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There and Back Again: A David Lowery Tale

Okay, I was planning on being the first person to release this info but xmas and yesterday (Spiral's busiest day since opening day) proved to be way too busy for me to find time to sit on a computer and write. So if you haven't heard already Deadroom has been selected to play at SXSW for 2005. This festival is the biggest and best festival in the region and one of the top 10 festivals in the nation. So needless to say we're excited to have this as our official World Premier.

From Austin to Berlin: I'm very elated to announce the illustrious David Patrick Lowery has been accepted into the Berlin Talent Campus. I've said it before, this guy is talented and hard working. He is a hell of a filmmaker and fully deserves it. So congrats my friend. Soon enough the coattails will be flapping and I'll be hanging on.

The final screening for Deadroom at the Texas Filmmakers Series at the Angelika was tonight. We had a good crowd that seemed to be into it. I'm still really proud of the project but I'm getting to the point of hating my segment. I know it's lame to say that because I don't REALLY hate it. I still love the acting, photography and generally everything about it but at the same time I just wish I would have done some things different with the story. I guess that kind of always happens though. I wonder if directors like Wes Anderson or Jim Jarmusch feel the same way about their past projects?
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Suzy Prepares For A Dinner Party (Something Strange Happens)

I haven't seen much point to blogging lately. There's not a horrible amount of stuff to report. But for the sake of numbers I'll update. Even thought I haven't been writing on here I have indeed been writing. David and I are working on a new script that is coming along nicely. Last week we wrote 19 pages. This week we wrote 4. It happens you know. Sometimes it flows like blood from a gash and sometimes it flows like the stool of a heavy cheese eater. I also started another feature script. That seems to be a big problem with me as a writer. I keep starting scripts and not finishing them. However, I did write and finish a short script in about three hours last week. It was one of those ideas I woke up with and just went strait to my computer to write it. It's called "Suzy Prepares For A Dinner Party (Something Strange Happens)" I plan to shoot it sometime next year. I'm making the leap into morally ambiguous territory and shooting on 16mm. I plan on using the 4:3 aspect ratio. Which will be first for me so I'm excited about the composition possibilities.

Oh yeah, David put a clip from "The Knocker" online for me. Check it out.
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Texas Represent

Big shout out to all the Texas Filmmakers who are representing to the fullest. Thanks to Matt Dentler's blog for most of this info.

Kyle Henry's ROOM will premier at Sundance's Frontier Program. As will Luke Savinsky's FRONTIER 6.

The Jay Duplass film THE PUFFY CHAIR will premier at Sundance's American Spectrum.

Dallas' own Shane Carruth has been nominated for an Indie Spirit award for PRIMER. So has Bryan Poyser for DEAR PILLOW and Jonathan Caouette for TARNATION.

I wish them all luck and congrats for helping put Texas on the map. Us DEADROOM folks will be joining them in success soon and maybe they'll be writing about us in their blogs.

Not too much else to report at this juncture. I've been basking in the brilliance of Robert Altman as of late. The criterion release of Short Cuts is quite fabulous and I'm enjoying the second disk, which has a great feature length doc about the film among other things.

Oh yeah, as if anyone besides David and Yen read this, I'll go ahead and announce that DEADROOM is playing at the Angelika on Mondays December 13 and 27 at 7pm. I believe tickets are $8. Well worth the money I guarantee.
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At that moment, when the world around him melted away, when he stood alone like a star in the heavens

he was overwhelmed by a feeling of icy despair, but he was more firmly himself than ever.

Got some unsavory news today regarding Deadroom. It's a pretty complex story so calling it bad news is a bit of a misnomer. It in no way, shape or form does any harm to the film it just isn't what we wanted to hear at this point. As a matter of fact, it's probably done a great deal of good for the project, just not in the extent that we wished for. Who are we to complain though. I'm not purposefully being cryptic, it's just kind of a long story involving Sundance, Hollywood agents, and the hopes and dreams of four lowly Texas filmmakers. There are lots of details involved that I don't want to get into right now. No matter what we've still got a great film. It's a shame that every little thing has to be so hard when it comes to something so simple. Eh, anyway, I'll keep plugging away.

