Friday, June 30, 2006

Vampire scripts and broken hearts

Chatted this morning with the man heading up the suicide prevention conference in Baltimore on October 4th. He was thrilled at the prospect of partnering up. He simply has to ... not hate the movie. The DVD is enroute to his mailbox and we'll have a decision by next week. This could be a big, big screening for us.

I've been writing again. I started up a few weeks ago. There are two things that really give me peace. Writing screenplays and running. I'm really good about carving out time each morning to run. I'm not so good about the writing part. Probably like lots of other people you have to set aside a few hours. It takes a while to get into a groove. My time lately has been so devoted in a million other directions. Needless to say, I haven't gotten very far on the script. 25 pages that continue to climb and fall as I edit and refine. I'm really enjoying it so far though. On Brain Brawl I got so fixated on my characters. They seemed to live in the house with me. It's happening again on this one. I think about them an awful lot. I'm curious how it'll all unfold. The story is taking its time and sort of holding my hand and showing me where it wants to go. It's my attempt at writing an ensemble piece with adult characters. You'll be happy to know that the teens and kids are minor characters in this one. A first for me. Well, no, not really. I wrote a really terrible vampire script where the lead was in her late 20s. I wrote a vampire script in an effort to heal wounds from a broken heart. It kind of helped.

Thursday, June 29, 2006


A HUGE congratulations to Steve Collins for winning the Target Filmmaker Award at the 2006 Los Angeles Film Festival for his wonderful film Gretchen which played last March at SXSW. Go, Steve go!!!

The Storie Girls are keeping our noses to the grind stone. I think that's the proper phrase. Basically, we're working our asses off. Between Stacy, Leslie, Tracy and myself, we split up the 20 some odd cities between the four of us. My cities are coming together. Tallahassee is pretty much secured, we just need to pick a date. Austin, again, we just have to pick a date. Baltimore seems like it might be a big, big city to play in. There's a huge suicide prevention conference taking place in October that we're trying to align ourselves with. I've been talking to the owner of the The Senator Theater and Rotunda Cinemateque and he seems super nice. Houston, I just need to firm up details with Michelle over at SWAMP. We tried to get a screening in at the Museum of Fine Art but their season was booked. They're taking us into consideration for the next season.

We've also started talking to book authors, professors, celebrities (sort of) ... about joining the panel discussions in each city. Leslie worked out her fear of the phone and made leaps and bounds with all of these people. I envy her. I still have a fear of picking up the phone, answering the phone, calling people ...

With all of this hard work, I've conquered the spelling of Albuquerque. It took me a while. So if nothing else comes of this effort, at least I have that.

Monday, June 26, 2006

The Apple Dumpling Gang

Mark ordered The Apple Dumpling Gang for me from Netflix. I was a little hesitant from the first five minutes. I've never been a huge Don Knots fan and the lighting was, well, kind of distracting. Everything was super bright, overly lit and stagey. But then, the little kids, Bill Bixby, Tim Conway and even Don Knots had me laughing out loud and grinning from ear to ear. I was so completely charmed. It was just good, clean, solid humor. Kind of like how I felt about The Cosby Show growing up. I wish we could roll back time and Tim Conway was in his twenties or thirties again so he could make us laugh for decades to come. That man is pure comic genius. He doesn't even have to say a word and I'm rolling on the floor. I wish people would put him in more movies.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Fried Chicken Sucks

I don't like fried chicken. Or chicken fried steak. Or steak fried chicken. Or anything that involves fried, chicken and steak.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

A little help from my friends ...

We're putting together this sort of premiere/tour/release in the fall of jumping off bridges. If you have contacts at an art house, university (film or psychology departments) or museum in one of these cities, send me a note ...

