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.

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