Posts Tagged ‘SXSW’

Looking for Suggestions

December 31, 2012

After this year’s SXSW, I decided to refrain from posting. After all, as I said, I didn’t want to give away too many spoilers on this project. Also, I wanted to focus on finishing schooling, which I did in May. I actually thought about deleting this completely, but I decided to make this post instead.

If I still belonged to Shooting People, I might ask this question on one of their lists, but since I’m not, I’m posting it here.

I am looking for a music supervisor. Specifically someone who has experience working on low budget productions, and experience with negotiating with Indie Bands (and more than just bands pulled off of MySpace). If you know someone who fits my qualifications (or if you do), please contact me at erin at

Also, I’m looking for accommodations for 2013 SXSW. Preferably something that’s within three miles of the Austin Convention Center. These are accommodations for two people (women). The cheaper the better.

Otherwise, Happy New Year!


“Let’s Just Hope They Smoke It.”

February 28, 2012

Last week, I started e-mailing PDF copies of the script out to certain people. To illustrate how I feel right now, I’m posting a clip from the 1998 movie Half Baked. What Thurgood (Dave Chappelle) says at 1:11 nails it.

Clip from Half Baked: Hitting the Streets

In other news, I have found a place to stay for this year’s SXSW. See you all there!

Looking for accommodations for Austin

February 18, 2012

Next month, my friend and I will be coming to Austin for this year’s SXSW Film Festival. At this point, I pretty much have everything in place: our flights have been arranged, and we have our passes. I’m so close to it I can taste it! Only one major thing we still need…

…Housing. We will be arriving on Friday, March 9th, and leaving on Wednesday evening, March 14th. We are currently searching for accommodations, and would prefer a location that’s within three miles of Austin Convention Center (makes it convenient for cheaper cab rides), and near a bus stop. Please understand that we are on a tight budget, and are looking for accommodations that $150 per night or less.

If you have accommodations for us, please contact me at erin at using the subject line “SXSW QCC Blog Housing”. Thank you.

RIP Whitney…

I Never Asked For Your Crutch, Now Don’t Ask For Mine

January 27, 2012

Earlier this week, I called a friend of mine to wish her a Happy Birthday. I caught up with her, and she recommended a bunch of movies I’ve already seen. As I was on the phone with her, she asked me how this project was coming.

I informed her that the script was in rewrites, and that I would be working on contacting people soon. Then she launched into this rant about how I should apply for grants because it’s going to cost me at least a million dollars to make this movie. For the record, I’m not necessarily against applying for a grant. My only gripe grants has to do with the duration of time it takes to receive it, and most of the time, you have to partner up with a non-profit in order to receive one. She got the million dollar budget quote from kid whose film she appeared in. According to her, his MBA from Keuka College designates him as an authority on these matters.

Flashback to last May. This friend of mine, as well as another close friend of mine, went out for Wing Night at Lloyd’s, a popular bar in Penn Yan. We ran into “Keuka MBA” (as I’ll call him) and his brother, who apparently has graduated from Wells College’s film program (I’ll call the brother “Wells Film Degree”), and she introduced me to them. She told them I was making a movie about the call center that we worked at, to which Keuka MBA commented,


Christmas Time is Here!

December 16, 2011

I officially finished with my coursework for this semester this afternoon, so now I am now done for this semester. Now I can focus more on re-writing and working to get the production off the ground. I’m working on trying to find a way to go to SXSW in March.

Other than that, not too much going on. Meanwhile, some Charlie Brown Christmas. Happy Holidays, everyone!


June 25, 2011

NY was a blast.

I went down on the 17th for BAMCinemafest. The Catechism Cataclysm was just as fun the second time around (I saw it first at SXSW). This was my first time attending a Rooftop Films event, although it was held in a parking lot across the street from BAM Rose Cinemas, so maybe it should have been called “Parking Lot Films”? Anyway, I got to see a lot of people, like the film’s director, Todd Rohal, its stars, Steve Little and Robert Longstreet, as well as Michael Tully, Sophia Takal, and Lawrence Levine.

Sunday Night, I saw The Color Wheel with my friend Brian, who runs The Film Panel Notetaker. The Color Wheel is a very offbeat road movie about two siblings who set out on a road trip after JR (Carlen Altman) is dumped by her professor (Bob Byington). Michael Tully called the film a sitcom version of Frownland. The Color Wheel has similar themes that more mainstream independent films have, but with the “developed” aspect removed, The Color Wheel‘s characters are more absurd (in the existentialist sense of the term) rather than cartoonish. At the Q&A following the screening, Carlen Altman, the co-star and co-writer of the film, was genuinely grateful to be there:

“This is the first time I’ve finished a creative endeavor,” she said. (Okay, these weren’t her exact words, but she said something very similar.)


Career Options

June 7, 2011

Ted Hope recently tweeted that his most read post since moving his blog over to IndieWire was a post titled, “A ‘Career’ In Indie Film? Better Have That Second Job Lined Up…“. The crux of the post is basically this: whereas once you could sustain a living as an independent filmmaker, you now need to have a “day job”.

