Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Marathon Photos

This is me being extremely emotional after I finished the race.

And my kick ass friends who showed up in the freezing weather to cheer me on at the 18 mile mark, the 22 mile mark and the finish line.




Drowning

I really feel like heavy chains are tied around my ankles and I'm bobbing up and down in the middle of the ocean. I'm being dramatic of course, but I've barely had time to breathe these past two weeks. I've been racing from one thing to the next. The day job's been keeping me after hours and completely slammed. We've been incredibly fortunate to have Leslie working her little bootie off on press. That woman is fantastic. We love her so much.

PRESS UPDATES:
ME Television interview should air today at 5pm and tomorrow sometime. I think it's Channel 15 for those of you in Austin. I don't have cable so I'm a bit clueless.

San Antonio Express Article comes out on Sunday the 5th

I have an interview with several other Austin filmmakers for the Austin Chronicle tomorrow. I can't wait to see everyone.

indieWIRE interview should come out sometime this week.

FOX-7 interview with Stacy and Glen, March 9th at 8:40am

We're hoping to get some radio lined up for next week and the week after.


FILM UPDATES
Stacy and Tracy are in New York this week meeting with people for both JOB and BRAIN BRAWL. Everything sounds like it's going really well so far. I love getting the nightly reports. It breaks my heart that I can't be there, but Nevie, Leslie and I are holding down the fort here.

We've been having some sync/glitch issues with our master and some dubs. Nevie's on top of it.

Sent off to a few more festivals. Waiting to hear back from a few we've already sent to.

Watched the film a few more times dealing with sync/glitch issues. I still love it.

Friday, February 24, 2006

Make it stop.

It's been a crazy, crazy, crazy, crazy, crazy, crazy, crazy week. I want it to be over. I want to go home, stare at a wall and listen to music.

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Simply smitten

Stacy and I spent the evening with Lucas over at 501 Post dumping our film to HD and creating a few clips for press and the SXSW website. I didn't get to bed until almost 1am, way past my usual 10pm bedtime.

My day job has been keeping me pretty busy. Working through lunches kind of busy. I might have to come in over the weekend to finish up. We have this big workshop on Monday that I'm co-organizing. I've been dreaming a lot lately about a life without a day job.

We're gearing up to do a bunch of flyering over the weekend. Despite the huge undertaking of flyering a city, I kind of like it. It's nice stopping into places I rarely go, like Austin Books or Encore Video.

I did an interview this morning for ME Television. Katie joined me. She was so cute about our interviewer Bobby Bones. I have no idea who he is, but she was simply smitten. He's a radio personality or something like that. All of her friends listen to his show.

I'm catching up with my good friend David Zellner tonight. He's back from Berlin. I'm anxious to see his sweet little face. That boy feels like family to me.

Monday, February 20, 2006

The 1%

I woke up at 4:30am to aching knees. I have a blister the size of a Roma tomato on the bottom of my right foot that makes me walk funny. I have four more blisters on my feet to add to that. One of those busted open while running and bled through my socks. The baby toenail on my left foot started falling off after the race. I know ... disgusting.

Every one of us that started the marathon, finished. I remember the morning of our first training way back in August, Stacy asked, "So how long is this Marathon?". We all laughed, "They're all 26.2 miles.". Basically the distance from Austin to Buda. Her jaw dropped in disbelief. But did she drop out? No way. Stacy, Nevie and I, well, we're pretty friggin' stubborn. We don't back down from anything. Except for rollercoasters. I don't do rollercoasters.

Stacy and Nevie both finished strong. And I met my goal of finishing under 5 hours. I won't lie and say it was easy. It was harder than I really anticipated. By mile 17 my left knee was in horrible pain. I even considered stopping. I saw Mark at mile 18 and started crying. I took two Tylenol, limped a little through mile 19 and felt better by mile 20. After that it was just muscles cramping. By mile 21, the crowd, my friends and family along Congress cheered wildly. I kind of forgot about the pain after that. The support of my friends and family kept me going. Seeing how proud they were screaming my name and telling me I was doing good and to keep going, I caught a second wind, maybe even a runner's high.

