Friday, December 29, 2006

Comforting Tunes

I got a mass email from Matt Dentler several weeks ago about coming up with 5 favorite albums from 2006 for his Indiewire Blog. Sadly, I never replied because I'm so far behind on music it's not even funny. Luckily Mark goes to Waterloo every Tuesday to pick up the latest and greatest. I don't remember the last time I bought a new CD. I rely on his purchases to bring me new music throughout the year. With the lameness of my CD player in my car, the only time I listen to music is through my headphones at Quacks. With all of that said, here are a few of the artists that I've used and abused over the last year.

  • Wolf Parade - Can't get enough of 'em.

  • Kelly Clarkson - God Bless the Dallas bred Pop Star. I love her, I love her, I love her. People look at me funny when "Since U Been Gone" comes on the radio and I freak out. Not to mention, she's nice and a good role model for young girls.

  • Gnarls Barkley - "Crazy" = best single of 2006.

  • Cat Power - Comfort through and through.

  • Kurt and Meredith's Mixed CD from their April Wedding - I think this might be the CD I've listened to the most this past year. Tracks from Ride, Michael James, Wolf Parade, The New Pornographers ...

  • Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - They just put a big ole smile on my face.

Ann Elise and Grace Louise



A huge congratulations goes out to Daniel and Reda for giving birth to twins on 12/27/06. Daniel was our music supervisor on jumping and a friend since high school. Reda and I used to be the Chief and Assistant Chief Announcers at the Florida State Radio Station. I can't wait to meet the little ladies.

Sunday, December 24, 2006

On Holiday

Family
E True Hollywood Stories
Endless Cable
Mrs. Osborn Home Made Meals
Mrs. Osborn Home Made Cookies and Granola
Dancing with Isabella to the McDonald's Toy Theme Song

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Additions

Ok, so after reviewing Mark's list of movies he watched last year I realized I left one out. AND I watched Little Children yesterday.

The Proposition
It's not just a movie, it's a piece of great art. The words, the colors, the characters. I know it's been said before but, it's poetry on a screen. And I must say, Danny Huston is one of the most underappreciated actors working right now.

Little Children
It's quite a bit to swallow. It's vastly different from what I expected. Again, I'm going to have to go with the performance that left me a little breathless. Jackie Earl Haley has made quite the comeback. I can't seem to get his character out of my head. There's a swimming pool scene in the film that might be one of my favorite scenes of last year.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

2006 Movies I Loved

These didn't necessarily come out in 2006. I just saw them this year.

Dark Water (Original)
This film left me weeping uncontrollably. I haven't been that emotionally struck by a film in a really long time.

Monster House
It made me feel like a kid again. This might be my number one from 2006. I want to make a movie like this.

Nobody Knows
I know that it took me a ridiculously long time to get around to this film. Afterlife is one of my all time favorites, so I had no excuse. I'm simply in awe of Hirokazu Koreeda.

Little Miss Sunshine
I laughed so hard my cheeks hurt. What can I say, I'm in love with this family.

The Illusionist
I completely forgot about the world for two hours. I thought it was rock solid. It's what Hollywood wishes it could be.

Chalk
This film had so much heart on screen. I don't think they could've fit any more up there. It made me super proud to be a part of the Austin film scene.

Half Nelson
Ryan Gosling is a force to be reckoned with and he found his match in Shareeka Epps. Stunning performances.

She's The Man
Amanda Bynes is destined for greatness. My prediction is that she'll end up in the Comedy Hall of Fame if there is such a thing.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Spiders, Boy Scouts and PETA , oh my!

I finished the first draft of the next script. It's based on a one-act play that I wrote in college. Again, family comedy. I'm on the family comedy kick. You'd guess it if you saw my list of rentals from The Movie Store over the past several months. I handed it off to some preliminary readers for notes. I'm anxious to get feedback and get back to work. It's a fun script. And a good message.

C'mon!

I'm ready for the holidays. I've completed all gift buying. Everything needed to be mailed has been mailed.

While in Houston with Mark's family over the holidays, I have some research assignments for our Documentary Series. We'll be shooting a promo in January when Barbara comes down from New York. I have to do some preliminary scouts in Houston. It's a fun assignment. One that I might take the whole family on.

I'll also be writing a proposal for a community based project that I'm creating. Knock on wood it comes together because it'll be super cool.

And I need to firm up the outline for my Spring Classes. I have most of the outlines plotted out already, but I need to fill in some blanks here and there.

Still in distribution conversations with jumping off bridges. We're finalizing a Study Guide to go along with the film for educational purposes. Now we're getting educational distributors urging us to bring it down to an hour. Argh. I'm about to put my foot down. Seriously. It's getting a bit frustrating. Yes, we never intended this, yes, it's been great, but an hour? C'mon!

Monday, December 18, 2006

Green Cine's 20 Worthy, Undistributed Films from 2006 Festival Screenings

This made my day.

Congrats to Bryan, Jake and Todd as well.

For those of you in Austin, Todd is (hopefully) bringing The Guatemalan Handshake in the Spring.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Merit Badge Research

Research for a new screenplay.

Did you know that you can get Boy Scout Merit Badges for the following ... ?

Rabbit Raising
Beekeeping
Consumer Buying
Crime Prevention
Fingerprinting
Mammal Study
Truck Transportation

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Slow but steady

Things are a little slow around here. We're in a holding pattern for several projects. I love the holiday season, more than any other season, BUT everything comes to a standstill by early to mid-December.

We'll be shooting a promo for Roadside Texas in January/February. We're solidifying the treatment with Barbara and getting really excited about it.

Brain Brawl is heading in a few different directions. Again, holding pattern. But every avenue is really promising and involves great people.

We're continuing to set up screenings with jumping off bridges. We're also in "get distribution" mode. We've been talking to lots of folks and hoping that we have a foreign sales agent and educational distributor locked down by January.

In other more personal fronts ... I'm working on putting together some film programs with various organizations in town for next year. I'm meeting some wonderful folks in non-profits around town. My eyes are being opened to another world it seems.

Young Masters Program for 8th - 12th Graders

About the Young Masters Program

The Young Masters Program is a unique program intended to encourage talented young Texas artists. Recipients receive a scholarship for up to $2,500 a year, to be renewed for up to 3 years, not to go beyond the summer after high school graduation. Only one application per student is allowed in this program.

This scholarship is NOT for college. It is intended for Texas students from 8th through 12th grade who are pursuing advanced artistic study through summer intensives, special unique artistic training opportunities, and artistically significant opportunities.

Monday, December 11, 2006

This Filmmaking Community of Mine

I was absolutely delighted to see a bunch of short films at The Austin Film School during their "open mic night" last night. From a beautifully shot music video about a couple in a car to this teenager making a documentary about hipsters doing tricks on bikes in an Oltorf parking garage. The quality and creativity took me for a loop. And quite honestly, the open and embracing environment that Karl and The Austin Film School create for people to come test out their films blew me away. Everyone had wonderful things to say about everyone else. Other filmmakers were sincere in their constructive criticism, thinking of how to better each project.

Along the same lines, Stacy and I hosted a small producer/filmmaker ladies' brunch over the weekend that brought different filmmaking circles into the same room. The women left with ideas of working with each other and going out for coffee to get to know one another later on. We swapped stories about yoga instructors and made plans to see movies. We shared advice on producing, distributing, budgeting. This is what I love about this place. This is what I love about this filmmaking community of mine. We're growing up together. We're looking out for one another. Each filmmakers success in this town is everyone else's success.

Friday, December 08, 2006

The Austin Film School

I love this article. I love what these guys stand for. I love what they're bringing to the Austin Community and their devotion to education and kids. And I'm psyched to be a part of it next year.

Tractor Facts Top 10 Albums of 2006

Top Ten Albums of 2006

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Austin Community College Police Officers Scare Me

I meant to write about this, but Stacy beat me to it.

In her words ...

I had a brush with the law today, friends.
Yes, Kat, my partner in crime and I were together on this one.

Trouble makers, that's us. Always thumbing our noses at authority, challenging the social order, flaunting our freedoms.

We were trying to figure out where to park at ACC Riverside campus. We were due to speak at a class soon and were confused by the parking situation. We saw a police officer, "He can help us!"

That's when the trouble started, in an almost empty ACC parking lot, not many people, not much danger lurking, not that we can see anyway.

I pulled next to the patrol car, rolled my window down and said, "Hi there, Can you help us? We aren't sure where to park, we're here to speak at a class and..."

He was chewing. Chewing and glaring.

Officer: You just broke the law. Did you know that? You passed a vehicle on the right side and that is in violation of traffic code.

Me: I'm sorry. I wanted to ask you a question. I'm sorry.

Officer: Well, (smirk in his voice) I can help you with that, but first I need to let you know that passing on the right is against the law for a reason. (something about traffic codes and all again.)

Me: I didn't mean to break the law.

Officer: Park. Go in that building and sign in. BRING YOUR LICENSE PLATE NUMBER if you don't, you WILL GET A VIOLATION, I promise you that.

Me: Okay, Thank you sir. (weak smile)

I looked at Kat, I try hard to not laugh, I laugh when I'm tense and I'm starting to see how funny all this is, but I can feel the officer staring at me and my window is still down.

(Kat and I confer quietly.)
Me: Do I back up? I can't pass him on the right more, he might arrest me.
Kat: Maybe back up like you're going to park, then quick turn around and leave?

That's what we did. We didn't sign in, we didn't park in the lot. We parked on the street.

