By twhalliii | THE BACK ROW MANIFESTO by Tom Hall February 22, 2007 at 4:02AM
Since I've been back from Sundance, my blogging has fallen off the map as I have been buried in piles of film screeners, invitations, more film screeners, meetings, planning sessions, e-mail, phone calls and more film screeners. Preparations for April's Sarasota Film Festival are going well, and I have to give a huge THANK YOU to the majority of my colleagues in the April film festival pile-up who have been amazing collaborators regarding scheduling films and talent, print shipping and travel. It's exteremely encouraging to work with so many good people who are able to balance the best interests of their festivals and communities with the best interests of filmmakers and their movies. It feels like we're part of a grassroots community and that almost everyone is working toward a great event and forging a viable network for really great films in this country.
The best part of the whole thing? Not a single mention of a film's "premiere status" among the whole bunch of us. Not a word.
It makes me wonder how this will all be perceived by the community at large. Will havng a bunch of film festivals collaborating and co-operating on showing some of the same movies be seen as busniess as usual? I can assure you, it's not. It has already been a successful year for me because I think I am witnessing the start of a new festival network and I'm very excited by it. I'll come up for air once the catalogue is finished and I can get to announcing what we have in store for this year. In the meantime, best wishes to all of my colleagues and filmmakers (you now who you are) as you ramp up for a busy spring.
Banyan Trees, Sarasota, FL