The last 4 miles kicked my butt. The stretch was quiet, Guadalupe to Mopac and back to First Street. Many of the runners had resorted to walking by that time. It took a few brief conversations with strangers and watching an old man in front of me smiling as he ran his way to the finish line. Coming down the last 1/2 mile stretch with the cheering, screaming faces of my friends, family and strangers, it felt like I'd only been running a few miles. No pain, just a feeling of "Oh my god, I can't believe I actually did this. I can't believe I did this." I laughed and cried and shook my head in disbelief. I wept hard as I crossed the finish line.

So yeah, I'm a marathoner. I ran a marathon. I ran a fucking marathon. I've joined the 1%!

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Friday, February 17, 2006

Crazy weekend ...

Two of my absolute favorite people are in town. My two best friends since 7th grade, Clare and Karen. Karen just moved to NYC and Clare's been living up there since November when her husband landed a job at NYU. Despite the fact that they both live so far away, at least it's New York. The one place I visit the most. And it's super cheap these days. But I have to say, oh my god, it is so nice to have them here even if it's for a few days.

Wouldn't you know it ... forecast for Sunday's marathon ... sleet. Pray that we don't die or turn into popsicles.

Thursday, February 16, 2006

It just means a lot.

I'm totally on high. In one afternoon, a single conversation, I feel like all of these months, all the money, the tireless effort, the tears, the lack of sleep, the spreadsheets, ... it's all worth it. I can't really say what's going on and it's probably not a huge deal or anything to anyone else, but it is to me. I feel validated. It's really nice.

In other news ...

Screening times for SXSW:
Saturday, March 11th, 2:30pm, Alamo Drafthouse South
Thursday, March 16th, 1:30pm, Paramount Theater

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Ice baths and interviews

I feel like a machine. I think after SXSW I could go into business as a publicist. Well, maybe not. I still hate talking on the phone, so that would be a big negative in that department. But as far as making contacts and figuring out who's who and magazines and blogs and zines and TV shows ... My spreadsheet grows and grows. It's smothered in color now. It is kind of strange being my own publicist though. I've done a few interviews now and have a few more lined up in the upcoming weeks. It's been interesting for sure.

Clare and Karen get into town tomorrow for my bridal shower and marathon. They're my two biggest supporters. When I premiered my first film, at the Austin Film Festival way long ago, Clare sent me a huge vase of yellow roses. It was the sweetest thing. Speaking of which she landed her first stage role in New York. I'm so friggin' proud of that girl, I can't stand it.

Michael's episode airs on LOST tonight. Stacy, Tracy and I are headed over to Nevie's in a few minutes to do some major stickering of postcards. We'll also be dining on take out Enoteca. Their rigatoni and meatballs is to die for.

I ran four miles this morning. Had a bit of an ache in the right knee. Came home promptly after stretching and took a ten minute ice bath. And yes, it is as bad as it sounds. Although I will agree with Nevie that in some weirdo way, you get used to it.

Sunday, February 12, 2006

I love Sundays

I just left 501 Post. Nevie, Stacy and I spent the day with Lucas finalizing our color correction. All we have left are titles and we're done. We should have those wrapped up by mid-week.

Nevie's in the midst of cutting the trailer. We saw her first pass yesterday. I love it. After color correction today ... I'm getting so excited.

Mark and I are about to head out to drive the marathon race course. I have to tell him where to find me every six miles so he can restock my fig newtons and water. I'm a little nervous because as of yesterday, next weekend's forecast is rain. And lots of it. I'm crossing my fingers that changes.

Tracy and Stacy trip to New York that was supposed to start this morning got cancelled due to a blizzard in the northeast. Acts of God. What can you do?

Friday, February 10, 2006

A few press items ...

