Friday afternoon I jet off to Austin for SXSW and the premiere of PROM DATE, which will be having its world premiere on Sunday, morning (11 AM, at the Alamo Drafthouse S. Lamar for any or all people who will be in Austin, and happen to mistakenly find themselves reading this blog - probably thinking this is either the sxsw blog or matt dentler's blog; both of which offer much more exciting tales, ramblings and thoughts than I could ever come up with here). I've mentioned the film a few times before, but this is a blog and what's the point of a blog if not to beat a dead horse (not that I'd ever hurt horse, lovely animals really), so I thought I might share with you how this short doc came into existence. Last spring, the director Poull Brien met Courtney (last name stricken from the record), current high school senior, at what the city dubs a twenty-one and over club. When confronted with her true 18 year old age, he was, to say the least, shocked (and perhaps dismayed at the state of clubs in NY for letting high school students to drink vodka with 40 year old men when they should be chugging natty ice out of a keg while their friends parents have risked going vacation for the weekend, but then I don't know). Even more shocking, it turned out she was on the prowl for a prom date. One thing led to another (Q & A, hint, hint) and soon he convinced her to not only look on the Internet, but also to let him film her search. My involvement came when Poull, realizing that the prom was barely two weeks away, needed to get a crew together ASAP (the conversation occurred at an event for SxSW alumni James and Jeff Israel who were holding a benefit for their new short masterpiece FACE VALUE). He approached me. I told him I had no experience putting together a crew, am very busy with my job, but I do have a boom pole and a boatload of impractical ideas. He said perfect, let's go (I'm paraphrasing here).
I think I'll stop the story there; nominally because I want to save the rest for the Q & A, but actually because I know you are bored by it and just don't care (perhaps because had to leave the good bits out).