Friday, March 31, 2006

Roberta

I made this film several years ago called Roberta Wells. It was inspired by my Great Aunt Erna who lived in Fredericksburg. I'm pretty sure I gave her a copy but I don't think she ever watched it. She never seemed to understand my moviemaking adventures. Instead of talking about my recent films, she wanted to talk politics or play dominos and stuff me with whatever her friends had left her in the refrigerator.

Erna was diagnosed with emphysema after years and years of smoking. She had the wrinkled up skin and raspy voice that went along with those years. Erna was my Oma's sister. She was the fiery one. Boy did she have a mouth on her. She would say things that nearly cut you in two. And despite how it hurt sometimes, she was always right. She loved chicken tortilla soup that you made from a box. She played bridge every week with her bridge club. And she always beat the pants off of me in chickenfoot. Each time I came to visit I'd get an earful that I didn't visit enough.

Mark and I went to see her in the hospital about a month ago. As we turned the corner, she was shuffling her feet down the hallway in her little hospital gown with the sweet nurse that held her arm. Mark and I flashed the engagement ring on my finger. I don't think I'd ever seen her so proud of me before. Mark and I sat by her bedside and talked about the wedding while she struggled with each breath. She seemed to savor each detail. It was probably the best visit we'd had together. And of course, the last one.

She passed away Wednesday morning. But wouldn't you know it, she put up damn good fight. I'll miss that little spitfire.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Cinematography Merit Badges

Tonight, Jim and I spent an hour and a half explaining the 180 Degree Rule, pans, tilts, storyboards, dolly grips and so much more to a Boy Scout Troop. My friend Jon who manages all of the Austin Zen's (yes, I've befriended many Zen employees) asked us to help the boys with their Cinematography Merit Badge. We had fun watching them put together a scene and learn to use cameras. Jon said the only other merit badge that they had this much fun with was the plumbing merit badge.

I also found this Italian blog talking about jumping off bridges. I wish I knew what it said. All I know is that there's a great track of Sufjan Stevens doing a solo version of For the Widows in Paradise, for the Fatherless in Ypsilanti. No back up vocals.

Drawerings

I stumbled upon my good friend Kurt's blog the other day. Oh, Kurt, you're so crazy ... secretly starting a blog and not telling any of us! It features a few drawings that he created for an art gallery scene in jumping off bridges. I was sad to see that scene get cut. Grove's character hangs out at a small art gallery and listens to the likes of Bosque Brown. Kurt drew about 15 pieces for the scene. He also storyboarded the entire film and designed the poster. The boy astounds me. And he's an angel of a human being.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

An answer to everyone's question.

No, we haven't sold the film yet. But we're working on it.

Falling back into place

I'm falling back into place. Wedding plans are afoot again. Poor Mark is freaking out about what's left to be done. I might freak out a little too if I wasn't so darn tired from the festival. He's been good though and stepped up with the responsibilities. I love that boy so much. I also started running again. It keeps my head on straight and helps calm my nerves. Only 3 miles, 3 days to start out with this week. I have to work my way back up again. I'd like to get back to 7 miles a day, 4 - 5 days a week. Oh and long runs. I miss those long runs. Yeah, that won't be for a good while. My knees would scream and yell at me.

Life hasn't slowed down really. In fact it's sort of sped up. Stacy and I are teaching a film workshop to middle school girls on Friday, Jim and I are teaching film to a group of Boy Scouts on Tuesday and in between all of that is Nisha's wedding, make-up trials, wedding dress fittings, Storie meetings and so forth. I'm anxious for the honeymoon. In such a big way.

Reviews

Reviews are addictive. They're painful, joyous and humbling. Here are some good and some bad ones for JOB that I've dug up so far.

