Happy Tuesday, everybody. If I’m a little low energy right now, blame the weather. It was apparently 105 yesterday and it’s 103 right now at 5pm. Blech. Give me some chilly fall weather! Give me winter’s approach, I’m dyin here.
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Anyway! So, of course, what do you do when it’s so hot out? Go see a movie! We saw The Florida Project yesterday and, oh my.
I loved it.
I’ll say first off, it’s not for everyone. Sean Baker is an amazing filmmaker, but he goes dark. At a certain point I always get itchy in his films. But there’s always hope, there’s always sweetness. And The Florida Project is just a miracle. I don’t know how he directed those kids, but it’s just incredible. Everything feels so fresh and funny and raw. I’m a big admirer of his. When I saw Starlet a while back I just knew he’d be – haha am I really writing this? – I knew he’d be going places. But it’s true! He’s wonderful. Man, and we sat right behind him at a festival a few years back and didn’t get to say hi. *snap*
And Willem Dafoe! Oh man. Just lovely. And did you know he’s from my hometown?
Anyway, I also enjoyed this article about Sean Baker going broke to make his movies over. Not that I want that for myself. But I relate. Yup, I do.
So that’s that. Movie inspiration. A freshness that makes me want to work harder.
One last thing: I’ve started posting a lot more on Instagram, especially with June Falling Down. I’m trying to be genuinely helpful to other filmmakers and people who are thinking about making their own microbudget movie or who are just trying to get motivated to make whatever their art is. We’re not saying we’re perfect or that June Falling Down is the best movie on earth. But we’ve learned an awful lot of lessons and we’re ready to share.
So, check it out. I’m giving a little snippet every day. Today I talked about what made us think we could make a movie as indie and low-budget as June: we knew how to make the most of our resources. Gotta know what you have. But I’m probably gonna get more and more into detail as we go along.
(Also, I’m sharing a lot more of the acting side of my life in my own Instagram. Gotta keep workin.)
Wait! Last, but not least, HELLO! We’ve got TWO Wisconsin screenings coming up in the next week or so! Door County! (see below) and we’re opening the Driftless Film Festival in Mineral Point! And we’ll be at both screenings to hang out, answer questions, and party down. CAN’T WAIT.