Watch out for unhappy cops. Somewhere at ACC Riverside, there is a cop who really wants to be a cowboy or a rockstar, maybe even a detective. He's not happy, we can tell you that.

10 Hours a Week Ain't That Bad

So I went to 10 hours/week at the day job this week. I have to say, I'm liking it. Very much. I have so much time to devote to film, it's awesome!

One thing I will say ... it was so nice not to wait on pins and needles this year to hear if we got into Sundance or Slamdance. I'd pretty much forgotten about all of the announcements. I'm super happy for all of the folks that did get in though!

Updates on the workshop ... my Script to Screen class is filling up quickly. I still have lots of space in my teen class. For any of you guys interested, shoot me an email at kat@storieproductions.com. I promise a fun 12 week filmmaking adventure next semester.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Catnip Curiosities

Someone left a bag of catnip on our doorstep today. Who is this mystery person looking out for our little one?

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Amre's Mercury Rev Article

Amre and I met deejaying at V-89 long ago in Tallahassee, FL. That was back when I was really up on the music scene, sang in a band called Jake Ryan and skipped many of my 8am classes. Anyhow, she's a dear friend and a great writer. She just published an article in the New York Press about Mercury Rev.

Friday, December 01, 2006

What, what it's a PC Check in.

So much has been happening this week, it's crazy.

JOB Screenings in the works are being sponsored by the Austin Independent School District, Fort Bend Independent School District, a special Mental Health Crisis Task Force for the Surgeon General, the state of Nevada, Shelby Independent School District, Heartbeat Monroe Support Group, Suicide Bereavement Support of Portland Oregon, Nevada Suicide Prevention Coalition ... We're also working with several big 2007 conferences.

Keeping our heads above water has been a lofty task.

Oh and my cat Pork Chop has been freaking out ever since we got home from Florida. Running in circles, attacking walls ... he's a squeirdo.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

My New Celebrity Crush

Channing Tatum

Me and Theo


This is Clare's little boy. I want one too.

Indie Spirit Award Congrats

A monstrous congratulations to the cast and crew of Chalk who were nominated for an Independent Spirit Award this morning. It's well deserved. Other notables ... Karin Chien's The Motel and Lars Knudsen, Jay Van Hoy, Anish Savjani for Old Joy.

Monday, November 27, 2006

The Tree of "Whoa"

There's a new running joke in my family about the Tree of "Whoa". I caught my dad half asleep, half watching Conan the Barbarian on Thursday morning. I should actually mention that my mom is a HUGE Arnold Schwarzenegger fan. And cyborg fan. She loves any movie with Arnold or cyborgs. With that said, she owns all the Conans on VHS. Well in this one particular scene in Conan the Barbarian, James Earl Jones sentences Conan to get tied to the Tree of Woe. I don't know why, but this sent me into a fit of giggles. I couldn't stop laughing. So for the rest of our Thanksgiving vacation we kept threatening each other with the Tree of "Whoa".

Thanksgiving Weekend Highlights

*My family. God bless the Candlers. We're a strange bunch, but the coolest family ever.
*Visiting Amasita in St. Augustine.
*My mom pushing me around super fast in a stroller through the busy St. George Street in St. Augustine while the rest of the family tried on armour and swords from a weird Dungeons and Dragons shop.
*Toasting Robert Altman before our Thanksgiving Dinner.
*My nephew Christian's snotty nose. It never stopped running.
*Dinner in Tallahassee with Dan, Jeannine and Jeff.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Teaching in full circle

So, it's a done deal. I'll be teaching two classes next semester at the Motion Media Arts Center. One for teens, one for adults. They'll both be 12-week classes. If you've been wanting to learn how to make movies, or even just want to hang out for 12 weeks, you should sign up.

It's kind of funny. Full circle really. I'll be teaching in the same space where I took my very first filmmaking class from Steve Mims way back in 1997.

Robert Altman

There are a small handful of filmmakers that I idolize ... Terrence Malick, Ang Lee, Cassavetes and Robert Altman. With that said, today leaves me with much sorrow over the death of Mr. Altman. I read an interview he did about a year ago that inspired me. Gave me permission to flick off anyone who told me I couldn't do it. Anyone who would ever doubt me. He gave me permission to make good movies, bad movies, experiment, play around with the art and love every second of it. He was a filmmaker that loved people, characters, life, love, hope. He brought us a different unique world with every film he did and laughed and cried with every moment he put on screen. He never stopped. He never took no for an answer. He made movies until the day he died. God damn, I love that man. I wish I drank. I would hold a beer up to the heavens and say "this one's for you Bob". Instead, I think I'll just keep making movies.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Is this the end?

Our fall tour officially wrapped last night with a screening in DC. Stacy said there were over 270 people in attendance. I'll let her talk more about the experience on her blog. But just in the conversation from the airport to her house, it sounded like it was a complete success.

So where do we go from here? We'll start calling up the distributors again. Show them what we've done. Where we're at. Who we've aligned ourselves with. The work has just begun on the next phase.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Washington DC

Stacy and Leslie are in DC today for our two screenings. We had a screening this morning to over 100 guidance counselors in the Montgomery County School System. I'm still waiting to hear from Stacy on how the panel went afterwards. Tonight is our big screening sponsored by NIH, NIMH and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Yesterday we got three requests to screen the film in various parts of the U.S.. Hopefully those requests will keep coming in. I'm working on a distribution packet to take to distributors. We'll hit that pretty hard once Stacy and Leslie return. I'm hoping some of the educational distributors make it to the screening tonight.

We're working like crazy on our two new projects that our in development. Our friend Barbara Ghammashi is working with us on Roadside Texas and our friend Richard Bever is working with us on Brain Brawl. It was just a matter of time before those two teamed up with us. We've known them both for several years and have shared aesthetics, work ethics and sensibilities and they're good people with big hearts. It's nice to have good people teammates.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

From the Ramada at Segundo

As a reward for a successful week in LA, Stacy and I treated ourselves to a night in a hotel that included cable TV, Wifi internet access, facial masks and dark chocolate. Heaven.

The screening was a complete success. We had a great turn out. Like a huge reunion of friends, new and old and lots of folks we didn't know.

The Didi Hirsch folks were wonderful. It was an emotional panel discussion afterwards that was sadly cut too short by the theater owner. We could've easily gone another half hour.

Michael Emerson was a huge hit chatting it up with all of the LOST fans afterwards.

All in all, our trip was incredible. We were able to make progress with Brain Brawl, jumping off bridges and visit with so many friends. I'm anxious to get home and get to work on what's next on our list of things to do.

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Thirty-Two

I turn thirty-two today. Me and Leonardo DiCaprio. We were born on the same day of the same year. If I had to share that day with anyone, I'm happy to share it with him.

I could go on some long, drawn out prose about getting older, blah, blah, blah, but I won't. I love where I am and I psyched about what's next. I have my favorite boy, my angel of a kitty cat, the best friends I could ever ask for and I'm in the midst of following my bliss.

I just have to say to you, Los Angeles ... I'm sorry. I had you all wrong. I expected one thing and you gave me another. You've killed me with kindness. So when Stacy posed the question randomly yesterday while at the corner of LaBrea and Wilshire, "New York or Los Angeles, don't think about it, just answer quickly?". Well, shit, I said Los Angeles.

Friday, November 10, 2006

Friday Morning, Los Angeles

It's been a good trip so far. Much like New York, I'm seeing and reconnecting with old friends. Getting the lay of the land. I feel like an old pro driving around here. We saw Haley Joel Osment last night riding his bike up to a party for Paste Magazine. Celebrity sightings = three. We hung out with my friend Effie and her puppy Foxy. We met a new guy through a friend of a friend who works in "the biz". And last night had Vietnamese at a restaurant with no signs on the outside of the building with my friend Margot. I haven't seen Margot since she left Stanton my ninth grade year. She's just the same and she's I am too. She's still hyper, crazy and fun. I love it. And she makes cool shoes that celebrities like to wear. Ok, I've gotta hop in the shower and get ready for today.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Wednesday, November 8th

It's late. 1am in Texas time. Hence why I feel like collapsing.

I'm sitting at Aaron's house after watching a bunch of footage from their upcoming documentary Zombie Girl. It looks fantastic and I can't wait for him to finish!

Celebrity Sightings: Steve Martin, Peter Gallagher

Tested the projection in the theater we'll be screening in. It looks beautiful and the theater's gorgeous.

Please, please, please tell all of your friends about out LA screening. We need the butts in the seats.

More tomorrow. Gotta sleep.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Chicken and Waffles

I'm watching The 40-Year Old Virgin riding out the time before I take a cab to the airport. Another 4 hour non-stop plane ride to Los Angeles. It's the chest waxing scene. Poor Steve Carell. Oh my god. Are some men really that hairy. Whoa.

The meetings are set up, the DVDs and press kits are packed. We're ready to go. We'll get to meet up with friends, film friends, film contacts and MAYBE, just MAYBE we'll get to take in a movie while we're there.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Home Again Home Again Jiggity Jog

I'm home! After spending 8 hours in an airport and on a plane today. I don't want to get back onto a plane on Tuesday. Argh. Someone invent beaming from place to place soon, PLEASE. I had a movie on the way to NYC, but no movie back. Bummer.

Our NYC/New Jersery adventures were well worth the trip. We had three fantastic screenings. We had several promising meetings with folks for new projects and I got to see a TON of friends. AND little Theo.

I have a day and a half to get ready for Los Angeles. We also have screenings this week in Pittsburgh, Beaumont and Sarasota. We have some new comments and reviews and an interview on Green Cine updated on our JOB Press page.