Blogs
Unwired Ben
Drifting: A Director's Log

JUMPING OFF BRIDGES at the Paramount Theatre. Kat Candler's film is a tender and affecting drama that is what independent cinema is all about. I fear it's too small to find a theatrical niche, but I would be shocked if IFC or Sundance doesn't pick it up. Good stuff!
-Mike Tully, Cocaine Angel

File Thirteen

Austin Chronicle

Aint It Cool News

Jack Kyser Movie Reviews

Kat Candler's moving Austin-made teen drama has enjoyed sold-out crowds
— and raves
-Austin American-Statesman


Daily Texan

IMDB

Sunday, March 19, 2006

A good day.

Last day of SXSW highlights ...

Seeing Cocaine Angel and meeting Mike Tully. The film made my stomach turn and ache, but I think that's a good thing. There's a poignant scene towards the end which I haven't been able to shake since I saw it. It sounds like we'll meet up again at the Jacksonville Film Festival in May.

Spent a good portion of the day catching up with Maya. I haven't spent that much time with her since maybe college. How strange. She's still as wacky and loveable as ever. With a New York flair.

I caught Korey Coleman's film 2AM with Stacy and was so pleasantly surprised. It's sweet, clever and laugh out loud funny.

Bosque Brown's show at 0 Degrees ended a pretty great day. Mara Lee Miller astounds me. Her voice shows no boundaries and no fear. And seeing her perform live ... I'm awe struck.

Things I took away from SXSW:
1) Cool filmmaker friends that I'll hopefully see again on the festival circuit ... Mike Tully, Eunhee Cho, Alan Chan, Joe Swanburg
2) A great pride for the Austin film scene. I'm floored by the filmmakers in this town. They're all a force to be reckoned with.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

My friends are in town!!!

Brandon, Amre, Maya and Daniel all get in today!!! YEAH! I love my people.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Falling asleep at the day job

The four or five hours of sleep I've been getting every night since last Friday finally caught up with me. I'm back at my day job nodding off at my desk. Sitting still makes my eyelids very, very heavy. Last night I made the mistake of going to the Austin Chronicle Party instead of going to sleep. I looked for my people ... the Zellners, Heather Courtney, Bryan and Jake, but nothing. So I ate more appetizers, drank more Diet Coke and got stupid silly with Stacy, Tracy and Leslie. Tonight it's the Awards Ceremony, I think. I was hoping I might steal a nap beforehand, but I don't think that's gonna happen.

We're anxiously awaiting reviews. I've been on pins and needles. This is the part of the process that makes my belly ache. Well, shit, actually the whole process makes my belly ache.

A few of the bands/musicians from the film will be in town to play for SXSW ... Jose Gonzalez, Bosque Brown and Jeff Hanson. My music supervisor, Daniel Gill gets here tomorrow. Usually it's the music part of SXSW that draws all of my friends to Austin. I'm excited to show them the movie. No more tears on Thursday. I might be too tired to cry this time around.

We get to hang out with Alan and Eunhee from Inner Circle Line Thursday night. We met at the IFP Rough Cuts Lab last September and have been swapping stories, advice, experiences with each other ever since. I can't wait to see their film. I hear it's pretty wonderful.

Monday, March 13, 2006

On the horizon

I'm home now after spending much of the morning and early afternoon at the 1886 Bakery at the Driskill. Stacy and I had some nice conversations/meetings about BRAIN BRAWL. I feel good about having that script ready. It took a little while to get there, but I'm glad I did. Especially now. It's nice to have one film in a theater and another one on paper, ready to go. It's almost been kind of funny dividing my time between the two.

My parents leave in the morning. I've barely had much time with them because of ... well the festival and everything. They were able to spend a good amount of time with Mark's folks. It was nice to watch them all hanging out on Saturday. Mark and I got really lucky to be born into good families. We really did.

Today's Recap

We met with Michelle Byrd today from the IFP. We love her. She's so kind and sweet. One of those people that instantly puts you at ease. We also met with Jannat from Alpha Cine and recapped and caught up with her. Was able to check out GRETCHEN and THE CASSIDY KIDS at the Paramount. TCK had a line wrapped around the Paramount. It was nuts. I'm so proud. Oh yeah, and did a quick interview for the Film Festival Channel. I like that Mocha Jean Herrup a lot.

