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.