I've started a new script with David and I'm sure it will be great once it's done. We're writing every Tuesday now and hope to take a week in January to lock our selves away in New Mexico to finish it up. We'll see.
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The Suspense is Killing Me

I haven't had this many butterflies in my stomach since I fell in love with Amy.
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Jim Jarmusch is My Fucking Hero

Read this article and you'll know why. Ignore all the stupid shit the reporter is saying and just pay attention to what Jarmusch and the people who know him say.

Another goddamn genius is David Gordon Green. The pitch for his latest film Undertow was this: "It's the episode of Dukes of Hazzard that David Lynch never got to direct." Undertow is amazing and inspiring. Green has got his style and vision refined to a point of mastery. I can't wait to see where he takes his next project.

Deadroom is in a vicious cycle of waiting. Big news or crushing news? December will tell all. Hope is the brightest it's ever been. Even David's caught on to it. If anybody deserves something special to come of all this it's David and Yen especially. They've worked hard on this craft. They write and think and practice and consistently come up with true art. They've both got something amazing behind those eyes and I would give anything to be in the same league as them. They give their heart and soul to the game like no one else I know. I wish them luck and I hope they allow me to ride their coattails when the time comes.
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god's silence

Have you ever seen Winter Light? It's really goddamn good. Maybe it's the times but the philosophical nature and questioning the validity of faith in such a cruel world really hit home. Granted, I'm pretty fucking far from being a man of faith. I have trouble believing in a human standing directly in front of me much less some invisible, omnipresent being that no one will ever see, except through their own self-inflicted delusions of faith. Even with my lack of faith in religion this film still holds a lot of truths because faith is faith no matter where you place it. Right now I find myself in a crisis of faith with humanity. I've always lived under the belief that humans are basically good. They mean well and the world will continue to get better, etc. Lately, I haven't been feeling so optimistic about all that. And no, this isn't just a reaction to Bush getting reelected. That definitely provides one more case study for the ineptitude of humans, but isn't an all in all deciding factor on humanity.

I always fancied the idea of using my artistic endeavors to gain leverage in a progressive way. Do something to make a difference and make the world better. Lately, I've been wondering why I should bother. Maybe I should just make the films I want to make, have fun and enjoy my life while I can. Make sure the ones I love are safe and happy with me and forget about helping everyone else. They should be able to help their damn selves.

It's tempting but for some reason I just can't stop caring and that's why it pains me to see the negative aspects of humanity so far outweigh the positive ones. It seems that it's always been the same way. I have a wonderful life and I'm very happy with my own existence but there are so many people in horrible situations purely because of the evil of other humans and partly because of their own stupidity. Obviously there are more questions than answers and this is probably something that will plague me for my whole life. I want to do something but damn...there is so much injustice and I have to live with the fact that there are more people out there who would be willing to do me harm for their own gain than would be willing to help me out for no reward.
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My Sentiments Exactly


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So a recent email announcing the line up for the Deep Ellum Film Festival started like this "The fiercely independent festival will open with the Texas Premiere of Kinsey..." Then a later email from them had this description: "Kinsey is remarkable: a star-studded, glossy Hollywood film about Alfred Kinsey..." Now lets fuse those sentences together: The fiercely independent festival will open with the Texas Premiere of Kinsey, a star-studded, glossy Hollywood film.

I think this pretty much sums up the reason why several local filmmakers, myself included, aren't exactly happy with what DEFF has to offer us. I fully understand that they are trying to raise money for a cause. Great, do that. But don't try to front like your "fiercely independent" when all you really care about is getting as many "celebrities" out to your festival and show as many hollywood or indie superstar films as possible while pushing local filmmakers (and truly indie film in general) to the back burner. This is why I consider the Dallas Video Festival far superior to DEFF. DVF has a true grasp on what it means to be independent and proves it every year with their wide range of local, national and international underground and avant-garde films.