Sunday, March 12, 2006

Selling out

WE SOLD OUT!!! We turned away over 300 people at the door. It was absolutely nuts. And on top of that, people really liked it. We got so much wonderful feedback. I'm sort of on cloud nine right now. I'm so proud, so proud of everyone!

We continue with some more interviews, meetings and movie watching today and tomorrow.

It looks like I'll be playing my hometown of Jacksonville for the festival there. All of my hometown peeps will get a chance to see it. At the top of my list, Jeff Grove, my drama teacher who always pushed me when I sometimes wanted to sit still. It's always the drama teacher isn't it?

Garrett leaves today. I've been in heaven having Gena and Garrett be a part of all this. I got home at 2am last night emotionally and physically drained. But it was all worth it. Every bit.

We have another screening on Thursday, March 16th, 1:30pm at the Paramount. So if you're in Austin, tell everyone you know. It's a huge theater and we need to sell out again.

Thursday, March 09, 2006

IndieWIRE Blog and Austin Chronicle Cover Story

I'll be blogging with some other filmmakers at indieWIRE.

Check out today's Austin Chronicle if you haven't already.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

I might throw up.

Last night I had trouble sleeping. I was thinking about the premiere. The nerves are really setting in. I'm distracting myself as much as possible so I don't think about it too much. Or all of the people who are coming to see it ... my parents, distributors, long lost friends from far away, critics ... There's nothing I can do at this point. I love what we've put on the screen and I'm really proud of it. And if people like it, wonderful, if not ... I'll shrug my shoulders.

I finished the latest draft of Brain Brawl this morning. I sent it over to Stacy to read before I make any last minute changes. I want to send it to a few people who are making their way to Austin for the festival. A little plane reading material, if you will. Every time I dig into that script, I get giddy. I'm anxious to get some momentum behind it. It'll be a nice departure for me and a fun little ride from my usual sad, depressing fare.

Tonight the girls are vegging out. Stacy, Tracy, Leslie and I are kicking back, watching LOST and PROJECT RUNWAY. I need a good solid night of rest and relaxation before the hurricane gets underway. I missed last week's episode of LOST where Michael sort of alludes to not having told the truth ... go figure. Of course he's an "Other", people! He always plays bad, creepy, scary, psycho guys. If I'm wrong about this ... I won't be.

Joe O'Connell had a great article on the Austin Film Scene in yesterday's San Antonio Express News.

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Press and Publicity Part II

Here's what's coming up ...

KUT will have a few interviews with Stacy and I later this week and all through next week.

Thursday, March 9th, Stacy and Glen will be on FOX-7 around 8:40am and the Austin Chronicle article comes out.

Friday, March 10th, Kat and Stacy on KXAN around 6:30am, Kat and Savannah on 101X around 8:40am, Stacy and Savannah on the Austin Movie Show between 2pm - 4pm

Saturday, March 11th, the winning article from our High School Journalism Competition will be published in the Statesman. Congratulations Jessica Smith!

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Please, no snow.

Stacy and Tracy come home today! I'm so excited. I feel like I'm missing an arm or leg when Stacy's not around. I'm crossing my fingers that they're flight doesn't get cancelled because of weather. There was mention of it. Please god, don't let it snow today.

Our indieWIRE piece came out today. You can check it out here.

I spent several hours last night at the Super 8 Motel on 12th and I-35 for The Austin Chronicle interview. It sounds kind of weird. Heather Courtney, Bryan and Jake, Paul Gordon, Korey Coleman, Steve Collins and Spencer Parsons. The photo shoot was kind of surreal. I'm curious how it'll translate. The night continued with plenty of beer, wine and a tape recorder. Spencer probed us with questions about the state of independent filmmaking in Austin. I became blurry eyed after about 9pm and not sure if I was making much sense. Everyone else was pretty saucy. Lots of sweet laughter through much of the night. It is pretty amazing ... the Austin representation at SXSW, I mean.