Hello hello! After a big long break for summer, I’m back to the blawg. It’s no secret I get really burned out on social media and that I tend to do a ton of Facebooking, twittering, Instagramming to the point of tears and then I disappear for long periods and become a hermit…but here I am again. I’m sure you’ve missed me terribly…
Whatever, no big deal! What’s new?
More festivals! (!!!!) At the end of this month we’ll be at the Knoxville Film Festival on August 27th and immediately after we’ll be at the Portland Film Festival on September 1st and 3rd (we can only attend the first screening there as I gotta come back to LA to act in a horror movie…ya, you read that correctly). We’re completely thrilled to keep bringing June to more festivals around the country. As such a very very tiny indie movie, we’re just thrilled to be in the company of really excellent filmmakers. These last few years making this movie have been the biggest education I could have asked for, and now, meeting so many people who have done much bigger productions, it’s kind of thrilling to imagine what we might do next… (I wrote some version of “thrilled” at least three times just…screw it, I’m keeping it- though unimaginative, it’s accurate)
We finished the movie! I know, I know, you’re scratching your heads because I keep saying that we finished it and obviously we’ve screened at a couple festivals already…but we still had some sound changes we wanted to make, some color issues, one very slight cut, and a different song exchange….oy. I know. I spent the month of June and the first ten days of July working working working in our hot apartment. I watched that damn movie over and over again and by the time I got to the end I cried all the way through the ending credits, just a full on stream of tears. Finished. I immediately went out and bought myself a cookie.
Finn understands the need for reward.
I don’t think I’ve ever been so grateful to be done with something in my life. (“Done” for us means – we’ve made a DCP. “Done” also means, this movie isn’t perfect – and it will never be good enough to me, go figure – but it’s the best that we could make in the given time available. And now we let it go out into the world.)
I kind of still can’t believe I don’t have to work on it anymore. Hm, maybe scratch that: it’s not that I “don’t have to” it’s that I “can’t work on it anymore because I’ll kill myself.” Yeah, that sounds more accurate. Haha, but, no, seriously, come see our movie! (I can’t believe I’m the PR person for this movie…thaaaa worst)
I’m writing a new movie! Okay, let’s not get dramatic here – I’ve been writing a new movie for well over a year, a year and a half probably. But I finally have the time and mental space to write. And that’s been simultaneously delicious and also very intimidating. June Falling Down didn’t really require a ton of research for me, it’s all pretty personal but super dramatized.
This next movie is requiring a lot more out of me. There’s a lot of Googling, a lot of stalking small town police and sheriff’s department web pages (and forums – did you know there are police forums out there? wild). I might have to do some interviews down the line. It’s a lot of me staring into space and trying to imagine different elements coming together, different story lines. This last movie was all based on one character and this next is definitely an ensemble movie. And I’m already falling in love with a lot of the characters.
I’m excited. But I also feel a real responsibility to do this right. This is going to be a much darker movie. That’s all I can say.
All right, folks, I promise to write more later. It’s an interesting place to be in, promoting this movie while writing another. I got lots to say, you betcha.
I took this picture on my phone to prove a point about Door County – how you can basically just click and take a photo and it’s pretty. I put zero effort in. It’s literally just this beautiful. Sigh. Can we go back already?