On Friday, April 20, actors, directors and fans gathered to celebrate the Tribeca Film Festival film shorts offerings, with the annual official Film Shorts Party, sponsored by Bombay Sapphire. Not simply a sponsored party with booze, the soiree took place at Chelsea’s Cedar Lake dance/event space, transformed for the week into the Bombay Sapphire House of Imagination, a visual and auditory multi-media experience which will playing host to events throughout the TFF.
Approximately 70 short films from dozens of countries are being showcased during the festival, including the funny “The Procession” with Lily Tomlin and “Modern Family’s” Jesse Tyler Ferguson, the touching “All That Way for Love,” and not one, but two shorts from director Neil Labute. Many of those involved in the festival were on hand to celebrate, including “Seinfeld” alum Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Picture Paris”), Olivia Wilde and “Procession’s” director Robert Festinger.
The event wasn’t all back-patting and celeb-spotting however. Bombay Sapphire launched its new “House of Imagination” concept. With the interior of Cedar Lake given a trance-like makeover, guests sipped original cocktails and noshed on small bites from Lower East Side British-inspired The Fat Radish. The space was broken into three distinct experiences:
The Supper Club: A dining spot on entry, decorated with tea lights, table lamps and projection screens showing text from some of the screened films. Guests found a selection of Fat Radish small plate menu items here, including Welsh Rarebit, salmon cucumber and dill, and beef sliders with McClure’s pickles.
Gin Palace: A recreation of a Victorian london gin palace, complete with dark wood walls, dramatic low lighting, and etched mirrors. In the 19th century, gin palaces were both popular social centers and erotically mysterious dens of iniquity. Here, partygoers found original signature cocktails and more Fat Radish nomnoms.
Imaginarium: A bench-lined space with a dozen headphones, this cocktail den opened up later in the evening, allowing guests to sip cocktails while watching silent images on the ceiling, and listening to unusual music.
This was the second TFF event of the 2012 festival hosted by Bombay Sapphire at the House of Imagination. The space also played host for the afterparty of the film “Your Sister’s Sister,” which premiered April 19. A third invite-only event is scheduled for Thursday. If you weren’t able to attend the party, Bombay’s been kind enough to provide recipes for the drinks served. We’ve selected our favorites. Mix a few up, head to the sofa, and catch the Tribeca Film Festival on-demand films on Time Warner Cable:
The World’s Most Imaginative Gin & Tonic
- 1 1/2 oz Bombay Sapphire
- 6 Juniper Berries
- 1 Piece Cassia Bark
- 4 Small Pieces of Lemon Peel
- 1 Mint Sprig
- Fever Tree Tonic Water
Build all ingredients (except tonic water) in a large wine glass with three ice cubes. top with 3 oz tonic water and stir slightly
- 1 1/2 oz Bombay Sapphire East
- 3/4 oz Martini Bianco Vermouth
- 1 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
- 1/2 oz Simple Syrup
Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake briefly. Strain into a highball glass filled with fresh ice. Add 1 oz Tonic water, garnish with a thin cucumber slice and add a few dashes of Angostura or lemon bitters.
Lavender Bees Knees
- 1 1/2 oz Bombay Sapphire
- 3/4 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
- 1/2 oz Lavender-Infused Honey Syrup
- 1 Egg White
Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Shake “dry” (without ice) vigorously. Add ice and continue to shake well. Strain into a Rocks glass with one large ice cube. Garnish with lavender sprig.
For more images from the event, you can visit TribecaFilm.com
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FTC Disclaimer: The author sometimes receives product samples for review, which carry no cash value and cannot be re-sold, and sometimes attends press events such as lunches or cocktail parties, designed to promote a given product. The author is not paid by any alcohol manufacturer, retailer or distributor, or provided compensation apart from revenue from an assigning publishing company for editorial publication. Opinions are the author’s own. By the way, you should be 21 or older to read this page. Author received an invite to the party, but no other comps for this article. He didn’t even get to meet Olivia Wilde, darnit!