I gave an interview to the McCallum High School Newspaper that came out this week. Savannah sent me a copy in the mail and it's a really nice large layout. This is the second piece they've done on us. Hopefully all the McCallum kids will come out for the screening. I'm starting to get a ton of kids linking up to my My Space page, so that's good.

Here's an interview with efilmcritic.com. It's in two locations, but it's the same interview.

Hollyood Bitch Slap
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efilmcritic

I've started to get phone calls following up on the press kits. It's working. I have a few other bits and pieces lined up here and there. And then yesterday I got an updated press list from SXSW so now my head is spinning a little again.

It looks like Michael's coming for the screening. And so are my two friends Garrett and Gena who I'm more thrilled about than anything.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Lost

I just caught the tail end of the "red hot" television show, Lost. The preview for next week's episode shows Michael hanging from that net in a tree and shot through the shoulder with a crossbow. He's been in Hawaii since the beginning of January shooting and isn't due back until the end of March. I'm crossing my fingers that his character survives until next season. We're still waiting to find out if the Lost producers will let him come out for SXSW. I really hope so. It'd be so nice to see him.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Wishing it was marathon day.

I hate days like this. Nothing I seem to do is right. My stomach ties itself up in knots. Tight little knots. We had great news last night. Really sweet news. And then today everything else sort of fell apart at the seams. I'm feeling pretty low. I'd love to go home and curl up on the couch and go to sleep. I'd also love to go and run for several hours.

Friday, February 03, 2006

Austin Represents

Between Gretchen, The Cassidy Kids and Letters from the Other Side, Austin's finest will be represented at SXSW. I'm so excited to see all of these films, I can't stand it. So if you haven't already, go now, don't wait, go now and get your SXSW film pass. I hear it's going to be a kick ass year for the festival. Matt Dentler, you rule!

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Soon We'll Know

So we're waiting to hear back from several producer's reps. They all just got the latest DVD version (pre color correction) today and yesterday. And now that Sundance is over, they have a little bit more time to look at our film. The main one that we're waiting on still hasn't given us an answer. They've had the film for about a month now. They promise they'll have an answer soon. I take it as a good sign that they haven't said "no" yet. At least they don't hate it.

Watched more color correction today. We've been working with Lukas, who's a very nice chap. And he spells his middle name Bryan with a "y". That's the way it should be spelled in my humble opinion.

This girl at my gym thinks I'm famous. She engages me in conversation every time I come in. It's really cute. She was floored to hear that I have a day job. Come to think of it, I'm kind of flabberghasted that I have a day job too. I should really look in to not having one.

Oh, and the staff at the Anderson Zen and Guadalupe Zen are starting to call me by name and say, "see ya tomorrow, Kat". I need to break free from the Zen chains that are holding me back from other culinary adventures.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

my summer of love

Lots of random thoughts ...

Today Stacy tossed out the idea of a world without spreadsheets. It made me shudder. I love spreadsheets so much. I can whip one together so quick it would make your head spin. I have tons of them. I have a spreadsheet for every occasion.

Our postcards came in yesterday. Lots and lots of them. They're beautiful. Thanks to Kurt Volk, Meredith Boyd and four great looking teenagers.

I watched "My Summer of Love" last night. There's nothing better than a little gem of a film that captures you unaware. I miss seeing movies like that.

My friends do this thing where someone will make some grand political statement over email and copy all of us on it. And then for the entire day it goes back and forth, back and forth. Emails with explanation points and all caps fly around with accusations and defensiveness. Everyone gets upset, sometimes feelings get hurt. I hate that part.

Tomorrow I get to watch the second pass of the color correction. Time is really sneaking up on me. We only have four weeks to finish this bad boy.

My right knee is feeling a little better. I have to ice it each night. And I have to roll my hip and leg along this styrofoam cylinder thing, which is surprisingly very painful. Lastly, I need to go pick up some ibuprofen. I'm grateful to be surrounded by physical therapists and trainers who can tell me what to do in times like these.

Man, oh man, I'm really sick of staring at this computer.