Posts Tagged ‘The Film Panel Notetaker’

My new interview with Kris Swanberg

September 19, 2011

I have a new interview with Kris Swanberg posted at The Film Panel Notetaker in regards to the current battle to save her business, Nice Cream. Click on the picture above, and it will take you to the interview.

More news about the project and my classes…soon.



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.)


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.

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…