Amy and I finally had a chance to see "Motorcycle Diaries." It was a great film, we both very much enjoyed it. It did leave us both feeling a bit melancholy about the state of the world. Things haven't changed a whole lot since then have they? There is still so much injustice in the world. Che fought and died for the cause of justice and now he's on a T-Shirt made by non-union child and slave labor in other countries. It all just makes me feel there is little hope for real change. We're all just biding time till the end.
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This past week has been very interesting. Starting on Thursday night Spiral Diner was visited by a couple of Indie Rock Stars. Conner Oberst (of Bright Eyes) and Jim James (of My Morning Jacket) came in with a crew of folks to have some dinner. I was actually sitting directly next to them and had no idea until Sarah (DJ of the Local Treasure show on KTCU ) came and informed Amy, David, and I of their presence. Anyway, apparently several of our employees are big fans of Conner so it was an exciting evening for them. But it didn't stop there. The next night, one of our employees who is a huge fan of Bright Eyes made and executed what he called a "master plan" to meet Conner. Basically he took some food and put it in a delivery bag and drove it to the concert. He actually got right in, got a hug from Conner and was able to tell him how much of an inspiration he is. Good for him. At first Conner mistook him for a general fan. But when Justin said "I have a delivery from Spiral Diner" Conner did an about face and with a full smile on his face came back to collect. That's right he loves the Spiral Diner. Then later that night the band placed a huge order for delivery so another one of our employees that's a huge fan got to deliver that with Curtis along for the ride. When the got there with the food they were greeted with open arms and rushed past all the shoegazers standing near the bus hoping to get a glimpse of their hero. Now those of you who know Curtis know that his presence is a social lubricant. So of course they got to go hang out on the tour bus and have a long conversation. Which at some point got around to Curtis telling his tall tales of Papa Curtis. Apparently the guys from My Morning Jacket want to make a movie about it now. Of course being the good friend the Curtis is he suggested Fort Worth's own Best Local Filmmaker to do the job.

On Sunday Amy, Curtis, David, and myself got to attend an amazing show thanks to one of Amy's best friends and former roommate in L.A., Daphne Chen. She's in the band The Section Quartet which was opening for Sam Phillips. Now, I've never seen hide nor hair of this wonderful artist before. I was absolutely blown away by her performance and I'm very excited about owning every single one of her albums (except the earlier ones when she was a Christian Rocker. Thank goodness T-Bone came around and got her out of that mess.) Daphne's band was amazing as well and if for some strange reason anyone in New York is reading this please go check out their show on Oct. 22 at the Mercury Lounge when they will play Radiohead's OK Computer in it's entirety.

Spiral got a review in the Star-Telegram on Friday. It was generally a good review. I mean they gave the food high marks. But, seriously how many times can you call us quirky. Blossom was quirky, we're just different or weird or interesting or something but we are not fucking quirky. On top of that her overt food snobbishness came tumbling out in statements complaining about how she had to get her own silverware, stating that we have extreme piercings and exposed body hair, and apparently we weren't excited enough to see her because she complained about our greeting style. I mean, we're here to make food for people as equals not servants. I am happy to say that she ended her article with this wonderful statement, "Better quirky than corporate." And that sentiment, no matter how frustrating the title quirky is, makes this review a good review overall. At least she recognizes what we're going for. I guess it'll take a while for Fort Worthians to get used to the laid back style we have at Spiral. We treat our customers like house guest not masters. If you wanna be pampered and have your ass kissed go to some corporate crap place but if you wanna have dinner with some cool folks who actually care about you as a person, not just the money your spending then come to Spiral.
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Anytime I see something screech across a room and latch onto someones neck...

...and the guy screams and tries to get it off, I have to laugh, because what is that thing.

I'm still tired and all but I figured that instead of whining about how I have no time I should just learn to manage my time better. Also, I just need to suck it up and get used to being tired. No one ever got anything great done by being well rested.

