The movie is coming out. THE MOVIE IS COMING OUT.
September 18-24, we’ll be screening (5x a day!) at Cinema Village in Manhattan. You can buy tickets here! There will be a Q&A at every day’s 7:05pm screening. Alexis and I will be there, and we’ll be joined by a rotating line-up of crew and cast and musicians. There will definitely be a party on Sept 18 – details coming soon.
Then September 22nd, the film is available on iTunes and Verizon FiOS VOD in millions of homes. MILLIONS OF HOMES, you guys. MILLIONS OF HOMES.
But okay this whole thing is stopping my heart a little bit. Cinema Village is the theater where I went on my first date with Alexis, more than eleven years ago. I was a few weeks out of college and we’d met at a networking event for advertising. I asked him to go see Born Into This and he showed up late with another woman (a friend, who ended up signing as witness on our marriage license). Movement and Location is playing on the very same screen.
This movie has shaped the look and direction of my life since I started writing it in July of 2011. That’s a long time of repeating the synopsis at parties and people saying “cool, how can I see it?” and me saying “I don’t know! ahhh! I don’t know!” because FINALLY I can say: “come watch it in a theater with me.” Oh what a beautiful sentence. Finally I get to toss this bird out of the nest.
Alexis and I are so lucky to have the incomparable women behind Vault Collective helping us get the word out. They also redesigned this website, which, holy shit is this site beautiful. Huge shout out as well to Maura McNamara, who is worth several times her weight in gold. Movies take an army at so many stages and we’ve got such a smart group around us.
So. Save the date. September 18th, we premiere at Cinema Village in New York City.
See you at the movies.
A feature film by Alexis & Bodine Boling
Trailer edited by Connor Kalista & sound designed by R. Hollis Smith
featuring original score from the film by Dan Tepfer
with “Glowing Heart” by Aoife O’Donovan
and “Don’t Skip A Beat” by Imani Coppola
Alexis, Serena and I all went to the Atlanta Film Festival and had one of our best screenings so far. Huge crowd and everyone laughed! Made my day. A huge grateful thanks to everyone at ATLFF but especially Chris Holland and Cameron McAllister. Thanks also to my beloved father-in-law, Bill Boling, who threw us an awesome after party. I was only in Georgia for 48 hours, but believe we squeezed in karaoke.
Thank you, Cameron, for the killer Q&A. Great questions from an engaged audience make me as happy as anything possibly could.
Next up is the Alhambra Film Festival in Evansville, Indiana. I’ll be there representing the film, and I can’t wait. We play Saturday, April 11th at 6:30pm at the Tropicana Casino and Hotel. If you’ll be in Indiana, please come and invite friends!
Oh wow. Indie Memphis, you are a treasure. Thank you for one of the best weekends of my life. If you’re a filmmaker, apply to Indie Memphis, and go, and see some stunning films and meet the nicest people you’re likely to find anywhere. If you’re not a filmmaker, go anyway. And if you’ve never been to Graceland, well then it sounds like you have a number of reasons to get yourself to Memphis.
This is during our first Q&A, led by the hilarious and awesome Laura Jean Hocking.
Our poster, designed by the brilliant and beautiful Mayumi Ando, won the jury and audience award for Best Poster, and the film picked up the Ron Tibbett Excellence in Filmmaking Award. And we even got an encore screening!
Thanks to Emily Best over at Seed&Spark for this shot of me during the awards ceremony, when I was trying hard not to cry. On the far left part of the stage is Erik Jambor, who is both director of the festival and utterly WONDERFUL.
Let it be known also that Craig Brewer, director of Hustle & Flow and president of the Indie Memphis board, throws a mean fucking Halloween party.
Sharing this film is the most rewarding experience of my life so far. Thank you for being part of the journey.
I am so OVER THE MOON to announce that we’ll be joining the unbelievable lineup at the 2014 Indie Memphis Film Festival.
The festival runs over Halloween weekend, and Alexis and I will both be there. Our screening is Saturday, Nov 1st at 4pm. Details and tickets here.
We can’t wait. We really can’t wait. Plus (obviously) we’ll be taking day trips to Graceland and Dollywood, and please let me know any other Memphis recs if you’ve got ’em.
In additionally wonderful news, two of my favorite women also have films in the Indie Memphis competition slate. Summer of Blood stars our own extraordinary Anna Margaret Hollyman. I saw this at Tribeca and it’s funny and dark and smart and weird and I loved it. (It begins with Anna Margaret proposing to someone, so is it any wonder I love it so much? I did recently send her a text that said I wanted to be the Joel Coen to her Frances McDormand, so.)
And then there’s Thou Wast Mild and Lovely, which features the outrageously talented Kristin Slaysman. I saw this movie at BAM a few months ago, and I adored it, and it’s stuck with me in a very big way. Haunting, for sure. Dreamy and tense and utterly beautiful to look at. Astonishing performances abound. It led to the most interesting post-film conversations I’ve had in ages.
See you in Memphis!
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.
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!
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!)