Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Goodbye Park City...

...still colder in my house than in Park City, but hopefully will have heat by the the meantime, here's a few photos to keep you warm...

Park City after the fun is over...peace and quiet at 5am waiting for a shuttle to the airport.

Sleeping on the plane. Hats are great to pull down over your eyes and block out the world. Gotta give JD the credit for that!

Can't wait to do it again next year!!

Monday, January 29, 2007

The Fest Wrap Up?

Well, I'm back in the ATL and freezing my @ss off!

We got home last night and noticed that the house seemed colder than it should, even though I turned it down to 55 before I left. A few hours later, it was still damn cold...the heater is blowing cold air not hot and I can't get a repairman out til tomorrow.

So JD & I are huddled around a heater that toasts one room up nicely...

Anyway, I'm also really, really sleepy since I seemed to get little sleep while in Park City, and will be posting my final thoughts, observations, party gossip, film gossip, and pictures sometime later today or's hard to type when your house is sitting at 32 degrees.

Saturday, January 27, 2007


This is a brilliant Japanese film....I hope we can get it in Atlanta. It's incredible filmmaking.

Taking a nap now...the adrenaline pass and all these damn late night Signal screenings are killing me.

I have 3 more movies today....must pack at some point...leaving tomorrow early...

another great review

Friday, January 26, 2007

Protagonist...and my rant on the indie state of mind in GA

What a wonderful film. Great characters...very interesting concept. Jessica Yu is branching out and doing a narrative comedy...can't wait to see what she does next.

I keep meeting kids on the street that are jazzed about The Signal screening...we screen Friday and Saturday night...should be a great crowd. More on that tomorrow.

The weather has been fabulous this week. It was cold as well, Alaska in summer, the first week, but the snow is melting and I'm without hat, gloves or a scarf til after sunset. JD hates it cause he's boarding on ice instead of powder.

Half the kids went skiiing/boarding today and the other half are just hanging around chillin'. It's been a great overwhelming week...and a successful week for us.

I just hope that someone starts taking indie films seriously in Atlanta. If you are an your homework...don't give your money to people with no track record, no skills, no story...but there is talent here and you need to seek it out.

It's high risk, but it can pay off if you invest in the right people...our investor is now a millionaire...he didn't make his money back on the first's a long term investment...3-5 pictures...but it can pay off if you do your homework and find people with skills.

I hope that The Film Office, GPP, WIF, and other non-indie organizations will start to understand if our industry is to not just survive, but to THRIVE...we need to nurture and support the filmmakers of the future. We need to pass our knowledge on, train the next generation...or we will be as extinct as the dinosaurs.

And filmmakers...learn your craft, respect the arts, and don't ruin the hard work of those that came before you...filmmaking is a privilege, not a right. You have the right to do it, but unless you understand it's a privilege and a lifetime learning curve, you will never have true success, freedom and happiness doing it.

Friday - just two more days left

Off to see Jessica Yu's new doc Protagonist. Should be interesting.

The Signal plays at midnight tonight in Park City, and again tomorrow night at midnight. Should be interesting to see how the crowds react.

I have a meeting with a distributor today for the Tibet movie...wish me luck.

Salt Lake City Premiere

The whole gang loaded up in every available car and drove into Salt Lake for out premeire there.

Sold out, wait list again, which was great.

Good crowd. Lotsa people freaking out, although a little less crazy than the first screening. It's still fun to hear the grown man behind you moan and scream and say things like 'oh no, god no'. Another guy in the audience had one of those totally freaky laughs like he had lost his mind to the Signal.

Great Q & A too.

Saw more great movies today...
Eagle vs. Shark was pretty funny and endearing.
On the Road with Judas was structurally interesting.
Starting Out in the Evening was a good character study.
Buried Dreams was a beautifully crafted French film.
And, of course, the Signal rocks.