Tomorrow is Yen's staged reading. I hope to see some of you there. Things really seem to be moving in FW. We've laid the groundworks to start a very cool MicroCinema. Several writers and actors have started eating up at Spiral wanting to talk shop with me. All these people that are involved with film are starting to appear that I've never seen before. I think we have a tight community of artist here and we can make this town something special for indie filmmaking. The folks at Lone Star Film Society have been very proactive in getting in contact with me so I'm proud to have them representing Fort Worth to the fullest. I'll keep you all posted with the haps.

The Gadabout Film Festival came through town. It was pretty damn amazing. They were traveling with a really great fun band called The Kiss Ups and a bunch of self published literature, zines and coloring books by Girls Not Chicks. These are mofos walking the walk. They don't make art and sit around waiting for somebody to show it for them. They take it to the streets, like a musician would and make sure their work gets out into the world. It's very inspiring and I hope to have some work of my own in the next fest. I think indie filmmakers have a lot to learn from this. It's time that we start realizing we can't rely on the industry to throw us a bone every once in a while. We have to make distribution happen for ourselves. Traveling film fest, microcinemas and self distrubution are the wave of the future.

Sorry if this post is kinda boring but I've been replying to emails all day so I'm kind of computered out.

Oh yeah, if you want a neat oppurtunity to be a guest artist on a record being made please visit Go Little Records in the Perfecting the Wave section you can contribute to a record the Jaye Barnes-Luckett is currently making.
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So tired...

All of this being busy is starting to wear on me. I'm tired, my desk is a mess, and I want more time to be creative. But I just can't be right now. Any spare time I have I spend resting or refilling my mind. Spiral is truly a force to be reckoned with and there is no forseeable break in site. It's kind of like having a kid, you can't just say, okay enough of this I'm moving on to something else. Oy vey. I just need to be patient. I know my hard work will pay off later.
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Best of

The Fort Worth Weekly "Best of" issue came out yesterday. Spiral Diner won best Vegetarian and Environmentally Friendly Business. No real surprise there. I feel good in the fact that we're not just the best Vegetarian because we're the only one. Even if this were a city like Austin we would still hold the title because we work hard to make sure all of our food is the best it can be. Even though we have a built in customer base we don't rest on mediocrity.

There was one surprise awaiting me in the pages of this issue. I was voted peoples choice for Best Local Filmmaker. This was strange because I had no idea anyone besides family and friends follow my career. However, that may be the explanation. Maybe my friends and family are the only ones who voted. Either way it's really cool and now I have to really live up to my title.

I've been really getting into the mood to write again. I think things are starting to smooth out at the Diner so I'll actually be able to take some time and do so. David and Yen are always a big inspiration to me because they get so much writing done. Especially David. His scripts are so well written. He really has taken the art of screenwriting to a whole 'nother creative level. His scripts are literary in a way that I've never seen. A piece of work that stands on it's own even if they are never interpreted in to a film. His latest example of this is "Henry Lee." A period piece set in the old west that is decidedly un-western. I really love the story and will have more thoughts once I sit down and read it again.

Finally made it out to see "Brown Bunny" and I liked it a lot. Way too much has been made of the blow job scene. I mean, it was clearly done in an experimental sense but it still had a place in the story. It wasn't completely random and definitely isn't what the film as a whole, is about.

I'm happy to say that Fort Worth will finally have a true venue for art house cinema. Albeit, a small one. Very small in fact. A fine group of people including myself are starting a MicroCinema. I'll be back soon with more details.

Yen's fine new script "Pit Stop" has a website and a staged reading scheduled for Wed. October 8. Please check the website and attend the reading.
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Same ole

Things are moving along quite nicely. We're staying consistently busy at Spiral. We got one of our first reviews over at FW Weekly: http://www.fwweekly.com/issues/2004-09-15/cafereviewed.asp. It's a very positive review although a bit condescending toward the issue of Veganism. It's kind of like a guy doing a review of a Gay Bar and constantly insisting that he's straight and not necessarily for Gay Marriage or something like that. Not to mention the fact that I was grossly misquoted in the final paragraph about the waiter thing. Oh well, at least he liked the food and that's what's important right now. Hmm, that last sentence I wrote looks very strange in writing. When you say the words "that's what's" in a sentence it works fine but written down it just looks awkward. Anyway, we also got named one of the Top 14 Vegetarian Restaurants in North American by VegNews magazine. That's pretty damn cool because amongst the other 13 there are some pretty famous restaurants and most of them are real fancy-shmancy. So if you happen to see a copy somewhere check it out.

