I remember those wonderful years when I would return to New York City after a however long hiatus and be filled with a rush of adrenaline, thrilled that I was living in the most exciting city in the world.
Those days are gone.
Not that I dread returning here or anything like that, but that excitement left me a long time ago. For the last time, I mean it when I say that I want a house in woods with no other houses in sight. Then again, I also mean it when I say that I want a pretty special someone to be in that house with me, so clearly this is a fantasy of laughable proportions. One of these days, however. One of these days.
I saw THE GROUND TRUTH yesterday evening for work, and it served its purpose quite well. I left the theatre feeling hopeless, enraged, and depressed. Thanks, guys. I have a proposition for filmmakers who are making documentaries about the occupation of Iraq: make something that will change the minds of people like my parents. Otherwise, you're simply preaching to the converted. This may be an impossible task, but getting me all pissed off and depressed doesn't help matters. I'm pretty well stocked up with those feelings already.
After that, I met up with Jason Redmond and Adam Roffman of the super-great Independent Film Festival of Boston to catch up and eat some Indian food. They're in town for the IFP Market, which is officially off and running. I'm hoping to sneak into Todd Rohal's panel discussion in a few hours, though I don't have a pass for any market events. Whoops. Tomorrow night is a free screening of THE GUATEMALAN HANDSHAKE at The Director's Guild. (Note: if you don't attend this you're an absolute moron.)
SLAMDANCE & DGA Present in conjunction with IFP’s INDEPENDENT FILM WEEK
-- A Special FREE Screening of THE GUATEMALAN HANDSHAKE --
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19th – 6:30pm
110 West 57th St. New York, NY 10019
(seating is limited, arrive promptly at 6:15pm)
Q&A following the screening to be hosted by Rose Troche, director of GO FISH
Tomorrow also brings the first press screening of this year's New York Film Festival (MARIE ANTOINETTE, which my bar is sufficiently lowered for). The schedule isn't as structured as it's been in recent years, which made me a tad nervous at first, but I'm sure everything will be fine. I'll be sure to post as many updates as possible, though I might have to settle for another two-part NYFF wrap-up later in the game. We'll see what happens.
I need to go buy a mattress now...