I need to go to sleep now. Mark and I have a date tomorrow to celebrate my birthday a few days early.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

no sleep til brooklyn

it's late and i'm about to fall over from exhaustion. recap of the day ... morning breakfast with several sponsors of the montclair screening. a wonderful q&a with severl of montclair's advocates for mental health and suicide prevention. the screening was packed, probably over 130 students. ethiopian food at my favorite restaurant in the world with my girls karen, clare and stacy and a very late amre. and i finally got to meet theo who is as beautiful in real life as he is in the photos. i have to sleep now. i want to run through brooklyn in the morning. god bless karen for making our air mattress bed.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

12:58pm

My plane takes off at 5:30pm. I'll head to Montclair University for a full day of panels, discussions and a screening. And then, Manhattan. I'm completely nervous about this weekend. I'll think good thoughts. You think good thoughts too, please. That would be wonderful.

Two things that I'm most excited about my NY trip ... meeting Clare's newborn, Theo and watching the New York City Marathon. Ok, three things ... seeing all of my kick ass friends who live in town and are coming in from out of town.

Chronicles of New York City coming soon.

Dark Water

Mark rented Dark Water, the original Japanese version for our Halloween festivities. I thought I was in for a night of jumping out of my seat scares and covering my face with a blanket. Little did I know I'd be a bawling baby, curled up in the corner of our Lazy Boy. It hit me pretty hard. The story explores the idea of abandonment. Motherless children. When I was very young I went to Girl Scout Camp for two weeks. I spent two excruciating weeks crying myself to sleep, wondering if my mom was coming to get me, feverish and sick. I asked repeatedly to call her so I could go home, but the teenage camp counselors told me that wasn't possible. I was eight, maybe nine. Only three times in my life have I felt violently sick to my stomach from from grief ... when Aaron died, during my eight year break up and Girl Scout Camp. I had no idea this movie would push me to the ground and trample me until exhaustion. It's not the haunting image of a faceless child down a long rotting hallway that slithered under my skin, but the childhood feelings of abandonment. My mother didn't abandon me. She had no idea that I was lying awake every night in a cabin in the woods wondering when I would see her again. Aching in my belly. The whole year after that I had extreme panic attacks if my mom was two minutes late picking me up. I refused countless invitations to slumber parties and to spend the night with my friends. I was deeply afraid I'd be left behind and forgotten about. I'm ready to sleep and forget about all of this. Sadly I don't think I'll be able to. I don't remember the last time a film caught me off guard like this.

Monday, October 30, 2006

it always is

my head is reeling. i had a really nice, relaxed weekend complete with a few movies, a good book, a few naps, mandolas, some friends ... and then this morning, after i finished a long run in this amazing weather i felt like i was gonna lose it. all of a sudden i'm anxiety ridden, panic stricken, feeling like my heart will rip out of my chest. our new york screening is this weekend and los angeles is next weekend. hell, i pretty much forgot about my birthday in all of the crazed preparations. i'm getting to a point that i'm ready for everything to be over. i'm ready to stop emailing a million people a day, wondering, praying that some of them will show up to a screening. i'm tired of worrying about the fact that i'm going freelance soon. no more good insurance coverage, no more vacation days, sick days, holidays ... this is a total turning point for me. all of this. everything. it's almost like sink or swim. cutting the rope. i wish i drank alcohol. i wish i could calm my frayed nerves with a glass of wine or a gin and tonic.

i've been worrying a lot lately. about everything really. having kids, having money, financing the next project, paying off investors from the last one, whether i'm a good writer, good director, good human being, good wife, good friend ... it'll pass. it always does. i'm just in a strange place today. tomorrow will be different. it always is.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

A party is in order

I've poked my head out from my theoretical office to see a few friends here and there. It's been nice. Even at the AFS Committee meeting yesterday it was good to see faces I haven't seen in a long while.

Many years ago I used to have big parties all the time. I was known for them. Introducing so and so to so and so. Probably once every other month or something crazy like that I had gatherings in my back yard and a mix of faces and friends. I was all about everyone in the film community knowing everyone else. I was always shocked when so and so didn't already know so and so because so and so could really help so and so with such and such.

The last gathering I had was about a year ago at the Driskill with all of my film friends and film acquaintances. I'll have another one soon. I promise. After we get back in mid-November, I'll set something up. I'll make it more regular too. It is nice to catch up, find out what everyone's been working on, trading contacts, ideas. I think it's important to our film community to grow and gain momentum. So yes, a party is in order.

November Screenings

These are all right around the corner. Here are dates, cities and theaters. For more info go here ....

11/2 - Montclair, NJ, Montclair State University
11/3 and 11/4, New York, NY, Pioneer Theater
11/4 and 11/5, Seguin, TX, Palace Theater
11/7 and 11/8, Sarasota, FL, Burn Court Cinemas
11/11, Beaumont, TX, Lamar University
11/12, Los Angeles, CA, Fine Arts Theater
11/15, Washington DC, AFI Silver
11/17 and 11/18, Atlanta, GA, The Plaza Theater

Monday, October 23, 2006

La Tazza Fresca and KMFA

I've become a frequent patron to La Tazza Fresca and a lover of KMFA. The environment here beats the socks off of Quacks. It's quiet, the KMFA tunes are soothing, the wifi is consistent and the people are always nice.

We had a great meeting with the women who head up the AISD guidance counselors. We're putting together a screening in February for Counselors Week. We'll try and duplicate the screening for San Antonio, Dallas and Houston.

I had a really wonderful chat with Anne Kelley at Motion Media Arts Center. I'm hoping to work there either as a contract teacher or as an employee. I love what they're doing and who they're reaching. When I first moved to Austin in 1997 I took Steve Mim's Austin Film Works class in that very same space. It's amazing how much it's changed. I'm anxious to figure out how it'll all work out. Got to see Jake briefly. It was good to see his sweet face.

I found out today that I'll be employed with Cycorp through November. That gives me enough time to work out future job details. It all happened for a reason. I just know it.

Friday, October 20, 2006

Quacks - They're playing good music!

It's Friday. Friday's are good. Friday's mean I get to clean the house a little, put away everything I've been meaning to file for that last week, stare at Pork Chop and rub his belly, sit in a coffeeshop the entire day and work on Storie stuff. Today I get to see my friends. We have a lunch date. It's not often that I get to see them anymore. It's my fault for being so friggin' busy. And this weekend I have a hiking date with Meredith. After the big blow this week I need that time to wander through the woods with a good friend.

I found out that my part-time situation at work will end soon. In a few weeks I'll get laid off permanently. I'm still wondering if it's a good thing. I can only hope so. I've gotten a few leads for film teaching opportunities. I refuse to sit at another desk from 9am - 6pm wasting my time without even a window to stare out of. I have mad skills. I need to use those skills. And what better way to do it than working with kids. I always said if I wasn't making movies, I'd be working for some non-profit for children.

Everything else in the world is moving forward at a pace that I'm still trying to catch up to. Instead of my list of things to do shortening, it just grows and grows. I don't know why, but we've been getting several distributors requesting screeners again. It comes in phases. Please god let us sell this film soon.

Pittsburgh called yesterday. They want to rent the film.

Damn, I'm hungry.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Houston and Nashville Summation

Houston went really well. It was probably my favorite panel discussion. We had an audience comprised mostly of the Houston mental health and suicide prevention community with a few SWAMP members here and there.

We couldn't get very much press in Houston to save our life. The Chronicle and Houston Press were non-responsive after multiple emails and phone calls. I guess it's just a big town. With that said, I was happy we got the crowd we did just through emails and word of mouth.

After the screening we hung out with Rhett, Becky, Michelle and Gerald. It was great to see Rhett and catch up. That boy makes me smile.

Apparently we had about 75 folks in Nashville. Savannah was pretty pleased with how it all went. She said we got a good response. The woman from NAMI who came and answered questions wants to bring the film back for more of the mental health community.

Savannah called as she was getting into Memphis on Sunday lost and trying to get directions to the theater. We haven't heard from her since.

We have a review (apparently favorable) coming out in Counseling Today which will go out to all of the American Counseling Association members in November.

We've already sold tickets in NYC!!! YEAH!!! I want to sell out both screenings big time.

CHALK at Austin Film Festival

This is probably one of my all time favorite films to come out of Austin. It's sweet, laugh out loud funny and has a huge, huge heart. I hope you can go support these guys. They made a wonderful film.
Kat

SAT OCT 21st, 7PM, IMAX
TUE OCT 24th, 7PM, REGAL ARBOR

SYNOPSIS:
In the comedic tradition of The Office and the films of Christopher Guest, Chalk pulls its viewer into the frenetic and awkwardly painful journey of three novice high school teachers as they navigate one memorable school year. Director Mike Akel provides a rare and realistic teacher’s perspective into the absurd, provocative and occasionally volatile world of public education, where “fifty percent of America’s teachers quit within their first three years.” Ultimately as touching as it is comedic, Chalk offers a hilarious and hopeful look at public education in America.

Saturday, October 14, 2006

I'm gonna FMLA your ass.

Tracy and I are cold chillin at the Osborns in Houston. We spent most of Friday in the car chatting up a storm crusing down I-10. Once in Houston, we spent a good while in search of WIFI. Houston has no WIFI. Where's the WIFI? We had a really, really good interview with 90.1 KPFT. Our interviewer asked interestings questions and I felt somewhat well spoken. When it comes to my public speaking skills, it's hit or miss. In Tallahassee I felt like I fumbled all over the place. Maybe it's the crowds of people staring at me, I don't know.

