Bon voyage, brilliant friend! Many congrats. xo
I was hired at the LA Weekly as Film Editor/Critic almost exactly 3 years ago. Today, I’m stepping down from my position as staff writer. I’ll still contribute to the Weekly and its sister papers as a freelancer.
This was entirely my decision, it was a long time coming, and the factors…
Dear Beloved Filmmaker Friends Who Are Waiting to Hear From Sundance:
Some who I know well, others I just know because I love your films, or because we are “in the trenches together,” albeit only in spirit.
You are about to hear whether or not your film got into Sundance. Or maybe you already know, which in most cases means you are head-to-toe thrilled adrenaline (and now, REALLY finishing the barely-locked film), and to you, many congrats! To the rest who are waiting, or have already heard news they did not want, let me Facebook hug you. While I have had the fortune of having 2 films at Sundance, I’ve also experienced the great normalcy of many more films rejected by Sundance. And frankly, when I got “the good call” it has never made sense to me..It was never the one everyone told me was “a shoe in”, never the one with the most years of work or biggest budget. Of the many staff at Sundance I know, I can honestly say they are truly great individuals who care deeply about filmmakers… who dread having to make cuts, who are not looking forward to breaking the news to the talented MANY.
So I say to my teammates, even more important than saying that your FILM is awesome regardless of where it plays, YOU are awesome no matter who rejects your work. Do not read into it as a declaration of your own failure. Your investors, your producers, may suddenly turn on you on the sheer news of your film’s Sundance rejection. Maybe it seems you have less friends. Yesterday you were a brilliant auteur, but now you messed up. Do not let it ruin your spirit. Do not let one festival— or the whole world of them—define you and what you have made your life about. Yes, there are wars and disasters and more important things in the world than your independent film (aimed at stopping natural disasters), but that does not help you this week. You sacrificed any number of things, maybe people have invested in you their talent, money, faith. Just know you have done something most people only talk about drunkenly. You put words into action. As our field becomes saturated with Sundance talk, the next 10 weeks might become unbearable at times. But just know you are not alone, lick your wounds and carry on. And try not to drink too much.
Big news this week first with the debt ceiling deal being signed at the last minute, then the market fall, then the S&P downgrade of the U.S. credit rating. Useful to know about. Here are three solid big-picture posts on the subject that I recommend:
- Robert Reich: The S&P has no business…
Dear friends of Mom and other Republicans:
I’ve been declined health insurance by any company in the state of California because I take Wellbutrin. I say this not because I really want to share this on Facebook, Twitter and the like, but so that you know it happens to people who grew up in Grosse Pointe, went to great colleges, have graduate degrees, and don’t have cancer or diabetes.
Please have that provision for no pre-existing health conditions kick in before 2014.
Dear Supreme Court:
Don’t trash the Healthcare bill.
Whitey Bulger. I’m the Cambridge chick behind the camera.
Cherries, apples, Fords and Fish Flies.
Back in Boston, most of the parking meters use quarters. I know for a while they tried a card system in Ball Square but it was really fucked up, and like who wants to have a separate freakin credit card just to park in Somerville. But I digress. Anyhow, these parking meters are like computers! You enter the number of the space into the computer, and it’s a whole different world. Just watch the video!
Introducing BEYOND THE MASS PIKE.