"Beatrice brought clarity and objectivity," Black said of editing the film (you can see the new trailer here) "She made me feel brave and confident that this was more the movie I was trying to make."
The writer/director also doesn't expect critics to make an investment of time by seeing the movie a second time around, even if it is different now. "There are some people who won't give it a second chance," he admitted. "And there are some people who just don't like this kind of film, the boy bloggers. I'm not sure if they'll ever connect with it, and that's okay. I'm sure there are films that they love that I don't."
But even with those barriers, Black said the New York premiere this week of the re-titled film -- now called "Virginia" -- gave him new hope. "It went really well," he said with a sigh of relief. "Thank God. Thank goodness. It's such a different gauge for this film." And since he plans to direct again, he promises he's learned a lot from the experience and won't make the same mistakes the next time out: "Unless I'm barred from the business!" he laughed.