So today we're going to the Angelika to see Jesus Camp have a few meetings and then set up for the screening. Savannah called yesterday a little nervous about her screening in Nashville today. I know that girl will be fine. She's always known the right thing to say and been extremely eloquent in interviews and in questions and answers. She's just silly, I tell you.

Stacy emailed telling us that she was running 10 miles this morning. So to keep up with her, I added 30 minutes to my normal 70 minute run.

Oh, and I heard word that we're getting a good review in the American Counselors Association publication. Yeah!

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Sweet Home Alabama

Apparently our screening in Tuscaloosa went really well. About 75 people showed up. A pretty decent crowd for little to no advertising. I know that the University of Alabama has a huge mental health emphasis. They have a whole research center devoted to it. Kerry mentioned that several folks stayed long after discussing the film.

Still waiting to find out the numbers at the Connecticut screenings. I talked with a professor at a community college in New Haven who sent her entire class so they could discuss the film this week. If only all the teachers would do that.

I've exhausted all publicity efforts in Nashville, Houston and Memphis. Not sure what else I can do. With that said, I've begun the LA, NY and DC spreadsheets, press releases and lists. I can see all three being really big. We don't have to do much in the way of publicity for DC. The NIH should do all of it for us. They're still working out the details for a day screening that would include all of the guidance counselors in Montgomery county. We're working out something similar in Austin that would happen in February.

I'm ready for Zen. Stacy's picking up Annalise at the airport and then we're supposed to meet up at Zen. It was the first place Annalise wanted to go after stepping off the plane. :)

Nashville, Houston and Memphis

NASHVILLE, 10/14
Saturday, October 14th
2:30pm
Belcourt Theater (2102 Belcourt Avenue)
Tickets are $8.00 general admission, $6.00 Students
Nashville NAMI Representative and actress, Savannah Welch in Attendance
For more information: http://www.jumpingoffbridges.com

HOUSTON, 10/14
Saturday, October 14th
7:00pm
Rice Media Center (Corner of University Blvd and Stockton, entrance #8 on the Rice University Campus)
Tickets are $6.00 general admission
Co-sponsored by the Houston SPC and Southwest Alternative Media Project
A panel discussion will follow with John Sargent (Baylor College of Medicine and Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry), Sharon Derrick (Harris County Medical Examiner's Office), Patricia Weger, (Houston Independent School District), and Molly Wilkins, (Harris County Hospital District).
For more information: http://www.jumpingoffbridges.com

MEMPHIS, 10/15
Sunday, October 15th
4:45pm
Muvico Peabody Place 22 Theater
Tickets are $6.00
Actress, Savannah Welch in Attendance
For more information: http://www.jumpingoffbridges.com and http://www.indiememphis.com/film.htm.

Clare's a Mama

Clare's always been the mom in our circle of friends. She's the voice of reason and authority through kindness. She took care of us through hugs, words of advice and sweet kisses on the forehead when life threw us curve balls. She's been the thread that has sewn us all together. Now she's a mom for real. Last night she gave birth to a baby boy. Theo. I cried when I got Karen's voicemail at 7:30am this morning. If anyone is fit to be a mom, it's Clare. Her baby boy will be spoiled with love and adoration. Between Rich and Clare, two of the coolest parents, Theo will be a science genius, earth loving, politically minded, booty shaking, indie rocker with a great love for humanity. I can't wait to squeeze his little cheeks next month.

Monday, October 09, 2006

CSI on the radio.

I'm back in Austin from a jam packed trip to Jacksonville and Tallahassee. Of course we had the biggest crowd at the last screening. The one I couldn't stay for because I had to drive back to Jacksonville. And speaking of which, did you know they air television shows on the radio? I listened to CSI and Cold Case as I drove down the long, lonely I-10. It was pretty cool until I realized I'd already seen that episode of CSI. Luckily Leslie called and we chatted from Live Oak to Jacksonville.

Below are some photos of Dan and Jeannine. Dan and Jeannine are at the theater every weekend, popping popcorn, tearing tickets, running projection. They love movies. They really love movies. I tried to convince them and John (the other half of the Film Society) to come visit Austin the next chance they get. They're such good people.




Now Stacy, Leslie, Tracy and I are gearing up for Houston, Nashville and Memphis this coming weekend. I'm driving to Houston on Friday and probably won't be back in town until Sunday morning. Just in time to meet up with our good friend, David Lowery.

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Borders and Me

I've become a great friend to the Borders in Tallahassee. We've been spending a lot of time together lately.

The screenings went really well last night. We were competing against "First Friday" which was about a block away. The music blared and the cars were honking but luckily the walls of the theater are thick brick. The projection was beautiful and the audiences loved the film. I got a wonderful response. I saw some friends I hadn't seen since high school graduation and professors who taught me poetry and short fiction.

Dan and John who run the Tallahassee Film Society use a really, really old Amtrak Station that they've conerted into a theater. It's beautiful.



We have two more screenings tonight and then I drive back to Jacksonville. I'll get to see my family in the morning before I fly back to Texas. I'm anxious to get back and see my boy. I always wish he could come with me on these trips, but sadly, we can't afford it. I told him that someday soon, when we have more money that he'll come with. Our kids too. When we have them, of course.

Friday, October 06, 2006

Back in Tally

I'm sitting in my hotel room watching Saved By the Bell - The College Years and catching up on emails.

I spent yesterday with my family, talking to about 50 or so kids at Stanton, catching up with Brian Heggood and Claire Clark and having dinner with Garrick and Liz. I drove to Tallahassee in record time dancing in my car to SexyBack.

We had a really nice review come out in the Tallahassee Democrat today. Also an article in the FSView came out yesterday.

I'm curious how things will go tonight. I can't wait to see the theater. They converted the old Amtrak station into a theater.

I have no clue how the screenings in Alabama and Connecticut went last night. I'm extremely curious.

We're talking to the Alamo South about doing a week run in early January for those who weren't able to get into the screening in Austin on Tuesday.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

LOST Tonight

Don't miss the season premiere of LOST tonight. Michael Emerson, we're so proud of you!!!

Letters from the Other Side

Austinite Heather Courtney's documentary, Letters from the Other Side is playing on PBS all over the U.S. Please check out the listings for when it's playing in your city.

The film interweaves video letters carried across the U.S.-Mexico border by the film's director with the personal stories of women left behind in post-NAFTA Mexico.

Selling Out

We sold out the Alamo again last night. I think we sold out an hour or two before the screening started. It was a nice feeling. I had to sneak some friends in who bought tickets to The Science of Sleep. And what was really great was that I recognized very few people. After doing a poll of the audience, many were counselors, guidance counselors, professors and students from UT. Excellent! That's the direction we've headed in our publicity efforts and last night was a testament that it's working. We had an incredible panel who spoke eloquently to the problems of suicide and mental health. I've talked to Dianna Groves about setting up a screening for all 200 or so counselors in the Austin School District.

I leave in a few hours for Florida. I have four screenings in Tallahassee this weekend. Tomorrow we have a screening at the University of Alabama and in New Haven. And then Saturday we have a screening in Bethel, CT. Between Stacy, Leslie, Tracy and myself we've hit up universities, high schools, government agencies, juvenile probation officers, you name it, we've emailed and called them.

I'm speaking to a class of drama and film students at my old high school tomorrow. That might be the highlight of my trip. I'm also trying to find the professor at Florida State who sort of pushed me in the direction of filmmaking.

A belated Happy Birthday to my nephew Robert Candler who is one of the cutest, sweetest, grown up little boys I've ever met.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

I wish I had more time to blog

God, I wish there was more time. Ok, really quick.

The San Antonio screening went really well. We had a nice size crowd. The panel discussion afterwards was great and went long. I met some wonderful folks. One of the little alternative teenagers that came compared it to The Virgin Suicides. I wanted to go hug him.

Sunday Leslie and I attended a fundraiser for a local mental health organization, the Milestone Foundation. We sat at a table with Vincent Calderon who's putting together a festival for films dealing with mental health in the spring.

Tonight we screen in Austin. As of yesterday morning, we had 70 tickets left to sell. I'm hoping we sell out big time tonight. We're competing against the Veronica Mars season premiere and the Dionysium. Maybe I can stick my head over in the Dionysium and say hi to Meredith.

Projection has been the bane of my existence lately. It looked so crappy in San Antonio. Not quite as crappy in Kansas City, but still pretty crappy. Stacy and I tested the projection at the Alamo yesterday. Holy moly it was gorgeous. I wish I could take that projector with me to every single screening. Seriously. It breaks my heart to see the film look like shit at some of these theaters. I slide down in my seat and just cringe. It's pretty painful.

Gotta bolt. Much to do.

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Connecticut Review

The Fairfield Weekly

Applauding someone I could never be

The hard part is not the publicity or the endless emails or the phone calls to universities, or the fretting about distribution or money. The hard part is after a screening or during a Q&A when someone tells us their story. Inevitably, I cry or am on the edge of tears.

I applaud the individuals who devote their life to awareness and outreach. They are strength like I've never seen. But could I do it? I don't know. Probably not. I know that this film will take us through several more months of intense screenings and Q&As and after that it will taper off and find new direction, and hopefully new hands to carry it the rest of the way. I'll move on to a different story, different characters and a whole new world. This may sound awful, but I'm looking forward to moving on. It's been a rollercoaster of emotion. I'm extremely happy with what we're doing and how it's affecting people. The more I get entrenched in it, the more emotional weight I find myself carrying. It's nice to be a part of something much larger than my little world, but I'm growing anxious to retreat back. I'm just being honest, I guess.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Holding hands with the government

We just landed a screening in DC sponsored by the NIH. This is HUGE. This is motherfucking huge!!!! Leslie Langee, we owe it all to you, my dear. You are the queen of our DC screening!!! You are the queen of hooking us up with the US government.

