Sunshine & 81 degrees! Yes yes yes yes yes yes. Today = back porch sitting and writing. I need a solid creative day, I feel like I’ve been a little distracted with other things this week. The countdown begins: only three weeks left in Wilmington! I want to use every second towards the ultimate goal. I don’t think I will finish the first draft of my feature film while I’m here, but I should be well along my way.
Since I last wrote, I attended the Sonoma International Film Festival where Bubble had two standing-room only screenings in a venue that held close to 200 people. We were a part of the Humor and Heart block, and we played directly after a comedy short. How’s that for a little contrast? :) Turns out that comedy short (Brunch Bitch) was made by a new dear friend named Hannah. We have a mutual female filmmaker pal named Ingrid, who directed The Animal Project, which Hannah also starred in. James and I shared a house with Ingrid at Cucalorus last year. Always a small world! I also made great friends with several other filmmakers in Sonoma – ones that I feel like I will know a lifetime.
There was something particularly special about Sonoma. It was always a 50/50 chance that I’d actually get to go. We made the final decision about a week out that it was worth the time and effort for me to make it out there. Within 20 minutes of landing in the airport, I met the filmmakers from Taking My Parents To Burning Man – and I got to experience first-hand their film explode over the next few days. Before they left that festival, Pixar requested a private screening at their studios… and they also got three additional sold-out screenings. It was magical to watch from the sidelines. Couldn’t have happened to nicer people, too. I also met a group of ladies that really inspired me as I look forward in my own film career. Meeting them alone was worth the entire trip. Beyond that, the Sonoma Film Festival is pretty epic: amazing staff, endless wine (seriously, endless wine), endless food and endless hospitality. Great parties, talented filmmakers in attendance and tons to experience. A++++++. I hope I get the opportunity to return many times in the future.
Since I’ve been back in Wilmington we’ve gotten some very promising news regarding Little Cabbage (our next short film), which is now set to shoot August 1 -4 in either Birmingham or Atlanta. Keep your fingers crossed that we continue forward movement with this film. This particular piece of news was in regards to potential talent that might come on board (in addition to someone amazing that we already have). I truly believe that if we can build the right team, this film will bring us to a new level.
I am sure some of you are dying to know when the St. Paul and the Broken Bones music video will premiere! Stay tuned to their Facebook & Twitter feeds, they will be announcing early next week the official day (which is very, very soon). It’s going to be so much fun to finally experience others watching it! I hope you love what we made. I’ve seen it about a million times at this point and it’s still pretty entertaining.
Next week I get to see James, after nearly a month. We will be meeting in the middle at the Indie Grits Film Festival to spend a few days together. After we part ways, I will officially be back in Atlanta on May 3rd! Then I will be making a quick trip to Birmingham the following weekend to see family and friends. I can’t wait to get some face-to-face time with everyone that I love.