Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Find the Falcon at TCMFF

Placed in front of last year's badge for scacle,
the dingus stands just under 3" tall
Once again, my 16-year-old daughter Jasmine and I will be Social Media Producers at the TCM Classic Film Festival (TCMFF). The big news this year is that we will be playing a game at the Festival, Find the Falcon. We've had miniature replicas of the Maltese Falcon made and will be hiding them at various locations at TCMFF. Your job, if you choose to accept it is, Find the Falcon.

What do you get if you find one? Well, you get the bird. They are really cool and can be used as key chains. Best part is you get to keep them as a souvenir. Also, if you find one and bring it to the Info Desk at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, TCM is having special ribbons made, so you can make all of your TCMFF friends jealous.

A total of 15 Falcons are ready, and each day a certain number will be hidden: 

  • Thursday – 3
  • Friday – 4
  • Saturday – 5
  • Sunday – 3

Now, hide is a bit of a misnomer. The Falcons are relatively small, just under 3 inches tall. Unless you have eyes like an eagle, you wouldn’t notice one from across the room. The guidelines for how the Falcons will be “hidden” are:
  • All Falcons will be placed somewhere in plain sight, not behind a curtain or under a table etc. We don’t want to have people crawling around on the floor, moving furniture, or that sort of thing.
  • All Falcons will be hidden inside one of the official TCMFF venues, not in Starbucks or on Hollywood Blvd.
  • Falcons will not be hidden inside theater auditoriums where people looking might disturb fellow Festival goers trying to enjoy the presentation.
  • Each Falcon will have a label explaining what they are and how to go about getting the ribbon.
Beyond that, Jasmine and I will both be on Social Media as time warrants. I know I will be on Twitter whenever I get a break, and Jasmine kind of lives on Tumblr. If you use the #TCMFF or #TCMFFSP hashtags, there’s a good chance we’ll see it.

Also, Jasmine has a way of summing up classic films with reviews that run the gamut from snarky to heartfelt to downright insightful. Best of all they’re short enough to tweet, so we’ll be tweeting her reviews with a #TCMFF16YO hashtag. Some of Jasmine's twitter reviews from last year’s TCMFF are:
  • Rebel Without a Cause – Let's get one thing straight I'm not crying, I'm sweating from my eyes
  • My Man Godfrey – Can Godfrey be my spirit animal
  • Marriage Italian Style – Note to self, fake death to get a husband
  • On Her Majesty's Secret Service – Don't eat the pink snow #ImSorry
    [If you haven't seen
    On Her Majesty's Secret Service lately, one of Blofeld's henchmen has a rather unfortunate altercation with a snow blower.]

Finally, Jasmine and I will be doing our video blog Reverse Angle again this year. These will be video interviews with festival attendees to try to replicate the kind of conversations you have with fellow film fans throughout TCMFF. One of the things that worked well last year that we will do again this year is we’ll be asking offbeat classic film related questions, such as who would win in a drinking contest, Nick Charles or Auntie Mame? The responses we got last year were great. A playlist of the Reverse Angle videos we did last year is located here.

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