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Merrily, Merrily - Sidewalk Moving Picture Fest Screening

Merrily, Merrily will be playing in Birmingham, AL at the Sidewalk Moving Pictures Festival this weekend.

Here's the details:
Sat. September 27
2pm
Location: Harbert Center

It is playing before Medicine For Melancholy for which I'm very honored and also very nervous. Medicine is one of the most highly anticipated films of the year so it will likely be a packed screening. I'm glad there will be lots of people to see it but I hope they don't get too antsy having to sit through my 17 minute existential angst film before getting to watch the film they really came to see!

Either way, I'm excited to be there and share the film again with a new audience and take part in an amazing festival.

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Merrily, Merrily will also be playing at the Naperville Independent Film Festival this week. If I understand correctly, Naperville is just outside of Chicago. This is a first year festival and I don't know much about it but I wish them much luck on their inaugural run and I hope the film will play well there. You can find the schedule for the festival here.
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Receive Bacon - the shoot, the edit



The shoot: Fun and excellent. Jonny and Kelli are such great performers with wonderful attitudes to boot. The crew was tight and all the background extras were on point. I had a lot of fun.

The edit: Oy vey. Not so fun. I already knew but this project in particular has verified that I DO NOT like to edit my own films. My judgement gets way to clouded by what I meant when I wrote the script and the moments and visuals I fall in love with while shooting. This script was about two and a half pages. The cut so far is almost 7 minutes! I don't know what else to take out.

I'm kind of glad I'll be out of town all next week. It will give me a chance to quit thinking about it and come back fresh the week after. Then I have to start killing my babies.

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This is pretty comical: http://www.myspace.com/politicalsongs.

I don't understand how someone could be so excited over McCain. Maybe he used to offer something different but definitely not anymore. Then again, maybe he's just using this appalling, divisive right wing Karl Rove type stuff to get the vote out and win. Then he'll swoop in and be the centrist superman that nobody wants him to be! I don't know, I'm not a Republican, maybe that guy knows something I don't.
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On the eve of Receive Bacon

I'm shooting a new short film tomorrow. This time it's a really short film. Thanks to Bryan Poyser for hooking me up with two great actors from Austin, Jonny Mars and Kelli Bland. Thanks to David for convincing me to do it now instead of later. Thanks to Brad for letting me use the Chat Room Pub for the shoot. Thanks to Tim for loaning me some key equipment. And of course, thanks to Clay and the rest of the crew who will be waking up early on a Sunday to help me make the film possible.

It's gonna be a fun shoot for a fun little film. I hope to have it edited by the time I land in NYC to help rep St. Nick at IFP Independent Film Week.

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In other news:

Merrily, Merrily has been accepted to three new festivals for the fall: Sidewalk Moving Pictures Festival, Naperville Independent Film Festival, and Austin Film Festival. Amazing! I'm happy we're getting some more play this year. I'd like to get the film online at some point. Just trying to find a good online home for it.
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Why can't the real media be this prescient?

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A sad day - RIP Orson

Sleeping in my lap - Jan. 08


When Amy and I went to the Humane Society searching for a missing cat we met this little gray and white kitten for the first time. As soon as I saw him I knew we had to take him home. He had the most boisterous meow and stretched his arms through the holes of his cage as far as they would go trying to get our attention. When we asked to see him as soon as the cage opened he immediately jumped in my arms and climbed to the top of my shoulders and set there purring.

He was a few months old, found living on the streets by himself. So we adopted him. How could we not? We named him Orson, full name was Orson Welles the Adventure Cat. He truly earned his name. He played like mad, climbed to the top of tall trees, jumped off of roofs, and wrestled with cats twice his size. He had a joyous spirit and lived life for all it's worth.

At night he loved to nestle his face into my beard and go to sleep purring so loud I could hardly sleep myself. His favorite napping spot was my office chair where he'd curl up tight covering his eyes with a paw. He was enthralled by the shower - so curious about what went on in there. After every shower as soon as the water was off, he'd jump in there and look around.

Whatever he did it was always with utmost glee.


Playing on my desk after I dragged him from playing in the fireplace, Jan. 08.


Last night, just after midnight Orson passed due to complications with Kitty Leukemia. It happened very suddenly with no warning. One day he was playing and running around full of youthful exuberance and the next day his body was being ravaged by internal bleeding. He wasn't even a year old.

We laid him to rest under the rose bush in our backyard.

Before meeting Amy I never thought I'd admit out loud that I loved a cat but indeed I did love that little friend of mine. He was the best damn cat a big lug like me ever could've had.

Me and Orson, Jul. 08