I know what you're thinking. You're thinking that now that John Cusack and I are friends he's decided to drop everything and make a trip over to spend some quality time with the little travelers and the beagle. Can't you just see John and I doing the school run together?
Although, he may consider Qatar, when he sees what's happening in Doha this month, (and by the way John, we have a spare room and I can move the lego set and the dollhouse at a moments notice) but no, that's not who I'm talking about.
So, who let me in on the secret?
It came from the Executive Director of the Doha Film Institute, the incredibly gorgeous Amanda Palmer. Amanda's energy and drive is completely infectious as is her somewhat Kylie Minogue accent (she's half Aussie, half Brit). I had the chance to meet Amanda, and some of her posse (these girls are impressive) at the Doha Cultural Village this weekend. In the excitement of her latest HUGE actor/producer/director/humanitarian guest confirmation, she let it slip. Then she told me I couldn't tell anyone until at least Tuesday. You could try and bribe me though, I'm completely open to all offers of free food, technology and beagle training.
Naturally the usual Tribeca suspects will be in town, Robert DeNiro (we'll probably become good friends) will be here again, along with some of the participants of the 50 movies shown over the Festival, as I said, it's going to be big, but as those who live and have visited Doha know, everything in Doha is big. Just take a look at the new outdoor theatre.
It's time to get to Doha. If your thinking of coming along, can you give me a heads up? I'll just need to check with John if he needs the spare room.
P.S. If you'd like to take a guess at who the mystery VIP is, just throw your guess in the comments box and I'll see if I can get some DTFF tickets to you.