And I quote, "Everyone agreed at the meeting that your group has created a film that is needed by the mental health professional community." We're needed. We're loved!!! I'm so excited.

AND to top it off, because it's a government screening, it has to be captioned. And because we can't afford to do the captioning ourselves, they're doing it for us. DUDE. I'll be on high all day long.

Wednesday

With Tallahassee, San Antonio, Austin, Bethel, New Haven and Tuscaloosa next week, we've been working like the tiny, little tigers that we are.

I love when you email some random person in some random city about a screening and that leads to all of these different avenues, opportunities and screenings. It's nice when strangers jump on the bandwagon. That's been happening a lot lately.

We picked up a festival in Sarasota yesterday. We're working on a week run in Dallas for early next year. Hopefully we can work something out with the Alamo in Austin for a week run later on. It's been on my list of things to do for months now.

I hop on a plane for Florida next week. We have four Tallahassee screenings. I'll get to visit with my nephews and my niece in Jacksonville, talk to some classes at my old high school and then drive over to Tally. I'm anxious to see old friends, Vinyl Fever, Waterworks, FSU ... I miss those college days.

A few press pieces and upcoming pieces ...
San Antonio Express

San Antonio Current

Austin Movie Show - Sunday, 10/1, 10pm, Channel 16, TV, Austin

The Ladies Room - Saturday, 9/30, 3pm, 1370AM, Radio, Austin

Monday, September 25, 2006

Heading Home

jumping off bridges is headed back to Jacksonville for a week long run at the San Marco Theater, October 13th - 19th. If you're in my hometown, tell all my friends!

Austin Tickets are selling fast ...

We've already sold a bunch of tickets for the Austin screening at the Alamo next Tuesday, October 3rd. If you're planning to go, get your tickets now at the Alamo South website.

San Antonio - Bethel, CT

For a full list of screenings, visit www.jumpingoffbridges.com.




San Antonio, TX – 9/30
Saturday, September 30th
7:00pm
Historic Guadalupe Theater (1301 Guadalupe Street @ South Brazos)
Tickets are $8 and can be purchased at the door.
Co-sponsored by the Bexar SPC
Panel discussion will follow the screening featuring.

Austin, TX – 10/3
Tuesday, October 3rd
7:00pm
Alamo Drafthouse South (1120 South Lamar)
Tickets are $10.00 general admission
Advanced Tickets available at: http://www.originalalamo.com/lamar/frames.asp
Co-sponsored by the Travis County SPC
Panel discussion will follow the screening with filmmakers and actors in attendance.

New Haven, CT – 10/5

Thursday, October 5th
7:00pm
Critereon Theater (86 Temple St)
Tickets are $9.00 (Advanced Tickets Available)

Tuscaloosa, AL – 10/5
Thursday, October 5th
7:00pm
Ferguson Center Theater (University of Alabama
Free – Open to the Public

Tallahassee, FL – 10/6 – 10/7
Friday and Saturday, October 6th and 7th
5:45pm and 7:30pm each night
All Saints Cinema
Tickets are $6.00 general admission

Bethel, CT – 10/7
Saturday, October 7th
7:00pm
Bethel Cinema (269 Greenwood Avenue)
Tickets are $9.00 (Advanced Tickets Available)

Thursday, September 21, 2006

SATURDAY WORKSHOP

We still have some space ...

AUSTIN WORKSHOP: Making a Low Budget Feature

Storie Productions presents "Making a Low Budget Feature"
a full day workshop

Kat Candler and Stacy Schoolfield have written, directed and produced narrative features, documentary features and short films. Last summer the team produced the feature film, "Jumping Off Bridges" (written and directed by Candler and produced by Schoolfield) .

They will talk about choosing scripts, scaling major scenes down to manageable proportions, casting, music clearances, storyboarding, press materials, budgeting, scheduling, equipment and shooting formats, fundraising and self-distribution .

TIME & LOCATION & FEE:
September 23rd (Saturday)
10:00am - 4:00pm
3721 Executive Center Drive (Near Mopac and Spicewood Springs Exit)
Suite 100
Austin, TX 78731
Fee: $60 advanced registration, $75 at the door

Reserve your spot today. Either pay with paypal at http://www.storiepr oductions .com/workshop. htm or by sending a check to:

Storie Productions
PO Box 301463
Austin, TX 78703 (*include your phone and email with your check so we can contact you to confirm your reservation and provide further details.)

For more information, contact us by email at info@storieproducti ons.com or phone at 512.771.5863 .

To learn more about Storie Productions, visit www.storieproductio ns.com,
www.jumpingoffbridg es.com, www.rescuemedocumen tary.com

What Past Participants had to say …

Thank you for a great workshop Saturday. I had a wonderful time and picked up a lot of information. I am now convinced more than ever that if any of my stories are going to be filmed, I have to make the movies myself .
Bastrop , 2006
You are both excellent teachers and your enthusiasm is contagious.
San Antonio, 2006

I walked away from your workshop feeling truly inspired and motivated. I must say, I hope I have the opportunity to work with people like you who have such a love and commitment to the art of filmmaking.
Austin, 2006

And so the list of things to do, grows and grows ...

Oh my god, my head is spinning. It might fall off.

Whoever said self-distribution was easy is a big fat liar! It's funny, Stacy emails me today, "This is so much fun!". What a weirdo.

Yeah, it is kinda fun. In a strange, demented sort of way.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Julia Candler Rules!

I just found out that my cousin Julia is a recipient of the ABC/Disney Talent Development Scholarship Grant Program. I couldn't be more proud. Julia is a comedic actress/writer and has been plugging away at it for many, many years. I remember when she told me over BBQ in Memphis that she was having doubts and was thinking of throwing in the towel. No deal. Candlers don't quit. We don't quit! God, I'm so proud.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Snowballs

Last night at the top of our whiteboard we listed our three main goals with this tour. They are as follows ....

1) Create press, hype, a snowball effect of interest.
2) Pay Back our Investors
3) Distribution Deal

The snowball is in effect. We've been getting phone calls and emails from universities, organizations and even parents who want to screen the film. It's kinda crazy, actually. I was telling Mark today that I'm a little nervous. I'm nervous that we're gonna be understaffed soon, not that we aren't already. We haven't even made the giant push to universities yet. I'm almost thinking that we need to hold off until we get a few more screenings out of the way and have a little more time.

Stacy and I are going to Book People today to meet with my friend Liz who's the buyer for Psychology and Health. She's giving us the lowdown on educational publishers and book distributors. After that, back to emails, press, press, press!!!

I can't wait for the Tally screening. It's gonna be super kick ass.

Oh, and if you're in Austin and haven't seen the film yet, go buy your ticket now from the Alamo South. We're hoping to sell that baby out!

Monday, September 18, 2006

When does the day end?

5:45am: Wake up, take a shower and head to Quacks Coffeeshop

6:30am - 8am: I'm the first customer of the day. Typically. I sit down with my hot tea and my laptop and work on returning emails from the weekend.

8am - 1:15pm: Day Job ... Cycorp. I set up travel arrangements for an employee heading to DC in a few weeks, order office supplies, change the printer toner, process ResearchCyc Licenses, collect and distribute the mail, call a hotel and beg for partial reimbursement for a cancelled reservation.

1:15pm - 2:00pm: Deposit a Travel Reimbursement check for a Film Festival. Head to Central Market for my daily granola fix. Check the Storie PO Box.

2:00pm - 5:30pm: Sit in Stacy's kitchen and work. Return emails. Follow up with press releases and press outlets for Austin and Nashville. Talk to the Suicide Task Force Leader for ACA. Chat over email with Savannah's mom about flyering Nashville. Answer an email for a post KC interview for Sun Publications. Talked to the upcoming venues about screening formats.

5:30pm - 6:30pm: Dinner with Stacy at Zen. Stacy buys, cause, well, after going part-time, I'm a little broke these days.

6:30pm - 9:30pm: Storie meeting with Stacy, Tracy and Leslie. We go over the weekends screenings in Kansas City, Albuquerque and Seattle. What worked, what didn't work, what can we do differently. Literally, we used two whiteboards and markers for our "strategic planning" session of the next several screenings. I think Stacy's in love with the whiteboards. I think Tracy took a photo to document the whiteboard obsession. I hope she'll send it to me so I can post it.

9:30pm - 10pm: Pick up hard drives from Justin to finish up the trailer.

Now: Bedtime. Brush my teeth and slide into bed.

It starts all over tomorrow. I wish there was more time. I wish I was more people. I wish we had a huge staff and money. :)

Saturday, September 16, 2006

You don't love me

Mark's head is in my lap trying to shove my hands away from the computer. "Stop" he insists. Sadly, I can't. I got home from Kansas City about two hours ago, tired, uneasy and a little panic stricken. We have five more screenings in the next three weeks and a TON of publicity and press to work on. This morning before an interview at the Holiday Inn I emailed Jeb Bush, Florida lobbyists, Senators, Representatives ... The NAMI folks emailed me back eager to get involved on the Tallahassee screenings. That's a sigh of relief. I'd like to get in good with them at the national level. They're pretty huge and far reaching.

