be posting here and on my YouTube channel. Those video interviews include Alan K. Rode, Ben Model, Wyatt McCrea, Dennis Miller, Leonard Maltin, Bill Morrison, Ruta Lee, Leonard Whiting and Olivia Hussey.


Mel Brooks TCM Classic Film Festival
Director Mel Brooks

Alicia Malone TCM Classic Film Festival
TCM host Alicia Malone

Alan K. Rode TCM Classic Film Festival
Author Alan K. Rode and his wife

Wyatt McCrea TCM Classic Film Festival
Wyatt McCrea

Ben Model TCM Classic Film Festival
Silent film accompanist Ben Model

Jennifer Dorian and Coleman Breland TCM Classic Film Festival
TCM General Manager Jennifer Dorian and TCM President Coleman Breland

The Pigeon Sisters from The Odd Couple: Monica Evans and Carole Shelley

The Pigeon Sisters from The Odd Couple: Monica Evans and Carole Shelley

Melvin van Peebles and Mario van Peebles TCM Classic Film Festival
Mandela, Melvin and Mario van Peebles

Juliet Mills and Maxwell Caulfield TCM Classic Film Festival
Juliet Mills and Maxwell Caulfield

Gillian Armstrong TCM Classic Film Festival
Director Gillian Armstrong and Marya Gates of TCM

Paul Sorvino TCM Classic Film Festival
Paul Sorvino

Norman Lloyd TCM Classic Film Festival
Norman Lloyd

Norman Lloyd TCM Classic Film Festival
More Norman Lloyd because one can never have enough of this living legend.

Ben Mankiewicz TCM Classic Film Festival
TCM Host Ben Mankiewicz


John Martin TCM Classic Film Festival
Turner CEO John Martin

Mark Bridges TCM Classic Film Festival
Costume Designer Mark Bridges (Phantom Thread)

Pola Changnon TCM Classic Film Festival
Pola Changnon


Kate Flannery TCM Classic Film Festival
Kate Flannery

Keith Carradine TCM Classic Film Festival
Keith Carradine

Dennis Miller TCM Classic Film Festival
Dennis Miller


Andrea Savage and Tom Everett Scott TCM Classic Film Festival
Andrea Savage and Tom Everett Scott 


Larry Mirisch TCM Classic Film Festival
Larry Mirisch

Suzanne Lloyd TCM Classic Film Festival
Suzanne Lloyd

Rudy De Luca TCM Classic Film Festival
Rudy De Luca

John Mankiewicz TCM Classic Film Festival
TV writer John Mankiewicz (House of Cards)

Martin Scorsese TCM Classic Film Festival
Martin Scorsese


Lolita Davidovich and Ron Shelton TCM Classic Film Festival
Lolita Davidovich and Ron Shelton

Ruta Lee TCM Classic Film Festival
Actress Ruta Lee







Eva Marie Saint TCM Classic Film Festival
Eva Marie Saint in the background

Rosanna Arquette TCM Classic Film Festival
Rosanna Arquette

Leonard Whiting and Olivia Hussey TCM Classic Film Festival
Leonard Whiting and Olivia Hussey



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