Albuquerque, NM
Ann Arbor, MI
Atlanta, GA
Baltimore, MD
Birmingham, AL
Boston, MA
Chicago, IL
Denver, CO
District of Columbia
Fort Worth, TX
Los Angeles, CA
Minneapolis, MN
Nashville, TN
New Haven, CT
New Orleans, LA
New York City, NY
Philadelphia, PA
Portland, OR
Providence, RI
San Antonio, TX
Seattle, WA
Stanford, CA

I'm sure I'll be asking for more help as time goes by.

Monday, June 19, 2006

Albino Squirrels

Running through Hyde Park on Friday morning I saw an albino squirrel racing across the street. It had me wondering, do albino squirrels know that they're different from the other squirrels?

I spent a lovely weekend with friends and films. Was able to check out Mari Marchbanks' Fall to Grace on Friday night. It was a packed theater with so many of the actors in attendance. She got some really wonderful performances in that film. I will say that I've become a huge Lee Eddy fan. I've never met her, but I think she's fantastic. I know this is strange because she was only in the film for like 30 seconds, but damn, she's good. Also caught Nacho Libre on Saturday night with Nevie, Stacy and Annalise. Hmmm ... not a big fan. I fell asleep. I think Jack Black is the bees knees and if it wasn't for him I wouldn't have chuckled several times, but I just found it kind of boring. I wasn't a fan of Napoleon Dynamite either. I guess it's just not my thing. I will say however that the trailer for Nacho Libre is possibly one of the best trailers ever. I laughed my ass off even after the 10th viewing.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

We're not what we thought we were.

It's pretty quiet at work. You can't hear a peep. Everyone left to get coffee with this Italian woman who jetted into town today. All the better.

I must say I'm so intrigued by the direction that jumping off bridges has taken. We never even thought about the idea of pursuing educational distribution. When Stacy was in Michigan she met counselors, activists ... people who found a real need for the film in educational arenas. I mean we always new that we'd use it as an outreach tool here and there, but not through government agencies and the like. It's funny how you think your film is one thing and it sort of turns out to be another. I like how it's been telling us what it is. We're listening.

All of the Storie ladies have been hard at work on our big fall project. I swear to god if we can pull this thing off, I will treat myself to a full day at the spa. Massage, nails (even though I don't have any), hair, facial ... or as I told Mike Tully, I might treat myself to an entire jar of peanut butter. I have a lot of faith in us.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Death to Peanut Butter

I've gone full blown with my obsession with peanut butter. I crave it like mad now. It hits at about 9pm. Every night. I never buy it because I'm trying to suppress the craving. But instead Mark buys it over and over and over again. Sometimes he'll buy two jars, one creamy and one crunchy. Often, I'll throw it away before it's finished so I don't have to stare at it every time I open the pantry. Mark and I have to have a talk about it tonight. He has to hide the jar. Seriously.

Happy Birthday Mark

Happy Birthday to Mark. He's 31 today.

Mark is a weird boy. A very strange boy. A boy that captured my heart three and a half years ago with his quirky sensibilities, his wit and humor, the kindness in his smile, his passion for humanity and his love, love, LOVE for movies. Ever since our first date in a grocery store, I knew. I knew I'd never grow tired of this boy. He's too unpredictable and bizarre to grow tired of.

Monday, June 12, 2006

Support your local filmmakers

I felt like someone punched me repeatedly in the head on Friday. My entire right side of my skull and face ached like mad. I left work early, slept and watched movies all day long. That continued through much of the weekend. I'm doing research on live action kid's films. Over the weekend I watched: High School Musical, The Bad News Bears (2005), Holes, Kicking and Screaming and The Sandlot. The Sandlot was by far my favorite. What a little gem. I also took Mark and Amy to see The Puffy Chair. The first time I saw it was at SXSW last year. It held up the second time around. It's laugh out loud funny. And it was so nice seeing Rhett up on screen. That boy.

Support Austin filmmakers this week.
Dear Pillow Benefit Screening at the Alamo Downtown
Fall to Grace opens at the Dobie Theater

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Michigan and Dumplings

I have this raging headache that's clutching my skull with all its might. Several people have asked me throughout the day, what's wrong. My head hurts. I had plans to meet Mark at the movies after work, but all I feel like doing is sitting in our lazy boy with my laptop, some film work that I need to do, while the television talks to me.

