It’s funny when a large conversation turns into a quiet hush. The very presence of Spike Lee in front of the Excelsior Hotel did this to the American Pavilion kids. Walter, Lynne, and Armand wrangled him in to talk to us on the terrace of the hotel. We all looked at each other and realized that we had no idea of what to ask of the filmmaker. Though in a rush, he was nice enough to come by our table and meet us, making sure what schools we were from. Unfortunately for Spike, our NYU students were absent from the meeting. I’ll continue this after our screening of Paprika which is in competition. We’re sitting behind the filmmakers.

-Steven Getz, UCSB

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