The screening last night went really well. We had a full crowd most of whom stuck around for the Q&A after the screening. I spoke with lots of folks afterwards about their own experiences. That's always the hardest part. One man I could hear bawling for a good few minutes during the father/son fight scene. My friend Emma kept wiping away tears sitting next to me.

Unfortunately, the sound was all messed up. Not sure if it was from the projection or the transfer. I was missing a whole channel of sound. An older couple in front of me kept asking each other, "What'd he say?". I had to get up and crank the volume. It helped a little. My stomach turned through much of the film because of it. The color looked really off too. Emma said she noticed the sound but not the color. Argh. I hate that.

Mark just got up in a huff, "You don't love me". I gotta go.

Friday, September 15, 2006

Holiday Inn in Overland Park

Notes from a Holiday Inn in Overland Park, KS ...

Had a wonderful dinner with Emma and a yummy Thai restaurant last night.

Woke up at 5am to a nightmare. Got up and emailed every single mental health and suicide group I could find in Tallahassee. Started the process of universities ... I ditched my morning run because I couldn't tear myself away. I'm a fiend.

Met George Romero at a radio interview this morning. He's really tall. I kept to myself the fact that I've never seen any of his films. He seemed really sweet.

My mission today was to eat Ethiopian food for lunch. Mission accomplished. Yeah!

I have another interview in the morning before I leave for the teen section of the Kansas City Star.

My screening starts in about 3 hours. Luckily the party afterwards is at my hotel. I can eat, chat and come back to work. Oh god, I'm pathetic.

Press from Kansas City and Albuquerque:

UNM Today

Albuquerque Tribune

The Pitch

Thursday, September 14, 2006

On a jet plane ...

Stacy's in Salt Lake City on a layover enroute to Albuquerque. The screening in Seattle went well. Not as many people as we'd hoped for but the ones that came, loved it. Lesson learned ... most of the people who showed up were from suicide, mental health groups and the universities. We've been hitting them hard, we just have to hit more of them and harder. From that screening, the University of Washington wants to screen it for their students and the Youth Suicide Prevention Program wants to screen it in Spokane and Walla Walla. Not bad. One screening leads to three more. Excellent!

I'm heading to Kansas City in a few hours. Got my bags packed, my DVDs to sell, my work to do, my laptop and a script to read.

Got a nice little plug from The Pitch, Kansas City's weekly arts paper.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Humanistic Psychologists

Stacy left this morning for Seattle. I think we've exhausted all of our publicity efforts for this week's screenings. We've contacted print, radio, television, high school guidance counselors, universities (psychology, nursing, social work, film), counseling centers, film groups, filmmakers, friends, friends of friends, family, friends of family, random acquaintances, bloggers ...

Today I've been contacting all sorts of associations and organizations, from the National Association of Social Workers to the Association of Humanstic Psychologists. Anyone we can get on board. I'm all over the idea of lining up screenings with their conferences and conventions.

Yesterday I sent releases out for Nashville, today, Houston. My list of things to do exceeds my time in a day.

For those of you who have asked, the film wasn't out of sync. It was all in my head. I think I slipped a little off the deep end that night. I made my way back to the shallow end though.

A very, very Happy Birthday to Scott Bate today!

Storie Girls


Here we are. The four Storie Girls. From left to right, Tracy, Leslie, Stacy and Kat.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Prison Break and Poetry

Kristin Malko, who was in a screenplay reading that I directed a good while ago has a recurring role on Prison Break. Check her out Monday, September 11th, 18th and October 2nd. This girl's got major talent. I knew it was just a matter of time.

Also my Atlanta friend Chelsea Rathburn has her poem To a Crumbling House featured on Verse Daily today. Go Chelsea!

Friday, September 08, 2006

music that challenges the ears

I had a pretty kick ass interview this morning with Jim from the Albuquerque Tribune. I felt well spoken and articulate. That's rare. He asked pretty cool questions, maybe that's why. Stacy and I did a Seattle interview for some radio station later in the day ... me, not so well spoken. Maybe I exhausted my thoughtful, intelligent comments after the first interview.

I spent several hours investigating more educational distributors. Thought I'd write, but couldn't get my head in the right place. I've lost that writing bug for now.

So there's this one guy who works at Quacks. He plays music that's a challenge to sit through for hours at a time. Seriously, it's been grating on my nerves since about 2:30pm. It's almost 6pm. The girls next to me up and left because of it. I'm not a music snob or anything, but it's that avant garde/experimental stuff that's interesting for about 5 minutes. Please, please, please make it stop.

So everyone and their mother is having a baby. I got to sit down with Joe O'Connell last night and he, too, is gonna be a dad. My sincerest congrats to that man. Joe is my oldest journalist friend. He was my very first interview back when he was writing for the Statesman in 2000. It always puts a smile on my face to see him and an even bigger smile to find out he's gonna be a dad.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Out of Sync

The American Counseling Association is on board. Yeah! The folks over there seem really nice. This will help quite a bit. We've had a string of good luck with various organizations lately. Lorraine at the Didi Hirsch Community Mental Health Center in Los Angeles, Randy at the Mental Health Association of the Heartland ... they've all been really wonderful and supportive.

So the DVD that I watched of the new color correction last night was out of sync. NO!!! My absolute worst nightmare. Stacy and Justin are looking at it today. Please god, let it all work out before next week. We're scrambling in a big, big way. We have several interviews lined up this week for Albuquerque and Seattle radio stations, the Albuquerque Tribune, the San Antonio Express ... I'm crossing my fingers super tight so that these first few screenings go well.

Gnarls Barkley is playing in Austin next week for free. You have to have special passes or something lame like that. It's the first time I've been tempted to be the ninth caller to the local radio stations. I don't know why, but I'm completely obsessed with Danger Mouse and Cee-Lo lately.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Woe Day

It's Wednesday or as my co-worker likes to call it, "Woe Day".

I spent the weekend with the Osborns in South Padre. I think I had a record of not checking my email for almost 48 hours. Quite a feat for me. I had to sneak into the Sheraton Resort about a mile down the road and pretend I was a guest. I dodged a few security guards here and there. Back at the condo, I spent too much time watching Laguna Beach and the VMAs. Got a bit of sun, ate my new favorite snack, Veggie Wheat Thin Chips. God, they're totally addicting.

Next week we sort of officially start our tour. Stacy's heading to Albuquerque and Seattle. I'm heading to Kansas City. I've been living in hotels a lot lately. But I'm a whore for hotels. We'll see how all this goes. Think good thoughts for us. We're a few days from finalizing the film. Sound is done, we're just wrapping up color with Chadwick.

We hired an intern yesterday. Sadly, she has no idea what she's getting in to. Every time someone offers to help, they end up working full time and leaving their own life behind. This girl seems really kick ass though. I'm excited to see what she brings to the table.

I'm heading to Stacy's in a bit to finalize our trailer.

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Twins, whoa.

The sound mix is done. I left the studio around 10pm last night, weary eyed and half asleep. I go back to work on the trailer this afternoon. I'm anxious to get my hands dirty again. Mark said I'm headed in the right direction so that gave me a sigh of relief.

Did I mention that we added Birmingham? The University of Alabama's Counseling Center. Probably two screenings on campus, October 4th and 5th.

Mark and I head to South Padre this weekend with his family. I'm bringing my laptop, my two page list of things to do, two scripts to read and critique, several emails to follow up on and a couple of crosswords. Relaxation doesn't exist in my world right not.

I booked my ticket for Tallahassee today. October 4th - 8th. My old college stomping ground. It'll be good to see old friends, old hang outs (Waterworks, The Cowhaus) and the best college radio station in the world, V89. I'm really, really, really looking forward to it.

A HUGE, HUGE, HUGE congratulations to our music supervisor, Daniel Gill and his wife Reda who are having twin girls in January!!! I'm so jealous. :)

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Please don't let it end.

I'm about to head back into the sound studio with Justin. It'll be my life for the next two days.

Started a trailer for the film last night. We're hoping to get something up on Apple Trailers for this fall.

Looking into a TON of counseling centers to contact next week about screenings. Might be signing up an intern to help us with a lot of the University/School System stuff we're working on.

It never ever ever ends. But I'd be so sad if it did.

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Coffeeshops

Coffeeshops are my home away from home. My makeshift, traveling office. I've spent more time in Quacks this week then I have at my actual day job. Luckily tea is cheap. And luckily Matt, my barista gives me a discount.

I've spent all morning updating the jumping off bridges website. New cities, new co-sponsoring organizations, new thanks, new credits, new links, new, new, new. I'm actually waiting for Mark to wake up so I can put a kiss on his cheek. I hope he gets up soon. It's 11am. I've been up since 5:45am running, cleaning and working. Besides my butt's getting sore from sitting on this bench seat.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Los Angeles = Done

Sunday, November 12th, 12:30pm at the Fine Arts Theater. It seats 410 so we need everyone and their mom to come out for this.

Stacy and I will head to Los Angeles that weekend to celebrate our birthdays with our California friends.

Austin "Making a Low Budget Feature Film" Workshop

AUSTIN WORKSHOP: Making a Low Budget Feature

Storie Productions presents "Making a Low Budget Feature”
a full day workshop

Kat Candler and Stacy Schoolfield have written, directed and produced narrative features, documentary features and short films. Last summer the team produced the feature film, "Jumping Off Bridges" (written and directed by Candler and produced by Schoolfield).

They will talk about choosing scripts, scaling major scenes down to manageable proportions, casting, music clearances, storyboarding, press materials, budgeting, scheduling, equipment and shooting formats, fundraising and self-distribution .

