May 20th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Nandan here. I just realized you are all probably wanted an explanation for Rob’s post below.

Here’s me tying his tie for him:

The Bronze/Tieland

May 20th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Zach here. Do you remember when Bummer Summer screened at that festival in Athens, OH about three weeks ago? Me too.

Well, I just found out via e-mail that we won third place. I don’t think it’s very commonplace for festivals to award a first, second, and third place. But since we won it, I’m glad that this festival did. I wonder how many other third places we may have won and not even known it? Or fourth places? Or seventh? Seventh place is what I scored in the local skateboard contest in 2003 I think it was.

After the previous post, you may also be wondering why the blog seems to have been hijacked by a fucking nutcase. You wouldn’t be the only one. Thank heavens tomorrow is casual Friday.

TIE a yellow RIBbon

May 20th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Hey there.

Rob here.

I just wanted to beat Zach to the punch by posting this brand new photograph of me wearing a tie.

Hot Bi-Coastal Action

May 18th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Zach here. Something like three weeks ago I mentioned impending news of yet another festival screening, as well as a hometown premiere. Let’s tackle the latter first.

That’s the trailer for the hometown premiere in question. It’s really just the regular trailer with a series of sweet looking title cards at the end dishing out the details. If you’re in the Pacific NW, come to the Capitol Theater in downtown Olympia on Saturday July 3rd to see the movie. It starts at 3:00pm, but the doors open at 2:30 and you’d better believe that you’ll need to get there early if you want to get a good seat. I’m pretty excited/nervous about this one. A lot of the people that’ll be coming know me from way back, but they don’t necessarily know me as the artsy, cinephilic type (more likely as the down-n-dirty homeboy) and I’m not sure if everyone knows quite what to expect. At the same time, I know that a lot of the kids ’round here are excited, and will bring the good vibes no matter what I screen. I love them for that.

And now for our next festival:

Nice poster, right? I feel that it’s pretty dead in line with the tone of Bummer Summer, so everything should go over great.

But really, I’m so super psyched to go back to New York to screen the movie there. In a way, it’s almost like another hometown premiere. And to make things even spicier, our old friends the prom king and queen of Cinequest will be screening their masterpiece Gabi on the Roof in July on opening night! Meanwhile, we didn’t get such bad screening times ourselves. You can check out all of the details here. The venues, while modern and plush, are also ridiculously tiny. If you want to come see the film, pre-ordering tickets will almost certainly be a must.

And that’s all from me for now. Because I’ve got work in the morning and I have to be up like thirty extra minutes early just to figure out how to put my tie on. Check back in a few days and maybe I’ll have posted a photo of myself wearing a tie. Rare treat.


May 8th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Nandan here. Last week I went to Athens, Ohio. We were accepted into the Athens Film and Video Festival, and when I told the festival director Ruth Bradley that I would come out for the screening, she offered to fly me out for the festival. I couldn’t help but doubt that it could possibly be financially savvy of them to offer this to me, but I was more than happy to accept the invite and come out. I think I had had a good impression of Athens as a town, but not one that was in any way defined. My new impression: Awesome.

Athens was really a beautiful town. First of all, the state is gorgeous, at least the drive from Cincinnati where I flew in, to Athens. I stayed with a few couchsurfers, Lauren, Damian, Trevor, and five other kids that lived with them who I either never met or met too briefly to remember names (although they seemed like people worth remembering). I think I had had a good impression of kids that would be living in Athens, but not one that was in any way defined. My new impression of kids living in Athens: Awesome.

The festival looked like this:

We had one screening, to which people actually came, which is always exciting. While in comparison to other screenings this one was fairly intimate, it’s still weird to me that anyone would read the description and want to come see the film. Not that the description’s bad, I just can’t feel anything towards it. It’s weird how my feelings about the film are slowly become more and more based on how others react. I mean , during and after we shot and edited the film I knew quite consciously that I was not able to watch it as an actual film and doubted that I ever would be able to. It was therefore impossible to form an opinion about it as a film from watching it. I see a collection of scenes that have a long history of memories. But as I hear from more and more people how they reacted to the film, my opinion slowly becomes more and more just what they tell me. I didn’t intend to get into that at all, but I’m excited to see how my thoughts on this sit in relation to Zach’s thoughts below. I’m not excited to see how self-absorbed these thoughts are in relation to the world.

After our film we saw a locally-made film called Skatopia. Which was a documentary about a super-insane skate-haven, and the atmosphere in the crowd was super-appropriate. One of the kids that introduced the film was throwing up in the back rows after the credits rolled.

P.S. I’m hyped about the projects we have coming up in the next year. Especially the Bummer Summer sequel.

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