This week was filled with panels and parties, once again indicating that as the thermometer increases, so do the parties at least for the beginning of the summer months. On Monday, June 11, the New York Software Industry Association hosted a compelling conversation with Dr. James Hendler, co-author with Tim Berners-Lee of the May 2001 Scientific American article "The Semantic Web.
Two nights later, Thurston Smith, Vittoria Frua and supporters of the film "StartupNYC.com" were a part of the NY International Independent Film and Video Festival awards ceremony at Lot 61. Having won the Best Original Documentary category, there was much celebration and many martinis being served up. I chatted with filmmaker Austin Hill and Getty Images’ avid Editor William W. Gastelum. Karen Benedict, a model with Ford Models 12 + division, is in a new documentary (Curve-film.com) Thurston is working on a film that will premiere before Fashion Week at the Anthology Film Archives. Wednesday night was benefit night with the Montana Mafia Theater Company’s romantic comedy "Next Right." The company designated 100 percent of its ticket sales to @ngelwish.org. @nglewish grants wishes to children living with HIV/AIDS.