Well, the two big screenings are over and done with, and I have to say that I couldn't be more pleased with how they both turned out! Very crowded, no walk-outs, and people even stuck around to listen to me mumble like a parody of some indie rock slacker. Damian, of course, handled himself with charm and dignity. I didn't sit through the first screening, but watching it yesterday I actually found myself getting lost in the third act and not watching it as a director. By the end, I was genuinely moved. Damian houses that final monologue like an absolute motherfucker of a man. I can say this because it has absolutely nothing to do with me. I'm more proud of our film than I've ever been.
To finally have my good buddies David and Paul see it was the biggest thrill of all. Actually, I almost forgot to mention this! The Alamo theatres do these really neat pre-film intros about being quiet and stuff, and yesterday's featured none other than Homestar Runner. Unbelievable! I'm going to call Mike and Matt today to tell them they were at the screening in more than just spirit. At that point, I knew the screening wouldn't go horribly wrong.
I'm pretty scattered, so let me try to spit out some highlights...
--Watching LIVE FREE OR DIE yesterday morning with Paul, whose performance is really like nothing I've ever seen before. The more the film has time to sink in, the more I like it. Which isn't to say that I didn't like it when I watched it, just that I'm really looking forward to seeing it again.
--Driving around Austin on Sunday evening/night listening to R. Kelly's life-changingly brilliant "Trapped in the Closet" and soaking in its brilliance, again and again and again.
--Randomly befriending Tally Abecassis, director of LIFELIKE, a wonderful documentary about Canadian taxidermists. If Tally married me and we did things the American way, her name would be Tally Tully. Fortunately for her sake, she has already tied the knot. Unfortunately for my sake, she has already tied the knot.
--Any time spent with Christian Zak.
I don't know, I'm all tapped out right now. Just wanted to check in. Today I can really relax, get settled in my new digs, and figure out the music fest situation. Hopefully positive write-ups/reviews will be appearing soon, but either way, I feel great about everything. Life is a lovely, lovely thing...