My last and final Tijuana dental appointment last Tuesday morning kept me from Monday night’s tribute to Sony Pictures Classics’ Michael Barker and Tom Bernard. They were handed the Spirit of Independence Award from the Los Angeles Film Festival and, as TheWrap‘s Steve Pond wrote two days ago, it’s hard to quibble with that. (32 Academy Awards, 12 Best Foreign Language Film Oscars, etc.) It’s also hard to quibble with the notion that talking about the present and the future is always more interesting than celebrating the past. Had I been there I would have wanted to hear more about SPC’s forthcoming Leviathan, Mr. Turner and Foxcatcher than anything else. I’m presuming, by the way, that all three will screen at the 2014 Telluride and Toronto gatherings. I’m especially keen on seeing Leviathan again.