Film festivals, you guys. What fun. We have a big one coming up that I can announce next week, and I’m way excited. But so far we’ve had an incredible run. Premiere at Brooklyn Film Festival, which has forever set the bar for how much I can cry with joy in public, where we won the audience award, best screenplay and best original score. Then Woods Hole Fest, where I learned that an audience can be drummed up when you know no one, it just takes four hours of thrusting postcards on strangers and an enthusiastic intern rooting for you in the box office. Then Rome International, in Georgia, where Alexis made the front page of the local paper, and we won the audience award and best feature. Then Chesapeake Film Fest, this past weekend, on the same stage I acted on in high school, in the same theater that held my senior prom. I had family and friends do some real traveling to be there and I was SO NERVOUS but it was awesome. We got a great write up in the local paper there, too.
I’ve met some incredible people at these festivals. Some epically smart, driven women, especially. It’s company that makes me want to step up my game in a lot of life arenas. But watching the film and talking about the process with an almost two year remove from physical production is crazy. It feels so insane that it happened at all. The difficult stuff seems very far away. But then I read this and it gets fresh again.
I’m so proud of myself for getting through it. And here’s what I mean by that: if I could get through it, that means it’s possible, which means (should a big art project be your jam), my money is on anyone being able to do it.
Finishing something is 8% talent, 42% luck, and 50% believing that you can in fact finish something. I believe in you.
This September is going to be so awesome, you guys. Alexis and I will be taking the film to Georgia!
We’ll be screening at the Rome International Film Festival on September 5th at 5pm. Just as the Chesapeake Film Festival is a very special place for me, Rome is where Alexis grew up, and the theater is one in which he’s done some community theater himself. We can’t wait to share the film with our family and friends in Georgia.
I am so so so SO happy to say that Movement and Location has been accepted to the Chesapeake Film Festival in Easton, MD!
Our screening will be the weekend of September 20th, and Easton is where I went to high school and where I still have a ton of family and friends. And YOU GUYS the venue is the Avalon Theater, which is my favorite theater in the world. I acted in plays on that stage and twice saw jaw-dropping Martin Sexton concerts there and it’s where senior prom was held and, wow, the first feature I acted in, Riders, had a huge and amazing screening there when I was in college. Oh man. All the feels.
Actually, here’s a picture from that Riders screening. I’m 18 and for some reason my hair is orange. Beside me is Doug Sadler, who wrote and directed Riders and is a wonderful and enormously talented guy.
More info soon as the schedule is finalized and tickets are available. Alexis and I will definitely be there!
“I wish that one day I will be able to have my own little epic adventure in creating art.”
The nicest note I’ve ever gotten came from a 15-year-old girl in Minnesota. So I got in touch and suggested we interview each other over Skype.
Many, many thanks to Josey for being up for this joint interview. I had so much fun.
And don’t forget we have a screening coming up at the Woods Hole Film Festival in Cape Cod! Movement and Location will screen Tuesday, July 29th at 9pm in Woods Hole, MA. If you have family or friends in that area, please let them know!
So excited to announce that our next festival stop is the 23rd Annual Woods Hole Film Festival in gorgeous Cape Cod!
Both Alexis and I will be at the screening, which is Tuesday, July 29th at 9pm.
Last night was the end of the Brooklyn Film Festival, which was an extraordinary experience, start to finish. They are so filmmaker-centric and helpful and the PR reach was amazing and I’m obsessed with everyone I met, from staff to other filmmakers. Our two screenings were packed and the response was incredible. People laughed and I heard gasps and just HOLY WOW is it fun to watch a film with that engaged a crowd around you.
And then at the awards ceremony last night, we won a few things! They gave us best score (yes Dan Tepfer!), best screenplay (WHAAAAA??? I burst into tears and all I think I said into the mic was “what a fucking honor” – which, I mean, that’s about all I guess I needed to or should say) and we also received the audience award for best feature.
This was taken by Pete Demas when they announced the audience award. I shouldn’t have worn mascara last night is all I’m saying.
I’m over the moon, truly. We all are. What a fucking honor.
Thank you to everyone who came out and saw our premiere and listened to me rapid fire babble at our Q&A and then ate tacos with me under the stars. There is no way the screening could have been better. It was a full house, and so many members of the cast and crew were there, and friends, and family, and total strangers who read our synopsis in the film festival program and thought it might be fun. The energy in the room was magic.
What an honor and a joy, seriously. Probably the best night of my life.
Alexis and me with the unbelievably talented and beautiful Catherine Missal and Anna Margaret Hollyman. Photo by Pete Demas.
And I’m so excited to share more festival news! It’s coming very soon. Stay tuned!
(There are still some tickets for our second screening at the Brooklyn Film Festival on Sunday, June 8th at 8pm! You can get them here!)
We have our two screening dates and times for the Brooklyn Film Festival! Cast and crew will be in attendance at both and I suspect we’ll have some fun post-screening Q&A sessions.
For more details and to buy tickets to the premiere, CLICK HERE.
And keep your eye out for info on an after party the night of May 31st!
You guys. I am over the moon thrilled to announce that MOVEMENT AND LOCATION will be premiering at the 2014 Brooklyn Film Festival!
I’ve been attending BFF for years and it’s amazing, I have only ever seen stuff that I’ve loved. They program impressive, gorgeous films and I am so honored and also very fucking psyched to be included in company like this. Also, that our world premiere is in the city where we filmed and where Alexis and I and most of the crew and cast live is SO PERFECT. It is so perfect! Brooklyn is my favorite place in the world and it’s exactly where I most want to screen this film first.
More details as the schedule is finalized, but the festival runs from May 30-June 8.
Here’s where I’m going to get all tl;dr so please feel free to skip the rest and don’t worry about missing pertinent details, BUT. If the making a feature on your own aspect is interesting, in the sense of what the feels are like, this is for you. Because I feel crazy. This whole project has made me crazy, in ways that varied and evolved, for the three years I’ve been in it. From writing the script 17 times, through physical production, through the edit, through the thinking and hoping about festivals and distribution options. It’s all been so hard. It’s been a true pushing-molasses-up-a-sandy-hill kind of situation. And there were many moments when I wanted to give up and/or expected that I was on the verge of needing to. It’s why if you happened to hang out with me in the six months following production, I was insane. I apologize for being insane. I am better now. But YOU GUYS the thing that got me through all that confidence crushing bullshit was imagining what it would be like to watch this movie at a festival, with as much of the cast and crew and my family and friends as could possibly attend. And that’s about to happen. Holy shit. It’s a crazy feeling, no less intense than the crazy that came with figuring out how to schedule a 112 page script in 18 days. But the crazy this time is all joy.
Thank you, you guys. Really thank you.