Whoa, I done funked up, y'all. I don't think I brought the chord that will allow me to upload pics while I'm here. I need to ask around and take care of that, because you really need to see pictures of what transpired last night. A bunch of hapless filmmakers occupying five lanes at Sacco's Bowl-Haven (they call it candle pin here, but in Maryland we call it duckpin). Actually, everyone was quite okay. I, on the other hand, looked like I'd never worn bowling shoes in my life, and I probably have more experience with that kind of bowling than everyone combined (of course, this was over twenty years ago at childhood birthday parties, but still). It was pretty hilarious to pan down the lanes and see Steve Anderson (F*CK), Robin and Rory Muir (DOWNTOWN LOCALS), Mike Akel (CHALK)--who, by the way, was reallyreally good, Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden (HALF NELSON), Aaron and Adam Nee (THE LAST ROMANTIC), and too many other people to name, all concentrating on the task at hand. To make things more surreal, they didn't serve alcohol. Good times everybody, good times.
And then I got back to my hotel room, only to find a makeshift cooler set up on my bed with an assortment of Red Bull and vodka. Thanks, whoever did that!
I only got to see one film yesterday, but it was a good one. Mike Akel's CHALK, which is an OFFICE-like faux-documentary about high school teachers. Like THE OFFICE (at least the BBC version, I haven't found the time to watch the American one, though I hear they've found a good groove), what makes CHALK so special is that it isn't simply sketch-like humor. As absurd and outlandish as certain moments get, there's still an honesty to the situations that makes it feel real somehow. Which is the highest compliment I can bestow upon it. All of the performances are spot on, from the short-haired (but not lesbian!) gym teacher, the high strung assistant principal, the pathetically nervous first year history teacher, and the David Brent-like teacher who is more interested in winning the "Teacher of the Year Award" than he is in actually teaching. Congratulations to Mike and his crew. You made something very funny and good!
After that, I chose not to sit through COCAINE ANGEL again. I just didn't feel like putting my soul through that excruciatingly stressful wringer. As for the screening itself, it was just about completely filled up, and a bunch of people stayed for the Q&A, which began somewhat shakily (as it was my first time being in the spotlight without Damian there to help out) but ultimately went well, I think. I kept trying to end it but people were still asking questions. Hope I didn't sound too amateurish and stupid. While it's difficult to know how it *really* went over, I have no reason to think poorly about the occasion, which is enough for me to consider it another successful screening. Hopefully Saturday will be just as smooth.
I spent the morning yesterday doing some more work on DAYDREAM, which is just about there. Might do some more right now. I don't think I have any screenings until 5-ish, though I hope to meet up with Alex so he can tell me all about his next project, which I'm quite excited about. Also, Todd gets into town today--finally--so I have that to look forward to.
I'll do my best to fix the technical issues and get some pics posted asap. They're pretty funny...