And as with many a storied film fest these days, there were also notable contributions by those from the commercial production realm.
Epoch Films reprised its role as movie producers after the Phil Morrison-directed Junebug, this time with director Matt Aselton, who premiered his first feature, the comedy Gigantic, starring Paul Dano, Zooey Deschanel and John Goodman. Moving from green to music, An Inconvenient Truth director Davis Guggenheim, repped by Bob Industries, and producer Lesley Chilcott (who also happens to be our green columnist, see p. 10) brought together rock legends Jimmy Page, The Edge and Jack White in an intimate search for what makes the guitar so captivating for their latest documentary, It Might Get Loud. Harvest Films' Adria Petty screened her own doc, Paris, Not France, which takes a sober look at the person behind the celebrity of Paris Hilton.
On the shorts front, Canadian Tim Hamilton (Truth in Advertising) of Avion Films, directed Catsitter, a comedy about a man who is forced to face his issues on a romantic getaway.
Guy Ritchie, repped by Anonymous Content, revisited the fast-talking London gangsters that made him famous with RocknRolla, featuring a laundry list of name recognition including Gerard Butler, Tom Wilkinson, Thandie Newton, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges and Jeremy Piven.
And of course, there's the Coen Brothers' return from old men and bad hair killer country to quirky crime comedy in Burn After Reading, currently in wide release, starring Brad Pitt, John Malkovich, Frances McDormand, George Clooney, Tilda Swinton and more.