After work yesterday I met Stacy at the gym to walk on the treadmills together. Side by side, it's cute and retarded to think that we have meetings on the treadmill, but we do. Apparently the treadmills that we chose, if used at the same time, shut down the power in part of the building. This is not surprising if you live in Austin and have ever stepped foot into Hyde Park Gym. It's a bit of a "work in progress". It's a dirty, usually smelly, broken kind of place. But we go there because despite the crappiness. It's kind of like home now. So after we shot the power, we decided walking outside would beat elbowing a random girl off of another treadmill. I like these walks/talks that we have. We reassure each other that, yes, we're bold and stupidly stubborn, (equally so), but we get things done. We don't mess around. Life feels pretty solid right now. It's good ... where we're at and where we're headed.

I must say, it's nice to have a business partner who's also a best friend.

Speaking of which, Stacy's in Michigan right now hanging out with the Sasquatch Dumpling Gang folks and her friend Maggie. They're at the Waterfront Film Festival. She called me like four times today. When she finally got there she had to tell me they were feeding her strawberry margharitas, taking everyone on hikes and kayaking. She said it's beautiful, the weather is perfect and life is grand. I guess I had San Francisco ...

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Girl Scout Camp

So I guess our screening at St. Ed's tonight is sold out. The Dionysium is also screening Roberta Wells at 7:30pm. I'll start jumping off bridges at 7pm, race over to the Alamo South to do a Q&A after Roberta and then race back to St. Ed's to do a panel discussion with Tom Copeland, Bob Hudgins and Stacy on the business of film in Austin. It should prove to be an interesting evening.

Life after the honeymoon has been busy. I've been breaking down the Brain Brawl script for Stacy, in talks with Deena about next year, talks with Warren and other folks in Jax, trying to get the trademark on the Brain Brawl name, working on the jumping fall release and catching up on work work at the day job.

I'm looking forward to the weekend ... dinner with Kurt and MV, Sean and Lani's wedding and chillin' cold style on Sunday.

BTW, PC Bean has been crazy affectionate lately. Almost aggressively so. He's literally been at our heels ever since we got home. He won't let us out of his sight (well, through his one eye). And chatting it up big time. He has so much to say, it's not even funny. I think he had a moment when he thought we weren't coming back. And I can completely sympathize with him acting kind of crazy. When I was about 7 or 8 I went to Girl Scout Drama camp. The first night I was so homesick I couldn't sleep through the night. They wouldn't let me call my mom. They told me I'd get over it. Well I didn't. I spent two weeks sick to my stomach because all I wanted was my mom. I gave myself a fever and made myself sick from the worry and panic. When I finally went home at the end of the two weeks, I spent the whole next year panic stricken. If my mom was even a minute late picking me up from school, I'd cry and feel like throwing up. I refused to spend the night with any of my friends for fear of being left behind. If I had a babysitter, I would cry myself to sleep after my mom left. It took a long time to get over that. So, it breaks my heart that PC might have thought we weren't coming back. I've been telling him over and over again that we'd never leave him. Not in a million years. Mark got upset when we first started dating and I told him I loved that cat as much as I loved him. Pork Chop's been with me through everything. He's been the one constant in my life.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

JOB at St. Edward's University, 6/6, 7pm

Come see jumping off bridges, 6/6 at 7pm, St. Edwards University
Free admission
Free valet parking
Free popcorn and snacks
Cash bar

There is limited seating for this event. Please RSVP at in order to attend

Please tell your friends!

AUSTIN, Texas - Screen Door Film and St. Edward's University School of Management and Business Present:

On Tuesday, June 6, join director Kat Candler and producer Stacy Schoolfield, in person, as they present their newest feature film, Jumping Off Bridges.

An insightful panel discussion will follow the screening, delving into the production, marketing and distribution plans behind the movie.