We got another beam of hope for Deadroom. Unfortunately we won't be able to share any news about it until December. We had a "meeting" last night and it was so much fun hanging out. I really miss those Dallas guys. Oh well, I won't always be this busy with Spiral.

I wish I had more to say but I'm just really worn out from all the hours at Spiral and haven't done much besides be up there. Lucky for me we've got a wonderful crew that it's fun to hang out with. For more interesting blog reading please refer to Yen or David's blog.
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Waiting for Waits

Spiral is going great. Amy and I have gotten our schedule down from 16 hours a day to around 12. It's not as bad as it sounds. It's really fun being there and talking to customers and just hanging out in a restaurant that's actually ours. It's hard work but very rewarding. I'm constantly reminded of how I feel while shooting a film. What's so great about this is that it doesn't end and there's no post-production. So all those feelings you have while shooting are constantly on you.

On Thursday Greenpeace came by and hooked some major pieces of equipment to their "Rolling Sunshine" Solar truck. It was really nifty, for the entire lunch rush we were running off energy from the sun. It got me thinking of what it could be like to run lights for a film set like that. They told me it generates enough energy to power the average american household and can store up to four days worth of electricity. Hmmm..it'd be much better than renting a loud ass gas generator.

We got some tantalizing hope filled news regarding Deadroom. Of course I'm not saying anything until we actually know something. It could quite possibly mean nothing but here's hoping. All those damn rejection letters are starting to get to me. However, seeing how things have gone with Spiral have shown me that paying dues is a requirement for any successful adventure. Things just can't be easy, there has to be hurdles. I sent an email to my fellow directors reminding them (by reminding myself) that Deadroom has gone great since the beginning. We've faced some serious issues and every-time we not only got through it but came out above and beyond our means.

Man, I can't wait for Tom Waits' new album. BTW- Medulla is goddamned brilliant. Especially "Where is the Line.". I can't help but feel somewhat vindicated by Bjork's inclusion of beat-boxing on this album. I mean I've grown up with hip-hop and spent most of my life beat-boxing. I still remember the times when people called hip-hop a fad. So it's cool that this element of the culture is being embraced as part of high-art. It's kind of like Warhol embracing Basquiat. Is that a bad comparison? I don't know, it's makes sense in my mind.
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Sorry I’ve been MIA but holy fucking shitballs have we been busy. I mean busier than we ever could have expected. But I promised myself I wouldn't let this blog fall to the wayside like so many of mine have before so I'm squezzing (sic) in this blurb before I head back up to the diner. We knew we would be busy but we greatly underestimated the amount of staff it would take to handle it. So far I have been at the diner from open to close everyday. This weekend was ridiculous. I mean wer’e so busy that Amy’s Mom, Dad, and both their respective significant others were bussing tables and doing dishes for us most of both days. Even on Tuesday, which is traditionally a pretty slow day in this biz, we did better than our busiest day ever at the stupid rail market. I hope everyone loves their food and the atmosphere. We really do just want to serve great food and provide a cool place to eat it.

Luckily Amy and I were able to take a small dose of chill on Monday and hang out with David, Yen, and Jim. We had a nice dinner and were able to see Jim off proper like. He was our houseguest last week. Unfortunately we didn’t get to do much visiting so I’m glad we found some time to actually sit down and hang out with him. He’s a cool mo-fo. I’m constantly amazed at the group of friends I’ve amassed.
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food vs. film

Well, at long last we got our final inspection for Spiral Diner. It looks like we’ll be opening on Saturday. What a crazy time this has been. I think that most people like Amy and myself who are driven by a passion for something have a neat little ability to downplay the risk and all-consuming time factor of any given task. I know this is true of all my fellow Deadroom directors and most musicians and artist I know. The thought “Man this is gonna be really hard” is just an understood. “Yeah, but who cares.” Hemorrhaging money, time, stress, exhaustion, blood, sweat, tears; all these are requirements of the drive to create something great. They don’t even affect the decision really. It’s accepted that those things are part of the process.

