Wednesday, April 27, 2005

New York Report

New York Report:

SATURDAY NIGHT - I originally had this grand plan to go to Little Italy when we got into town and eat hard core Italian food and drink red wine. No deal. I'd made plans with some college friends, Maya and Tanya who were and always will be in their own world. You just sort of get sucked up into it and move along with it. We ended up at Relish, this overly hip diner in Williamsburg which I've frequented a few times before. Maya and Tanya are the ultimate scenesters. They're gorgeous, know a ton of people and have no fear talking to anyone. This band TV on the Radio was there. Mark would've been pretty excited. He loves them. Maya chatted them up immediately. It was cute. I also caught up with Suzanne, Tanya's little sister. I love this girl SO MUCH. She's beautiful, talented, strong, inspiring ... always inspiring. Five minutes of conversation with her makes you feel like you can climb Mount Everest.

We also got harassed by a homeless man who was extremely high as we were walking home. It was a bit uncomfortable.

SUNDAY - We met Anne del Castillo and Wyatt Phillips for brunch at Veselkas. I met with these two last September when I was there for the IFP. Wyatt's in grad school at NYU for Film Studies and Anne works for POV at PBS. Much to catch up on. Lots of talk of growing up and families and owning houses. I'm stuck on that conversation. I seem to have it with a lot of people these days.

Stacy and I walked and walked and walked around Manhattan on Sunday. I wore the wrong shoes. I knew I wore the wrong shoes when I left Texas, but I knew it would rain and my sneakers would get soaked. I was right about that part.

That night we met up with my friends Jay and Christine for ETHIOPIAN FOOD!!!! My absolute, absolute favorite. I love it so much, it's not even funny. We had long conversations about New York. They're take ... New York is the center of the universe. It's a bold statement and one that I would probably agree with if I lived in New York. But I'm happy thinking that I'm the center of the universe. Not in an arrogant sort of way. It makes sense though, don't you think?

MONDAY - I've never eaten so much food in a single day in my life. Not until Monday the 25th. When you go to New York and you'll be in meetings all day long, you have to eat or drink or do something. Especially when you're waiting for a meeting and you have to go to the bathroom. Most places require a minimum purchase to use the restroom. So Monday, I ate two breakfasts, two lunches and two dinners. AND I had hot chocolates and herbal teas, all day long. Don't get me wrong, I was perfectly happy eating that much. In fact I wish there was a way to turn your belly off on days that you want to eat endlessly so you don't get full. Someone should look into that. Oh yes, meetings ... I digress.

We met with Barbara, my friend from Showtime early that morning. As we were waiting for her in the Tribeca Grand I saw someone who I'd met with in September about another project who sort of brushed me off when trying to correspond later on. It's interesting how those situations work. You would just hope that the person would simply say, "We're not interested in the project." It makes life easier for everyone. Instead of being sneaky or strange about it. I'd rather hear that and move on then think maybe, just maybe they do like it but they're busy and that's why they haven't returned my email. That's probably not the case. Again, I digress. I love Barbara. We met in a strange random sort of way several years ago and I've been bugging her ever since. Luckily she's sweet and nice and very helpful. She doesn't seem to mind the bugging so much. I try to keep it to a minimum. We had a great time catching up and swapping stories. I'm glad she's on our side.

From there, Stacy and I met up with Michael Emerson. He's a sweet, sweet man. Very much what I remember him to be when I was in high school. He showed up all dapper in a three piece suit. I loved it! We exchanged stories, talked about old times, gave our outlooks on life ... He seems really excited about the film. It reaffirmed my decision.

Now I'm back. We're in the midst of call-backs. I'm excited to see the kids reading, mixing and matching. Casting is the best part.

Celebrity sightings in New York were few this time:
TV on the Radio
Christian Bale

Friday, April 22, 2005

Tomorrow at Noon

Stacy and I get on a plane for NYC. Ethiopian food, old friends, the East Village, Central Park, ice cream, book stores, and Michael.

Monday, April 18, 2005

Straying far from home.

My trip to Florida gave me good spirits. Watching little Robert race across the green in his first soccer game, roasting marshmellows and digging holes to China, wandering around Stanton, listening to Ama's stories about her 100-year old Grandma Gerry, eating Black Forest cake with a tall glass of milk, listening to my parent's argue and then watching them kiss and make up, playing hide and go seek, tickle monster and snore monster with little Robert, staring at the silly grin on Christian's face, aching to be closer to my family. I miss them very much. I'm happy to be in Texas. I'm happy to be the one that moved so far away to do my own thing. But it doesn't negate the fact that I still miss them and wish I could see them more often.

I'm off to pick up more audition tapes from Lorie. Donise finished the first round today. I've only seen the first day so far and am very excited about the people she's brought in so far.

Thursday, April 14, 2005

Without one more word

It's been a rough morning at work. I'm angry. I'm sad. I'm stressed. I'm belittled. I'm overwhelmed. Sometimes I wonder if I'm cut out for this. Sometimes it just makes me really depressed. Today is one of those days. I'm anxious to get on the plane. I'm needing to see my mother's face.

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Hometowns

Jacksonville awaits me. With all of its glory. I wouldn't go back to Jacksonville ever probably if my family didn't live there. Despite every story that I've ever written being inspired by and about the people that I met and fell in love with there, Jacksonville doesn't bring me feelings of warmth or comfort. There's something very stale about it. As if it's sort of stuck. When I go back, it doesn't seem to have moved forward much. With the exception of the occassional strip mall that pops up. It's interesting taking Mark back to my hometown. It parallels Houston in so many ways. Although it lacks the museums that Houston prides itself on. Rightfully so. Oh and Jacksonville no longer has an arthouse movie theater. That ... oh man, that is pretty depressing. There are a million movie theaters in that large expanse of a town, but none of them play the right movies. I would die if I lived there again. Honestly, I would be really miserable.

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Details, Updates

I'll make a list:

1) Donise Hardy starts local casting tomorrow.
2) Stacy and I are going to NYC on the 23rd to meet Michael Emerson.
3) We're starting to assemble more crew members (props, ads, coordinators).
4) Kurt and I are 9 scenes away from finishing up storyboards.
5) Finalized details on the camera we'll be using.
6) Thursday I leave for Florida to see my family for the weekend. I need a mother's hug.

Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Stress

I'm feeling quite stressed today. Everyone has questions for me. Everyone wants to tell me something or ask my opinion. I'm wanting to tell them I'll get back to them when I'm less overwhelmed. It's just today. I'll feel better tomorrow. I'm thankful there are no meetings tonight. I want to eat dinner and stare at a wall.

Monday, April 04, 2005

Jacksonville, FL

It's almost a done deal. Donise spoke with Michael Emerson's agent today. She said he's one of the nicest agents she's ever talked to. They're working out the details of the contract. This feels meant to be. I'm so excited. He's going to be brilliant. We lived in Jacksonville at the same time and I took an acting workshop from him when I was like 15 or something like that. I remember how amazing he was. I admired him so much.

Karen Allen and I emailed back and forth last week. We've been talking about her doing JUMPING for almost three years now. Ever since I wrote it practically. Sadly, her summer schedule conflicts with ours. It's ok though. Perhaps we'll work together on another film down the road.

More cast stuff is still up in the air. But everything is falling into place beautifully. I'm a firm believer that everything happens for a reason.

Friday, April 01, 2005

Stitches.

Storyboarding on Thursday nights with Kurt and Jim is my new favorite thing to do. The late night giddiness and senseless babbling. The kind of laughter that you're not really sure why you're laughing, but whatever it is, it's so friggin' funny your sides hurt. I love those boys so much. Good friends rule.