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I got laid off back in February. One of the ups of being laid off was that my co-workers and I were approved for Trade Act Funding. One of our trainers at my last job busted his ass to have us all approved for this. Thus, the progress of this project has been delayed by thoughts of, “Where do I go from here?” At the risk of being self-indulgent, I really don’t want to be working at just above minimum wage for the rest of my life. It would be nice to have something to fall back on that would allow me to support myself, be independent, and be able to continue on this lovely path of making movies.


Questions? Comments? Concerns???

April 26, 2011

According to WordPress, It’s been a year, a month, and two days since my last post. In between that time, I got hired at a call center, abandoned the inital project of this blog completely, and tried to start a new blog. For the last several months, I’ve been working on a movie based on the experiences I had with this job. I was laid off by a call center in February, only to be called back to work for a month, starting in March and spanning to last Monday (4/18). Hopefully, I’ll write more about that job as I go along. In the meantime, I’m working on finding a new job, contemplating taking advantage of the Trade Act Assistance Program, and working on this movie as well.

The problem is, I was hoping to shoot the movie this summer. It’s almost the end of April, I’ve been working on the script since October, and I haven’t even finished the script yet. So embarrassing. Due to the huge backlash last year against overpromoting your movie online*, as well as not wanting to overexpose myself. But the internet has played a huge role in pushing my career forward, and it’s not like I live in a place where I have easy access to certain resources. I’m willing to do anything (well, almost anything) that will allow me to push this project forward.

Last December, I went down to NYC, where I attended a special screening of You Wont Miss Me at Cinema Village (I interviewed Ry Russo-Young back in 2009), and used the opportunity to get the ball rolling. In March, I attended SXSW, my third time attending the festival. There, I met and/or reconnected with a number of people, some of them I hope to have come up here and work on this project: Chad Hartigan, Benjamin Kasulke, Joe and Kris Swanberg, Alicia Van Couvering, Michael Tully, Sophia Takal, Andrew Bujalski, Bryan Poyser, Dustin Guy Defa, Daniel Laabs, and Alex Karpovsky. I had a fun mentoring session with Nathan Zellner. I also attended a few panels that were very helpful, some of which I documented for The Film Panel Notetaker. I also saw some great movies: Takal’s Green, The Catechism Cataclysm, The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye, Surrogate Valentine, Silver Bullets (which I hope to write about at length at some point), and David Lowery’s short, Pioneer. Tomorrow, I’ll be attending the 360 | 365 Festival in Rochester, where I’ll be doing a little more networking…hopefully. I’m also hoping to make one more trip to New York to meet with more people soon.

My main goal in keeping this blog is to keep myself motivated to finish the script and forge ahead. I need to distract myself from other things, and posting on this blog is the best way I know how. In the meantime, I’m going to leave you a link to “Hustle”, a song I’ve been listening to as I’ve been working on this:

*Brian Geldin, who runs The Film Panel Notetaker, the blog I contribute to, wrote a nice counter-argument that even Michael Tully liked.

SXSW is now officially a really, REALLY BIG DEAL

March 24, 2010

I missed out on SXSW this year. I couldn’t afford to go, and with my situation, I couldn’t justify it, either.

It was packed this year. People complained. I talked to two attendees and both said it was incredibly crowded. Here’s what Chad Hartigan (a fine director in his own right) tweeted me:

My other friend said he was able to get in and see almost everything he wanted to see, but attributed that to knowing the right people.

What prompted this post was Karina Longworth’s write up on the festival. Unlike the previous article, Longworth defers the blame to the festival’s slow burn:

If the fest’s planners failed to see the tipping point coming, perhaps it’s because it’s been so slow to arrive. In past years, it’s taken a long while for the masses to care about the stuff that SXSW audiences eat up (Greta Gerwig, the it-girl of SXSW 2007, may co-star in the new Noah Baumbach movie, but she’s hardly a household name), if they ever come to care at all (the 2009 Seth Rogen comedy Observe and Report was a major SXSW hit and notable box-office bomb). This year, the SXSW audiences were the masses.

Meanwhile, Todd Sklar of Range Life made this observation:

The “Mumblecore” movement is what prompted me to want to pursue this movie. I’ve never had too much trouble getting into the movies I want to see the last two years I attended the festival. Then again, I’ve always been there early enough. I was seriously hoping to submit this movie to SXSW once it’s finished (If it ever gets made). While this development doesn’t leave me entirely daunted, it does make me nervous.

However, if the film festival has superceded the music festival it grew out of, that is a sign of the times indeed.

The Film Panel Notetaker Fundraiser–Please Donate!

January 12, 2010

A blog that I do some work for, The Film Panel Notetaker, is holding a Fundraiser so that we can continue traveling to festivals and taking notes. A contribution–even a small one–would be greatly appreciated. To learn more about the Fundraiser, and/or donate, please click here.

It would really be great if some of you did, so that I may be able to return to SXSW again in March…