It still hasn't been 365 days since we rolled the first frame of celluloid, yet tonight carves another momentous notch into the headboard of Septien. Not only is it our NYC premiere as part of BAMcinemaFEST—on a more personal note, this means that our movie will be projected in my very favorite cinema room in the whole wide world: BAM's theater 3! I have very fond memories of sitting in this theater and having some of the best movie-going experiences of my life: sitting two rows in front of Robert Altman during McCabe & Mrs. Miller; watching Dead Man with Jim Jarmusch in attendance; the dance party that broke out at the BAM UP ALL NIGHT screening of The Wiz at midnight just days after Michael Jackson passed away (then sticking around for a 2am viewing of Mahogany); James Gray's post-film discussion of Two Lovers; the David Gordon Green programmed Tango & Cash; last month, Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life; and, within just the past two days, Alex Ross Perry's The Color Wheel and Dustin Guy Defa's tour-de-force short film Family Nightmare.
The nearly final notch will happen in just a few weeks on Wednesday, July 6th, when Septien opens theatrically at the IFC Center. In many ways, attendance at the IFC Center is more "important" for our chances at booking some theaters across the country before the DVD drops in mid-October. But the fact is that I'm so excited to be screening in theater 3 at BAM tonight to the extent that I'm going against my better final judgment of a few months ago and am planning to sit through it with an audience one more time.
We're so grateful that many of you have already shown your support by renting the film VOD style, and it's silly to expect folks to rally for any/all of these theatrical events in NYC, but if you haven't yet tracked it down or are interested in taking the film for a big-screen run, tonight would be a dreamy way to get over the hump. Go here to buy tickets for tonight. If you’re into perks, all attendees will get their very own puzzle magnet postcard for free, and if you dig Brent Chesanek and Onur Tukel’s poster as much as I do, you can buy one for the fair price of $20.
I will of course be writing about the theatrical release closer to July 6th. For now, tonight at BAMcinemaFEST is all that matters.