Hey hey everybody. I know, I know, it’s been a long time. We’ve been recouping and managing real life, which often has gotten pushed to the side whenever this moviemaking thing has taken over. But we’re back!
It was wonderful. Of course it was. Wisconsin audiences and a movie with the tagline of “Love, loss…and Wisconsin” ? I mean, come on. And we were lucky enough to show it twice (!!). And we got to hang out in Madison. A lot of our wonderful cast was able to come down for the premiere and some stayed for the second screening. Friends I haven’t seen in a million years showed up out of the blue. For our premiere, the amazing Ben Reiser who lead our Q&A brought down a pitcher of beer and some cheese curds of which we partook while answering questions.
See? It was amazing and it’s all a bit blurry to me now, which means it was extra amazing.
I’m still learning how to do film festivals. It’s pretty new to me. I’m not used to watching myself on screen with audiences, and I honestly would prefer not to (case in point: for our first screening I had my face in my hands for most of it and the second screening I just came for the Q&A). I’ve gotten used to editing myself, but for some reason watching with a bunch of other people makes me terribly embarrassed. And I realize that it’s a unique and wonderful thing to experience your work with an audience and feel out reactions, but usually a painter doesn’t stand next to a viewer at an art gallery and listen for their responses.
It’s strange. It feels very personal (and this movie is obviously verrrrry personal) and showing the film makes it very public. And I’m not incredibly comfortable with the attention. I like doing Q&As and talking about the movie, but I also feel the aftereffects of it all very intensely.
Hence my social media hibernation.
But I’m back. No real lessons to share, just back. Been working my day jobs, dreaming and plotting about the next movie, making some sound adjustments on June (will they ever end……? I spent this entire weekend remixing several scenes….kill me nowwwww), and of course – submitting to more film festivals.
Which brings up, of course, our latest news – if you haven’t heard, we’re screening June Falling Down next at the Film Festival of Columbus on June 5th. (!!!!!!!!) Apparently word of June traveled over to Ohio from the Wisconsin Fest, which is incredibly exciting. We hope it keeps going from here, like a rain drop with ripples, like a wildfire, etc., and so forth with the metaphors.
We’re so grateful for all of your support as we’ve brought our little movie out into the world – and all the kind words we heard at the festival. Jeez, you guys are wonderful. :-) We got an awful lot of encouragement to keep making movies, and that’s just enough to make me cry. Humbling, to say the least. And so, so helpful as we keep on running the marathon. And it’s really amazing, just how truly long this marathon is (oy) – and that’s a topic for next time…
Lovelies at the fest…
Photos from WI Film Fest, my merm, me, and Claire Morkin