“I’m any kind of a film fan — short, long, super long, doesn’t matter,” said Paulina Porizkova, accompanied by her husband, Ric Ocasek, at Tropfest, the world’s largest short film festival, in Sydney, Australia. Things were so relaxed down under that Porizkova, along with Tropfest judges Toni Collette, Rachel Ward and Greta Scaachi, all turned up in the same slip dress.
Launched nine years ago by the actor-filmmaker John Poulson, the event outgrew its namesake venue, the Tropicana Caffe. This year, the Murdoch family — Lachlan and Sarah in particular — bailed the festival out at the last minute by allowing 100,000 filmgoers to crash at the nearby Domain Park with blankets and picnic hampers to watch the 16 finalists’ films.
The winner: Patrick Hughes’ “The Lighter,” an irreverent take on the Olympic torch relay. “It’s my revenge,” laughed Hughes, who had his own version of Olympic fever. “We got so fed up with the blanket TV coverage everyday.”
Back in New York, L.A. artist David Michalek opened “Becky,” his portrait installation at the Kitchen Art Gallery, with some help from his girlfriend, ballerina Wendy Whelan.
“He pretty much built it in my apartment first and then moved it here,” she explained.
On Tuesday night, Sloan-Kettering held its 10th annual “Bunny Hop” at FAO Schwarz, which upped its own fantasyland ante by adding a body-paint station, a cookie decorating table, and costumed floaters from Barbie to Peter Rabbit.
“One year they were short on volunteers, so I dressed as Madeline,” laughed Alexandra Lind, who came as herself this time.
Christie Brinkley and Peter Cook drove all the way from their home in Bridghampton to bring their two children, Jack and Sarah.
“I’ve always been as excited as they have about coming to a toy store that’s closed,” said Brinkley.
For Jennifer Creel’s son, however, the thrill of mini-hamburgers and endless cupcakes was wearing off.
“He’s in a mood,” she shrugged.