TIME & LOCATION & FEE:
September 23rd (Saturday)
10:00am - 4:00pm
3721 Executive Center Drive (Near Mopac and Spicewood Springs Exit)
Suite 100
Austin, TX 78731
Fee: $60 advanced registration, $75 at the door

Reserve your spot today. Either pay with paypal at http://www.storieproductions.com/workshop.htm or by sending a check to:

Storie Productions
PO Box 301463
Austin, TX 78703 (*include your phone and email with your check so we can contact you to confirm your reservation and provide further details.)

For more information, contact us by email at info@storieproductions.com or phone at 512.771.5863.

To learn more about Storie Productions, visit www.storieproductions.com,
www.jumpingoffbridges.com, www.rescuemedocumentary.com

What Workshop Participants are saying …

Thank you for a great workshop Saturday. I had a wonderful time and picked up a lot of information. I am now convinced more than ever that if any of my stories are going to be filmed, I have to make the movies myself.
Bastrop, 2006

You are both excellent teachers and your enthusiasm is contagious.
San Antonio, 2006

I walked away from your workshop feeling truly inspired and motivated. I must say, I hope I have the opportunity to work with people like you who have such a love and commitment to the art of filmmaking.
Austin, 2006

Wendy is an excellent cook.

Chadwick has done a beautiful, beautiful job with the film. I forget what a wonderful eye he has with color and tone. He color corrected cicadas and Roberta Wells. We didn't even think to start with him on this project because of his day job and his family.

Last night we watched the whole film. We started around 6pm and all I'd eaten earlier in the day was a cup of granola. My stomach rumbled as soon as we got there. By about 7pm, Wendy, Chadwick's wife, was cooking something amazing in the other room that set my tummy into a tizzy. I couldn't concentrate on anything except whatever it was Wendy was cooking. Chicken and macaroni and cheese, maybe? Whatever it was, it consumed my head. It was about 7:45pm after talking about notes when we stumbled into a problem with the film in regards to how it was digitized or transferred or I don't know or understand what it was about exactly. All I know is that Chadwick and Stacy started talking technical details and didn't seem the least bit concerned that my belly was aching so bad I thought it would explode. I was getting dizzy and frustrated and kept fidgeting and shifting in my seat. What the hell was she cooking? Oh my god, it smelled so good. Wafts of Chadwick's dinner filled the entire room. Oh my god, I wanted to run. I wanted to scream, "FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, STOP THIS TECHNICAL MUMBO JUMBO CRAP AND LET'S GO EAT WHATEVER THE HELL IT IS THAT WENDY'S COOKING!" But I didn't. I sat there patiently and quietly while they figured out the next step to remedy the situation. After we were finished, Chadwick went to eat his dinner and Stacy and I high tailed it to Zen.

Monday, August 21, 2006

Not behind the bread.

Spent many hours with Chadwick this weekend going over color correction. Jim got back into town last night, so we'll show him what we've got this evening. Justin began sound work last week. Things are moving along to have a finalized version by the end of the month. I can't wait! It's tighter, it's smoother and it's PG-13.

Our friends and co-sponsors for our September screenings are working their little booties off to make those screenings super successful. Jeff in Seattle, Jeremy in Albuquerque, Jeannine and Pedro in San Antonio ...

We're submitting to a few film series in the U.S. and abroad. I'd like to continue some screenings in the new year that we aren't necessarily responsible for.

Been talking to a few distributors here and there. Nothing in full force just yet.

Right now, we're mostly finalizing details on screenings, working on press, making press releases, flyers, phone calls, emails ... Anything we can do to get people to the theaters. Grassroots all the way.

Mark yelled at me this morning for eating some of his Peanut Butter Puffins. Not so much yelled as just whined. But I haven't touched the Jiffy Peanut Butter, which he bought and I specifically told him to hide. His version of hiding the peanut butter is putting the bread in front of it. My version of hiding the peanut butter is putting it in a hole in the wall or in the closet behind the sleeping bag or something. I'm happy to say though that I haven't touched it. Peanut Butter = 0. Kat = 1.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

SEPTEMBER SCREENINGS

9/13, Seattle, WA
Broadway Performance Hall, 7:30pm
Advanced Tickets Available
www.broadwayperfhall.com

9/15, Overland Park, KS
Kansas International Film Festival
Opening Night Film
http://www.kansasfilm.com/

9/15, Albuquerque, NM
Southwest Film Center, 7pm
Sponsored by the Agora Crisis Center
http://www.unm.edu/~swfc/

9/16, Albuquerque, NM
Southwest Film Center, 1pm, 4pm, 7pm
Sponsored by the Agora Crisis Center
http://www.unm.edu/~swfc/

9/30, San Antonio, TX
Historic Guadalupe Theater at Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, 7pm
Sponsored by the Bexas Suicide Prevention Coalition
http://www.guadalupeculturalarts.org/about/theater.htm

We're adding more October screenings by the minute so stay tuned. Also check out a full list here.

Molly's doin' just fine!

A tidbit I found on IMDB and I'm dying to know if it's true ... Tiger Darrow starring in The Lovely Bones? Peyton? Tiger? I LOVED this book. And when Lynne Ramsey originally signed on to direct way back when, I thought the perfect match had been made between director and material. I'm not sure what the circumstances were that took Ms. Ramsey away from the film but lo and behold, Peter Jackson's name appeared on the IMDB to direct. At first, I thought "NO!!!" (because I love Lynne Ramsey so much). But I will say, in thinking about what Peter Jackson did with Heavenly Creatures, I can only imagine what he'll bring to screen for Alice Sebold's amazing story will be nothing less than wonderful.

In other news ...

1) I fought tooth and nails with Stacy's DVD Studio Pro yesterday. Luckily, I won.
2) I'm handing over the final, final, final version of JOB to Chadwick and Justin tonight. It makes my stomach turn. I'm nervous about that "final" part.
3) Potential part-time job interview this afternoon.
4) More screenings will be added soon. We have several in the works. Good ones. :)
5) Stacy and I are doing an interview for Austin Woman Magazine for their October film issue this weekend.
6) Annalise is en route to college. I'm thinking good thoughts for her.
7) Stacy's dogs are alive and well.

Monday, August 14, 2006

PG-13

We added Memphis this morning. We'll be screening at the Indie Memphis Film Festival in mid-October. We're hoping to time it so Savannah can be at the Nashville and Memphis screenings.

I've spent the last week recutting the film. Mostly just cutting out lulls and some language. We're down to a 90 minute running time. It feels good. And I can safely say that we're probably a PG-13 film now. Yep. And the ending has one minor fix that we're hoping will appease some of the suicide prevention folks. That's all I'll do. It feels right. The whole things feels really right. Soon, I'll hand it off to Chadwick and Justin to finish sound and color. Once it's all wrapped up, we'll start plugging away at the distributors. Oh and the million other things on our list of things to do.

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Why am I still up?

I'm sitting in my hotel room catching up on email and watching Project Runway. Can I just say, I have a jacuzzi tub in my room. I've never had a jacuzzi tub. So tomorrow morning I might be hanging out in the tub for a good long while.

The screening tonight went beautifully. The people in Lubbock are so sweet. They embraced the film. Everyone came up to me afterwards thanking me for coming to Lubbock and bringing the film. I always sit in the audience thinking, "They hate it. I know they hate it". You wonder if their looking at their watches or shifting in their seats. And then it's over and they ask a ton of questions and tell me things like, it was honest, felt real, knew people like that, they appreciated the openness of the ending and found the film hopeful in its message. I talked to several folks who lost loved ones and a woman who's a counselor. I explained what we're doing with the film and they got really excited. They wanted to know how they could get a DVD to use with their own organizations. This is perfect. This is what's supposed to happen with the film.

I've been hanging out with Tom Copeland and Drew Mayer-Oakes. I love both of those guys. That Mr. Copeland has really taken me under his wing. I teared up when he introduced me and spoke about how he never had kids but he thinks of us as his children and how much he loves to watch us grow.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

eco friendly sneakers

i love reconnecting with friends i haven't seen or talked to in years, decades sometimes. my friend margot found me last week. the last time we spoke was in college maybe. we were friends in middle school. we both lived in jax beach. i can't remember how we met exactly. was it the gifted summer program? girl scouts? i just remember she always seemed inherently cool. after chatting over email, that still seems to be the case. her and a friend run this shoe and clothing line in los angeles called keep. this is about the 10th person i've caught up with from my adolescents in the past month or so. something's in the air. either that or people are getting bored at work and googling each other. it's fun. it's fun to find old friends. margot has my favorite story since we last saw each other ... installations, skateboarding, opening an art gallery in sweden, making eco friendly sneakers ... eco friendly sneakers. how cool is that?

Dallas and then Lubbock

I was bummed that I couldn't be in Dallas. I heard Bart Weiss gave us a nice shout out. Stacy said the crowd was great and the response was wonderful. I've gotten a few phone calls and emails this morning. Mike Tully sent me a link to a nice plug about our soundtrack here. I will agree that it's pretty kick ass. :)

I'm headed to Lubbock in the morning to screen JOB. I'm looking forward to a weekend hanging out with Tom Copeland and Drew Mayer-Oakes. We'll be on a panel tomorrow afternoon called Filmmakers at Work or something like that along with Jonathan Caouette who did Tarnation. I've never been to Lubbock. I hear it's really flat.

