A few years ago, I interviewed for the position of Managing Editor at Filmmaker Magazine (which eventually went to the worthy Matthew Ross). This is comical for many reasons. The first of which is that I had absolutely no experience in print publishing whatsoever. I remember sitting down with then publisher Stephen Gallagher, who thought he was about to interview a reasonable candidate. But when he began tossing out the most basic of questions and they were met with less than assured responses (“Ever worked at a magazine before?” “No.” “Ever worked in publishing before?” “Um… not really.” “Are you familiar with Quark?” “What?”), things got awkward in a hurry. He quickly checked my resume to wonder what in the hell would have made him call me in for an interview. Superficially, it was packed with film/media jobs, but as for being a Managing Editor of a print publication? Not quite. Somehow, he remained cordial until the end of the “interview,” at which point I drifted outside and meandered back downtown, wondering if embarrassing failures like these were all I would ever be good at.
Then there’s the second comical element, which is that I actually didn’t want to be the magazine’s Managing Editor. I simply wanted to WRITE for them. Yet instead of submitting samples and pitching stories in the traditional (i.e., proper, a.k.a., correct) sense, I went in there and ruined any possible credibility that I might ever have. Steve politely suggested some copy editing work, but I could tell he was simply humoring me. The guy should have berated me for wasting his time. But he was too nice for that.
Then comes the third (and most shameful) comical element, which is so preposterous that you won’t even believe it. Seriously. Get ready. Here’s the real truth: I didn’t want to just be a writer for Filmmaker. I wanted to be a SUBJECT in Filmmaker. Yeah, that was it! So instead of being out in the world MAKING A FUCKING FILM, I was temping at a law firm and interviewing for a position as Managing Editor of the magazine I really just wanted to be in? Can you say D-e-l-u-s-i-o-n-a-l-l-y S-t-u-p-i-d? I can!
Anyway, I’m confessing this because I think it makes the following news even more dramatically sweet:
For those of you who haven’t already seen it (you’re all subscribers, right?), I, Michael Tully, somehow miraculously got my wish. I’m interviewed in the new issue of Filmmaker! (It’s the one with Heath Ledger on the cover.)
COCAINE ANGEL’S first print press is in the magazine I’ve always daydreamed of being in. To many of you this might sound underwhelming, but to me it’s quite exciting!
Mary Glucksman was kind enough to select our film for her “In Focus” column, which profiles five indie films in various stages of production. If I may say so myself, I’m quite pleased with the results. I actually sound like I know what I’m talking about (which, if you’re a reader of this site, you know is a major victory). Seriously, though, I think the article is great and it’s especially awesome to see the still from the film mixed in with other legitimate productions. The best part is that it actually makes me want to see COCAINE ANGEL, and I’ve already seen it about 6,187 times.
So, to the crew at Filmmaker Magazine (www.filmmakermagazine.com), all of us involved with COCAINE ANGEL thank you! It’s articles like these that help to further legitimize our production, and while I think our film is a pretty powerful work in and of itself, it sure as shit doesn’t hurt to have people like you helping us out even further. So thanks again!
(P.S. When Matthew’s own films finally kick into production and he abandons you guys for Hollywood, just know you’ve got a new--albeit completely incapable--Managing Editor waiting to fill his shoes...)