But what if you fail?
Whaddya mean?
What if it doesn’t work?
Of course it’ll work!

That’s the other thing that those with passion often ignore. The risk of catastrophe. The reality is that actually doing what your driven to do is the success. In doing that thing that drives us we can never fail. Failure is just not part of the equation. Unless we don’t do it, then we fail. Better to die broke than be alive full of regret.

It’s amazing to me that making films exist in this whole other world. Getting Spiral ready has been a huge task full of red tape and all sorts of rules and regulations. When you want to make a film you just do it. If you want to open a restaurant you can’t just rent a space and open up. That’s pretty much how it goes with any business. There are rules and regulations. However, if you decide to make a film. Well there you go. Just get some equipment, actors, and a crew and do it. No red tape (at least on the indie level.)

Anyway, having this all done is a huge weight off my chest and I can finally start concentrating on film again. I really would like to get a damn script finished. I've started a bunch but just haven't had the capacity to stay on task and finish them. Amy’s really concerned with me staying off the schedule at Spiral so I can spend time getting some writing done. Now ain’t that cool. I plan to not let her down. David has written 12 complete scripts to my three. I gotta catch up to that sonofabitch (just as soon as I finish reading and giving feedback on his 12th, Henry Lee.)
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Deadroom in Filmmaker

Deadroom is in the new issue of Filmmaker Magazine. A pretty amazing feat considering it's the best magazine about Independent Filmmaking in the country. This came about due to an old connection David and I have with the writer Mary Glucksman. It's not much of a connection but in 2001 my short film "The Knocker" was playing at the Deep Ellum Film Festival. Through a set of circumstances David and I ended up having dinner with John Pierson and Mary was there with him. After dinner she passed us her card and said to let her know what we got going on in the future. Well, here it is three years later and Deadroom's what we got going on so we sent her an email. Amazingly she remembered us and said we could send her a media kit and she'd look it over. Well, she liked what she saw and whalla we're in Filmmaker. It's amazing to know that even a fragile connection such as that still means something in this business. Anyway, please pick up a copy at your local newsstand and show your support for a great magazine.

Oh yeah, Deadroom is on IMDb now so if you've seen it please write a review: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0418625/
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Stress and Inspiration

David handed me a book and said you have to direct this. I’ll write the script but you have to direct it. To me that’s a huge compliment. David is quite an astute critic and knowing he has the confidence in me to adapt such a work is very fulfilling. In fact it has reignited my feigning drive for filmmaking. Not that I was thinking of giving up or anything. I’m just really tired lately. Lots of long days filled with stress over getting the new restaurant open, plus the general elevated level of anxiety over how fucked up America has gotten. In thinking of my friends going to protest at the RNC it pains me to know that we’ve allowed our land of the free to become so close to a police state that they can arrest you just for being at a protest, or how the house passed a bill saying the Supreme court can’t hear a case that challenges the Marriage Protection Act. What the fuck? Traitors and every one of them should be jailed for terrorism. Our constitution guarantees a checks and balance system and yes seperation of church and state. You can’t just throw that out the window. If the Senate passed this (which they won’t) that would set a precedent meaning they could pass any law (like declaring Christianity the official religion) and no one would be able to challenge it in court.

