I skipped a week….I am so sorry! Life is busy – two weekends ago James and I headed up to Tennessee for the Indie Memphis Film Festival. It was great fun and we had a successful screening for Bubble! Even though we played on Sunday afternoon at 5:30, we had a full house and good feedback. There are screening times at fests that can be worrisome for attendance, but this felt like it could have been a Saturday afternoon block. I think that speaks volumes to the overall festival attendance and enthusiasm for the films they had. Many filmmakers came from all over the country (and even internationally), so we saw several familiar faces. It feels good to show up to a city away from home and have a reunion with some of the people you most admire. Keeps putting fuel on the fire for future film dreams.
Last weekend we hosted the West family Thanksgiving at our home in Atlanta! This was the first major family event I’ve ever done this for, and I’m grateful James was there to help execute it all. We even made a 14 pound turkey! 😀 Everyone brought a dish, and each immediate family member was present. When we sat down to eat, 15 mouths partook in the feast we all helped create together. I don’t know if I say it enough, but I am so very fortunate to have the family that I do.
This weekend James and I head to Wilmington, NC for our last film festival of the year – Cucalorus (which was just named one of the 25 coolest film fests by MovieMaker Mag)! We are going out of 2013 big… it has been such a kind year to us. Bubble will hopefully restart screenings in January (fingers crossed!) and continue well into the summer/early fall of 2014. As for future projects, my sights are still set on a prequel short in March/April, and I hope to start production on my first feature by the fall. Lots of work to do! I can’t wait for each and every second of it.
I am really enjoying my Atlanta/Birmingham love affairs. Atlanta is treating me so well…I am constantly energized by the city’s pace and culture. There are endless neighborhoods to explore, and countless interesting people to meet. The cool thing about being here right now in my life is that I can walk into a coffee shop and not know a soul. I am a stranger to nearly everyone. Whereas in Birmingham – I rarely meet new face. But that is also what I love about Birmingham, it’s crazily tight-knit community. Both cities offer a little something different for me right now, and I need each in different ways. The most beautiful thing of all is that only a two hour stretch of highway separates me from one or the other. I feel like I am closer to the life I’ve always wanted more than ever before.
Last but not least…. I chopped my hair!! I don’t have any decent pics yet, but I promise to post some soon on Instagram in the next few days.