It’s been a busy few weeks since I last wrote. Little Cabbage had its world premiere at the Atlanta Film Festival, I was in a car accident that totaled our car (I’m ok!), and a million other things seemed to have occurred. The car accident sucked… I hit a telephone pole going about 20 mph and my airbags didn’t deploy. I banged my head really hard on the steering wheel and bruised my knees pretty bad against the dashboard, but luckily that was the worst of it. I get attached to objects like cars and houses. I was sad to say goodbye to the silver Mazda that also once belonged to my brother. She was good to us. You can mark eras in your life sometimes by the things you own or the places you live in. That Mazda lived through some big moments.

The world premiere of Little Cabbage was really special. We had the honor of opening for a feature called Rosehill (also their world premiere), directed by Brigitta Wagner and starring Josephine Decker and Kate Chamuris. We had a great slot at 4:30 on a Saturday of the festival’s second weekend. Even though we’ve had two cast & crew screenings, I was still pretty nervous going into it. We played on the BIG Plaza main theater, a size we’ve never experienced before. Little Cabbage looked and sounded perfect, and we had a great audience reaction.

Today James and I head to the Chattanooga Film Festival for our next screening! LC played last night, and will play again this Sunday in a block at 1pm. Next weekend is the Ozark Film Festival in Arkansas, then we wrap up for a little bit the following weekend at Indie Grits. Yay!

I love where we live in Atlanta. It’s the perfect spot for us right now. A lot of people think that living in Atlanta must be really terrible with what they perceive as around the clock traffic and general chaos. When I lived here 12 years ago in my first adventure, I did live in a place that kept me away from the areas that are so wonderful. I didn’t have many friends and I generally thought this city sucked. Now that we’re in the heart of what I call “the neighborhoods,” I couldn’t be happier. Everything is close by, including the city itself, and we rarely have to fight traffic. There is so much art, life, and happenings that it’s literally impossible to keep up. And the best part… it’s only a little over 2 hours from my real home in Birmingham. I take advantage of that often with short & long visits. For those of you in Birmingham & beyond, come visit us sometime and we will show you all there is to love! I felt like I was cheating on Birmingham for so long by loving this city, but I’ve come to learn that it’s ok to be happy in more than one place. And I’m pretty happy.

Progress Report: James and I are almost on day 100 in our lifestyle changes to reach our goal weights! I think I have roughly 5 weeks left and I will be finished. I still haven’t weighed in… and I’m not certain yet that I ever will. I can become obsessed with the scale, and it’s been liberating to just go by measurements and how my clothes fit. James is weighing in, and he is down about 30 pounds. I am probably about the same. Some days it’s easy, some days it’s hard. Glad the finish line is in sight! We will continue to count calories for three months when we are done (raising our daily consumption, of course) to help establish good habits.

I feel like I’m leaving off something important in this post. If I remember, I’ll add it in next time! My feature script Electric Bleau is making progress. I hope to report some new happenings this month other than writing updates. She’s almost ready to present to others! That will start a whole new process and timeline, officially launching us into preproduction. Bottomless, the short film I’m producing and that Vero’s writing & directing, should be completed for the most part this month. Joe Walker is busy putting together the final scenes as we speak. All very exciting!

Lastly, one of my FAVORITE things that I saw at the Atlanta Film Festival was Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck. Obviously not an indie film… but amazingly well-done. It premieres on HBO May 4th. There is also a limited theatrical release starting on April 11th.

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Game of Thrones Season 5 Sneak Peek, as part of the Atlanta Film Festival! (Also – HAPPY BIRTHDAY Wendy!!) Set design by Molly Coffee.

Atlanta Film Festival with friends.

Atlanta Film Festival with friends.

Jon, Robyn, me, & James on opening night of the Atlanta Film Festival.

Jon, Robyn, me, & James on opening night of the Atlanta Film Festival.

Me and o'Fella!

Me and o’Fella!

Friends at the Atlanta Film Festival.

Friends at the Atlanta Film Festival.

Photo with Brigitta, director of Rosehill!

Photo with Brigitta, director of Rosehill!

Us on stage with the cast & crew of Rosehill, the feature that Little Cabbage opened for.

Us on stage with the cast & crew of Rosehill, the feature that Little Cabbage opened for.

Little Cabbage World Premiere! Photo by Josh Carples.

Little Cabbage World Premiere! Photo by Josh Carples.

Lane, Robyn, & me at the New Mavericks Atlanta Film Festival brunch.

Lane, Robyn, & me at the New Mavericks Atlanta Film Festival brunch.

James and me on opening night of the Atlanta Film Festival.

James and me on opening night of the Atlanta Film Festival.

Azza daydreaming.

Azza daydreaming.

Me & the Bean!!

Me & the Bean!!

My new Alabama shaped earrings from Naked Art!

My new Alabama shaped earrings from Naked Art!

First glass of wine at the Atlanta Film Festival.

First glass of wine at the Atlanta Film Festival.

Top porch livin'.

Top porch livin’.

Cilantro & Lucy!

Cilantro & Lucy!

People say that the girls in this mural look like me.

People say that the girls in this mural look like me.

The Filminism panel at the Atlanta Film Festival.

The Filminism panel at the Atlanta Film Festival.

James and me after the world premiere of Little Cabbage!

James and me after the world premiere of Little Cabbage!