The current and former Texas Film Commission directors, Bob Hudgins and Tom Copeland, will lend their expertise to the subject, ensuring a valuable symposium on the state of the film industry in Texas.

The panel will include:

Kat Candler ­ Director
Stacy Schoolfield ­ Producer
Bob Hudgins ­ Director, Texas Film Commission
Tom Copeland ­ former Director, Texas Film Commission and current VP of Film
Production for Villa Muse Studios.
Moderated by Russell Rains, J.D. ­ Director, MBA in Digital Media
Management, School of Management and Business at St. Edward¹s University

There is limited seating for this event. Please RSVP at in order to attend

Tuesday, June 6th, 2006
Doors Open 6:30 pm
Screening 7:00 pm
Panel following the film

Jones Auditorium in Ragsdale Center
St. Edward¹s University
3001 South Congress Avenue
Austin, Texas 78704

Friday, June 02, 2006

Final Days - San Francisco

Friday came too soon and not soon enough. I'm torn between wanting to stay and see everything we've missed so far and anxious to be home with our little PC Bean. I hear PC (Pork Chop) is missing us something fierce. Aunt Stacy's been taking care of him and giving him lots of love (and catnip) while we've been gone. She's a good Auntie.

I must admit that I crashed big time yesterday. We started the morning out in Richmond. Had amazing pastries at a corner coffeeshop and then headed to Clement Street. The neighborhood is more or less a chilled out version of Chinatown. Lots of dried mushrooms, fish and little old ladies. Our mission was to go to the Green Apple Book Store. This might be one of my favorite bookstores ever. You get lost in it. Literally. It sort of reminded me of Larry McMurtry's bookstores in Archer City. Old and new books falling off the shelves. That dusty book jacket smell. Patrons of every shape and size. Two elderly men looking for the sex section really loudly. Too funny.

We ended up at Whole Foods for a late lunch. I'm almost fooded out at this point. Hard to believe, I know. We came home and I think I fell asleep around 6pm. Somehow I managed to doze off through Mark's snoring. When I woke back up, Mark was dressed and ready to go. Me, not so much. I chose to lounge in bed, watch more Law and Order (I swear it's on all day long) and eat pretzels and a banana. I fell back asleep at 10pm.

This morning I ran my final run through the streets of San Fran. Over to the baseball stadium, up along Embarcadero to the Ferry Building, over to Fisherman's Wharf and back to the Ferry Building and home by way of Market Street. I had to dodge a lot of suits, homeless folks waking up and merchants hosing down their storefronts.

We're plotting out today's adventures which will mostly consist of moviewatching nad shopping. We're thinking an early screening of The Break Up and then District B-13. And if we're feeling really crazy, we might see either The Proposition or The Puffy Chair tonight. In between some of that, I have to go to H&M (there are two within blocks of us) and Anthropologie.

And lastly, before we head home, I have to do the Trolley Car. Mark promised. Just up and down Powell street will be fine. It's, like a requirement or something.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Day 4 and 5 - San Francisco

Here are some highlights since we're about to head out.

1) MUIR WOODS - might be my favorite so far
2) Sonoma Valley - quaint, nice people, two film festivals, an amazing old theater (sebastiantini, or something like that)
3) Indian Food - We went to the top rated Indian Restaurant, I'm sorry San Francisco, but the Indian food in Austin kicks the Indian Food in your town's ass.

1) SBC Stadium (Giant's Stadium)
2) Embarcadero Road from South Beach to Ghiradelli Square - included ice cream, chocolate, taffy, whole foods (yay!), old people waiting for a trolley car, embarcardero center, the ferry building, fisherman's wharf (no sea lions!), the wax museum .... mark insisted on the wax museum. they had a wax statue of eminem. mark was VERY excited. i think we took two pictures.
3) I almost forgot. We saw MI-3. I LOVED IT!!!

Today we're headed to Richmond. More walking. Lots more walking. We're headed to the Green Apple Book Store and Burma Superstar.