Anyway, I finally found some time to sit down and read the book David gave me. It is pure genius. I mean really fucking good. At first I wasn’t sure where it was going or why David insisted that I should be the one to direct it. Then about half way through I got to it. Brilliant. I am going to make this movie someday. I have purposefully left out the name of the book because I don’t want to jinx it and I don’t want anyone to steal our idea and buy the rights to it before we do. I’m about a third of the way through now and I’m already picking out actors, planning locations, and developing the visual style. All this is rather futile considering it will be quite a few years before I have the clout to gather a budget for such a project. Planning never hurts.
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Why I Hate Religion

This is so fucking scary. Everyone please read this article and recommit yourself to the idea that WE CAN NOT JUST SIT BACK AND COMPLAIN ANYMORE. WE HAVE TO GET OUT AND MAKE SOMETHING HAPPEN.
Article III, Section 2 and the Wobbly Wall Between Church and State
by Maureen Farrell
"Whatever else it achieves, the presidential campaign of 2000 will be remembered as the time in American politics when the wall separating church and state began to collapse." -- New York Times Magazine, Jan. 30, 2000

Full article here.

UPDATE: Someone somewhere must have a link up to this entry because I keep getting a lot of fiery anonymous comments from religion haters out there. I try not to make a habit of allowing comments without some ownership by the author when they contain such strong words. So just an FYI, while I do appreciate your comments, please don't leave them incognito. Thanks!
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Falling in the Dark

Crawford was great. Beautiful actually. It pains me that such a vile man can vacation in that beautiful country while others suffer due to his policies. The F-9/11 screening was great. The set up was pretty amazing. They had an actual Theater screen attached to a giant blow-up frame and a van that had been converted to a projection booth. It was so sweet. All this was sponsored by the Alamo Drafthouse whom apparantly does this sort of thing all the time (not specifically for F-9/11 but outdoor screenings in general.) There were 3000-5000 people in attendence. I was glad to see several Bush supporters actually come inside to watch the screening versus the 20 or so who just stood outside with signs like "Moore Liberal B.S." or "No Moore Lies." I wonder if any of them had even bothered to watch the film. Some poeple resorted to handing out flyers about about the "59 deceits of F-9/11" (there is a great website that rebukes these here.) There were rednecks driving around in huge big-tire 4x4s with self-made Bush/Cheney signs, staring harshly at all those walking toward the screening. I suppose they were trying to be intimidating. All in all it was a very peaceful, affirming event. Moore himself couldn't make it out of Boston to attend the screening but there were some great speakers there. Please visit the website for the Crawford Peace House, http://www.crawfordpeacehouse.org/index.html, when you have a chance. It's an amazing thing they got going on.

After the screening me, Amy, Curtis, and several other friends went swimming and jumping off water falls in the dark. Actually, I just observed 'cos I didn't feel like soaking my only set of clothes. But everyone else swam and had a great time. We thought for sure Homeland Security would come make us leave but no such event occured. Then on the drive back there was a beautiful electrical storm. There was lightening landing in the fields all around us giving us hints of daytime strength strobe lighting the whole drive. At some points it rained so hard that I just had to drive 10 mph on the highway. Just yesterday Curtis told me that night a bridge on our same route home had collapsed due to river swell. Unfortunately no one knew about it and the rest of the night several cars drove off the bridge in the dark. Dozens died that way.
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Even The Great

Here's a great article about the lost, unfinished films of Legendary directors.

Hitchcock's Kaleidoscope sounds particularly amazing. Check out this description:
Kaleidoscope was the story of a serial rapist and killer. It was initially envisaged as a kind of prelude to Hitchcock's Shadow of a Doubt. There would be several murders, including an attempt on the life of a decoy policewoman - an idea that particularly excited Hitchcock - and a Psycho-style stabbing. And the director intended to use story details from infamous UK criminal cases (including an acid bath murderer and a necrophile).
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David Lowery

Not only is he a wonderful friend, brilliant writer, incredible editor and great filmaker. He is also a wiz at design. So a big thanks to David for creating the all new BC website (and for making all the menu headings for the Spiral Diner site.)

In about an hour or so I'll be off to watch "Fahrenheit 9/11" in Crawford. It should be interesting. Hopefully Curtis won't get arrested. I've already seen it of course but it has become an odd sort of symbolic protest to show the film in Bush's vacation town (especially since none of the theaters there are showing it.) Plus, the media will be there and I think it's important to show the world that Texas does have a Progressive movement of people.
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I finally be a go?