It’s Sunday, April 28th, and this morning at around 6:30am I found out Julie and I had our short film 5AM accepted to the Hoboken International Film Festival.
About three week ago I received a letter from them, asking some questions about whether we’d be at the screening if we were selected, etc. We had received a similar letter from the Soho International Film Festival.
So, I thought it was a good sign. But then I never heard anything.
I’ve had a head cold for a couple of days, woke up very early this morning because my head was pounding and, again, checked their Facebook page for an update.
I decided to check their website because, you know, I’m obsessing about all of these festivals Julie and I invested in. Scrolling, scrolling… noticing the page is a lot longer than it had been the last time I checked it. Could be good, could be bad.
I got about 1/5 of the way down the page and there was my name, clear as day, next to 5AM.
I just kind of sat there for a second and said ‘you’re fucking kidding me.’
My mom, who sleeps insane hours because her dog runs her life, was up and I told her the good news.
I checked my email and, lo-and-behold, an email from the HIFF saying we got in.
Such a strange morning.
This is days after we found out that we didn’t get into Nantucket, which was a shame.
So, we’re psyched. 2 out of 5 ain’t bad. We’re waiting to hear from the Manhattan Film Festival and VisionFest, among others. But those two are early May notification dates. Fingers crossed.
We have a good time slot, too. Saturday, June 1st, at 2pm, which is the day after the opening night. So, we might just stay in Middletown, which is where the festival is taking place this year.
It’s a good push, you know?
Julie and I, amongst others, are in the pre-production stages of our new project, and this kind of thing can only help booster spirits.
We shoot this Sunday, the 5th, with a cast and crew who I know are going to be just awesome.
I brought on another co-producer, Lynn Mancinelli, who has been ADing and acting in The Thing, amongst a ton of other projects. She’s awesome, very talented, and smart.
Katie McHugh is ADing. She’s great, we worked together on Internet Affairs. Our AD from Internet Affairs, Holly Hughes, is doing too many jobs for me to list, or remember.
Marc, James, and Crystal, all people from The Thing, will be there, too.
Our cast is pretty spectacular, if I do say so myself. They’re a combination of people from The Thing, or they’re friends of either Katie or Lynn, both of whom seem to know everyone in this city, to some degree.
But maybe I’ll save them for the next blog post, and take a nice group photo.
Sunday should be a lot of fun. I have one more edit on the script, but we’re pretty close to it being done.
In other news tomorrow I’m meeting a filmmaker, to be the DP on her project. Should be fun. Other than that… that’s about it. I wanted to share some videos I’ve watched over the past month or so that I thought you might enjoy.
This is a teaser (kind of) for a web series called DADS (NSFW):
This is a cute animation I saw on Reddit. It is a thesis film:
Finally, this is a Tropfest finalist, Cargo:
Awesome, right? Such fantastic stuff out there.
I hope you’re all well. I appreciate the continued support on the projects we’re working on, on 5AM, and just in general. I’m quite sure it will all lead to wonderful things.
Thanks for reading.