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Making Things.


reluctant to report good news

It seems that I have no problem writing about my rejections, but when it comes to good news, I have trouble putting it on paper.

I guess it's becasue bad news generally feels final, and good news feels quite tentative. In a way, I dont want to jinx myself.

While at lunch with a long lost director friend, he disclosed to me "they are only nice when there is business to be had. be careful."

So the good news is that maybe, the film and me are on the road to being viable.

Because after a correspondance with a well known director that i met on the job, she suggested i speak to a few particular publicists.

Not only do they want to see High Life, but one of them has forwarded my info to the US rep for Cannes.

All I can glean from this activity, is that they think there is enough potential to spend an hour and a half of their lives watching the movie. They are doing their jobs well.

So that is the good news, couched in my anticipation of disappointment. But its good! Because at least now, people are being nice.


he said to me over the phone

The publicist said to me over the phone, something like this:

I watched your film. The story unfolds nicely. The characters are really good. I can see that you can direct. What you've got is a good calling card. It will help you make your next project.

Since you have no names, and no first tier festival premiere, I can't say that I can sell your film. Keep sending it out, see what happens. You never know. If anything big happens, let me know. Dont just apply to first tier festivals. There are some good regional festivals that are known for solid programming; you should apply to those also, so you can make a name of yourself as a director. You never know who is going to see it and love it and do something big with it. But I dont have the power to do that.

He then proceeded to give me the names of the regional festivals I should apply to.

He couched everything so well, and he was enthusiastic and nice. But underneath it all he was saying "no."

This conversation was a good experience, even though he was saying no. Why? Because he wasn't a power wielding asshole. The conversation gave me hope that there are more intelligent, well spoken filmies* to encounter.

* Once on the way to a dinner party, I was dressed up and walking through the cobblestone streets of the west village. A young man decided to walk with me. He told me that his dad is Neil Young, and that his dad uses the word "filmies" to describe movie people. This story is true, but weather or not he is really Neil Young's son, I will never know!




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Call it Democracy

Call it Democracy

This is a documentary directed by Matt Kohn about that controversial american topic - Voting!

I always thought voting was only a controversial topic in third world countries.

"Call it Democracy" premiered at Palm Springs International Film Festival, and will hopefully be coming to a town near you. I saw this movie at a rough cut screening, and it was packed with information every American should know.


bye bye gates

Originally uploaded by low rent princess.

Like every jerk in new york, i took photos of the gates. I will only torture you with one.
I never would have thought that the gates would send a shiver of awe through new york...