I was hoping to have posted pics from the fest as well as a more comprehensive textual wrap-up, but now it's too late and I'm too tired. I had an eventful and inspiring night reading and watching the work of individuals I'm fortunate to know personally. And fortunately, all of those works were quite wonderful. A brief summary:
--Jonathan Rudak's short film script (what's it called, Rudak?), which contains the line, "My first sexual experience was with a bathtub." I can't wait to see the finished product. You better do it justice, homeboy.
--Matthew M. Ross's feature-length script, "Frank and Lola," which is one of the most visceral screenplays I've read in a long time. What begins as a Cassavetes-esque portrait of an unexpected New York romance spirals into an EYES WIDE SHUT-like descent into the darkest recesses of human behavior. Heavy shit. Somebody make this movie, please!
--Erica Dunton's short film, "Lost and Found." I'm saving my "Find Love" pontification for tomorrow (for now, let's just say it's easily the best new film I've seen this year), so get ready for that. This young lady might just be the most exciting young filmmaker working today. For "Lost and Found," she used another one of her father's striking technical inventions (http://www.joedunton.co.uk/) to deliver a 16mm anamorphic presentation that makes cinemascope look like a square box. this thing is WIDDDDE. the film itself is poetic and beautiful and i might want to use the same technology for "Daydream." I know I said I didn't mind if we shot HD, but looking at anamorphic and grainy 16mm takes my breath away.
--Alex Karpovsky's "The Hole Story" (www.theholestoryfilm.com). This is an example where you meet someone, then befriend them, then watch their hilarious and incredibly smart film and think, "Wow!" "The Hole Story" is one of those films that you want to push on people. Why hasn't anyone picked this up? What's going on with you distributors out there? I'm sure he wouldn't charge you gazillions of dollars, and I truly believe that this thing could be very marketable. Then again, what do I know? I also think "Cocaine Angel" should get a minor theatrical release. I hope to be hanging out with Alex as much as possible while I'm in Boston next week. Like me, he's living at home and painting houses while his film travels the globe. Though he's in the basement and I'm upstairs.
Okay, that's all for that. I have to wake up in less than six hours. I still haven't caught up from the other night. Oh well...