This is crazy, maybe stupid, something I thought up in a conversation with David Zellner last night. We had a good talk about distributors and their unwillingness to work hard for smaller films that don't have stars. The films that aren't an "easy" sell. I tossed out the idea of writing a manifesto signed by all the filmmakers I know that have struggled with distribution over the years and then sending it to them. Explaining that it's not that difficult to find a films audience and target that audience. Yes, it's time and work, but that hopefully equals money. I'm sure they would hate us. And I probably won't do it. But it's really nice to think about. I was reading something along the same lines recently in Film Comment or Filmmaker or somewhere. It was about how you see less and less foreign films in the theaters. The theory is that distributors aren't taking the risk because they don't want to be creative about it and work to find that audience. I don't know. It's all good. Whatever.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

I need a dry erase board in my head.

Monday marked my first day as a part time employee. I've never ever been a part time employee. Like seriously, I've had a full time job since ... forever. Ok, I was part-time at 15 when I was busing tables at the local Village Inn with Aaron and Adam, but does that really count?

I'm beside myself to have this time. Think about it, 4 - 5 extra hours a day. Multiply that by 5 days = 20 - 25 extra hours a week. Yes! Think about the things I can accomplish. There is so much going on right now, I can barely keep it all straight. I need a dry erase board in my head so I can organize it all.

A few highlights ...

1) Working on a book with Stacy. We've been planning this for about a year now. Finally I can sit down with my laptop and throw up my thoughts.
2) Teaching workshops around Texas to help fund JOB efforts. It seems like it's once a month lately. We need the money so bad it's not even funny. Ok, it is kind of funny how pathetically broke we are and how everything we do costs shitloads of money. I'm just shaking my head at it all.
3) Finishing a new JOB edit this week so I can hand it over for color correction and sound. It feels really good. JOB got slimmer. Lost a few extra pounds.
4) Developing Brain Brawl. Stacy's the lucky bee who gets to go to Jacksonville, visit my folks and my nephews and niece while I sit at the day job and wait for her to call and tell me who she met with. I wish I could go too.
5) Trying to find office space for Storie (cheap or free). If you own a company or work for a company that has extra cubicles, space, walls, floor, ceiling, let us know.
6) Fall Tour of JOB. Starts tomorrow! Yeah!
7) Traveling with JOB (lots and lots). Oh the places I'll go.
8) Once we finish the final version of JOB pursuing distribution with great ferocity! Dude, I'm so ready to put that DVD in the hands of people who will get that motherfucker out there!
9) About to start second draft of a new script. They all die in the end. Well, not everyone. But a few of 'em do.

Gotta go get lunch now.

Friday, August 04, 2006

New Found Freedom

Some good things are wrapped up in pretty awful packages. My hours at work got slashed today. I'm going part-time. Not by choice. It was pretty unexpected, but I probably should've seen it coming. So all house hunting efforts, well, they're being put on hold. Kinda have to assess the finances now. It's funny though. I was staring at my bosses as they told me the bad news, their mouths were moving and I understood what they were saying, but all the while I was just sort of nodding and smiling in my head. Is it a such a terrible thing? Probably not. In fact, I firmly believe that all things happen for a reason. I say that a lot actually, but I really believe it's true.

So with that said, Stacy and I are on the search for office space. We'll be setting up camp somewhere when I'm not at my day job and we'll work like fiends. Not that we don't already, because we do. Tracy and Leslie included, but now, I'll have more time to devote to the cause.

Stacy's heading back to Florida in a few weeks. Let's just say a lot has been going on with Brain Brawl. Good things keep popping up. Nothing worth mentioning just yet, but I feel like soon, very soon, something's gonna give and we'll be well on our way. Shit, I have to believe that. I'm gonna need a decent paycheck soon.

I've also considered maybe trying to pursue teaching a high school film class. After watching those kids the other night, I was inspired.

It's Friday, I'm off to celebrate my new found freedom. I have a date with Stacy and Jim to watch our newly edited cut of JOB. Maybe I'll get crazy and drink a Dr. Pepper or something.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Kelly Rae back in the day.

Kelly Roberts is one of those girls that we always called by both her first and last name. Even though her last name is now Seitzinger, I can't help but still call her Kelly Roberts. That's just who she is. I remember the night we made up our theme song "Golden Nugget" in honor of Mike Russos' little gold car that would take us around town in high school. We were sitting across the street from some college kegger smoking cigarettes and getting sick off them. But despite our upset tummies, we laughed and giggled and were as silly as could be, lying in the grass. I love that memory because it's like yesterday. All of those college adventures with Ama, Karen and the boys. That's what happens when you talk to someone you haven't talked to in a good ten years or so. It all comes rushing back in a big tidal wave. Kelly put me in touch with an old friend. Old crush. Hmmm. It's fun to look back on everything. Hell, a lot of it ends up in my movies at one point or another. I'm sort of surprised I haven't written a college film yet. I've thought about it. Just haven't gotten around to it, I suppose.

The whole point of me writing this was that Kelly's selling her artwork online now. So check it out!

Shakespeare in Wimberley

Mark and I went to see Bryan Chafin play Lysander in a A Midsummer Night's Dream last night. Each summer the kids in Wimberley put on two Shakespeare plays at the Emily Ann Theater. They make the costumes, build the sets, play all of the parts. I saw Bryan and his brother Blake in King Lear almost seven years ago and was floored by how wonderful the production was. Last night, I would have been rolling on the ground in laughter had no one been sitting next to me or blocking a clear path to roll around on. Instead I stayed in my seat, belly aching from laughing out loud. These kids gave me stitches in my side. I haven't laughed that hard in a play or a movie in quite some time. In all honesty, I cringe at seeing plays. They're expensive, long and my bum hurts towards the end of the first act, but these guys kept me on the edge of my seat and sad when it was all over.

I read A Midsummer Night's Dream back in high school and saw the Kenneth Branagh version long ago, but had forgotten the language, the insinuations, the dirty jokes. These kids nailed it. They took the thick Shakespearean language and ran with it. If you live in the Austin, Wimberley, San Antonio area, I strongly, strongly recommend supporting these kids and witnessing a laugh out loud (many, many times) performance.

Congratulations to all of the cast and crew for an amazing theatrical treat.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

ABQ

Here I thought that I learned how to spell Albuquerque in all my time working on setting up a screening months ago. Not so much. So from here on out, I'll refer to that city as ABQ.

I've purchased my ticket to New Jersey and New York. I'll be at all three screenings on November 2nd, 3rd and 4th. AND I get to see sweet Clare Jane and her itty bitty baby. I await with great anticipation to meet the little tyke.

Congrats to all our friends and cohorts who made the Filmmaker's 25 New Faces of Independent Film List. Eunhee, Todd, Jay, Mike, PJ ...

Mean Blueberry Muffins

Albequerque will screen JOB on 9/15. They're making an event of it. Red carpet kind of stuff, possible Governor in attendance. It's crazy, but wonderful how they've taken the idea and run with it.

We're close to nailing down Providence. Some folks from New Orleans called us out of the blue yesterday morning. We'll probably team up with the organization there as both a fundraiser and awareness effort. Apparently suicide rates have tripled since Katrina. It's awful. We talked last night about all of us making a trip there to participate. I'm all for it.

Been writing like a mad woman to get ready for our self imposed first draft deadline. I should be ready. I've been writing on lunch breaks, after my morning run and late at night to get a decent draft that I won't be embarrassed by.

We had a great workshop in Dallas and I had fun cold chillin' with the Aguilars. That Mandy makes some mean blueberry muffins.

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Portland = Done.

We added Portland. 10/26 at the Hollywood Theater.

Also getting very close on Birmingham for a screening at the University of Alabama through their Counseling Center.

You might feel a prick ...

Kurt is a genius!!! Check out his posters for The Grind House. My favorite is the "You might feel a prick" one. Classic.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

That sweet ass smile

Tonight's Aaron and Debbie's Going Away get together. They're headed to Los Angeles next week. One last plea, don't go, guys. I know Debbie's starting grad school next month and I'm beside myself with pride over that. And I know, Aaron, that you'll get out there and kick that city wide open with your mad artistic skills. Hell, it's just a matter of time for the studios to discover how crazy talented you are. I remember when I met you back in the summer of 1999. We were shooting cicadas and someone, Debbie Smith maybe, brought you out to the set to help grip. You were this tall, lanky UT kid with bright white golfer shoes and a sweet ass smile. I don't remember how or why we started hanging out after that, probably film related, but we became fast friends. You've been an amazing, friend, collaborator, inspiration, editor, advisor and human being. I sincerely hope that life brings you back to Austin, but deep down in my heart, I know that great things are just around the corner in Los Angeles. Remember all of our crazy adventures from cops in Johnson City, tornados in Wichita Falls, to the last picture show in Archer City. I'm gonna miss you guys something fierce.
Love.
Kat

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Mad frenzy

We added Boston today. 10/7/06, 6:30pm at the Capital Theater. And Tracy's about to nail Portland. I'm still waiting to hear from folks at Counseling Centers in Baltimore, Birmingham and Denver.

We're gearing up for our Dallas screening. We've been hounding the press, making flyers, targeting the universities, mental health groups and suicide prevention coalitions.

I've been on a mad writing frenzy. I'm about 47 pages into a new script that I started about 2 or 3 weeks ago. I camped out every morning last week at 6:30am at Quacks. It's a fun one. And yes, it involves kids. I had to take a break from another one that I was working on. I made a pact with Justin to swap scripts in mid-August so I'm trying really hard to not let it suck when I put it in his hands.

Headed to Dallas this weekend to give a workshop. I'm very much looking forward to seeing Mr. and Mrs. Aguilar. Those kids. Just love 'em.