HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!! I hope your week has been full of scary movies and spooky happenings. We’ve had a sick kitty in our household for the past few days which makes me sad, but she seems to be on the mend.  And just in time for Indie Memphis!

This will be my first-ever trip to Memphis, which is pretty unbelievable.  Erik Jambor, one of my original indie filmmaker heroes (and co-founder of the Sidewalk Film Festival), runs the fest. When I moved back to Birmingham from Atlanta in 2004-ish, my grandmother cut out a snippet from The Birmingham News that announced the inaugural Sidewalk Salon (the monthly meetings that still happen to this day). I remember being so nervous when I showed up by myself, not knowing a soul and basically pretending like I belonged there. The small space was full with about 40-50 people, eager to hear what Erik had to say. That was a defining moment in my film life. Soon after I officially met Sam Frazier, Kelly Marshall, Mongo, Bear, Andor and Hugh Merrill. When I decided to make my first film Piece of Cake in 2006, Erik was one of my biggest cheerleaders. I needed that support more than he realized. I don’t know where I would be without the opportunities his pioneering spirit enabled for filmmakers like myself.

We’ve done several fun Halloween things this year. This past weekend we hosted a Halloween Twelve Supper at our house.  I made brains (steak tartar) inspired by the word dead. It was delicious! However, I don’t think calling it brains was necessary as a scare tactic, as eating tartar is usually terrifying enough since it is basically raw meat & eggs. If you ever make it at home, the key is to get the highest quality meat you can and never let it get warm during preparation. At first I tried to chop it by hand, but our blender ended up doing a much better job. 😀 Tartar is especially good with homemade salty potato chips. mmmm

Last night we went to a big pizza dinner with some ATL friends, then headed over to a nearby bar for costume karaoke. Even though I wasn’t the first one to turn in a song, I was the first to be called up to perform. Eeeks! I sang Time Warp to a dude in a dress playing the organ. So much fun.

So I have a plan of attack: I am definitely leaning towards doing a “prequel” short film called Pink in the spring leading up to a feature that I want to initiate in late summer/early fall of 2014. I’ve already started work on the short film script, and then will dive immediately into the feature script thereafter. I feel really good about this plan. But as we all know, life nor art ever goes as expected…which can be the best part of all.

James & his girls. Hipster Hemingway?

James & his girls. Hipster Hemingway?

My steak tartar w pâté.

My steak tartar w pâté.

Twelve Supper Dishes

Twelve Supper Dishes

Twelve Supper Table

Twelve Supper Table