Apologies for the lack of blogging... It is crunch time at the Sarasota Film Festival and with the programming decisions coming fast and furious, I am very close to having all the films in place. Now, we just have to gather the rest of the materials for the catalogue, get talent booked, create itineraries for guests, finalize the jury, secure print shipping for every film, make sure that all of our events have everything in place, work on the overall festival press release, launch a new ticketing system, and... my brain hurts. I need a break!
So, I'm off to my hometown of Flint, MI tomorrow, out of the Tampa airport and home to the cold and snow. I am very much looking forward to it. This is the first year I was not in New York City for the holiday season, one of my favorite times of year, since 1997. IN stead, I'm in lukewarm Florida. I have been so buried in work, I have barely noticed the holiday season at all, which I usually love. It will be nice to see the babies back home (I love Sophie, Mikey, and Jack!) and to do a little stress reducing last minute holiday shopping.
Regarding the ol' Back Row Manifesto, in the coming weeks I plan on writing a long piece about the state of foreign film in America (I'm not as optmistic as some), as well as a short list highlighting my Top 10 Films of 2004. Other than that, its nose to the grindstone getting the festival in shape.
In the meantime, I hope everyone has a great holiday season and a Happy New Year!
or, if happiness and joy are not your thing, you can read this wonderful article on the spirit of the season.
Merry Christmas everyone!