Cuenta Regresiva

January 31st, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Zach here. I got a couple items.

Last week we had our first rehearsal as well as a wardrobe selection session for The International Sign for Choking. Nandan took a picture.

It went well. A lot of things are falling into place more nicely than I ever could have hoped for. But like I always say: the nicer they fall into place, the more devastatingly they crumble out of place. We’ll see. A couple bits of bonus news include the fact that Bummer Summer‘s Latin American distributor is arranging for some theatrical action while we’re in town, and that we’ll all be going to see Gabi on the Roof in July as part of our wrap party at the 13th annual BAFICI, an amazing festival with (apparently) amazing taste. I’m very excited to get down there in just ONE WEEK FROM TODAY. At the end of the day, here’s why:

The only setback so far was when leading lady Sophia (pictured above) requested a mid-shoot leave of absence for reasons of TOP SECRECY. At first I was hesitant, but following an intense gchat argument in which she said “YOU HAVE SO MUCH TO SHOOT WITH OUT ME YOU HAVE TO GO TO AN ENTIRELY DIFFERENT CITY IT WILL BE FINE IF IM GONE” I conceded. Look out for the breathtakingly exciting news related to this leave of absence in a few weeks.

Finally, I had my first New England experience this weekend with a screening of Bummer Summer at the Flyrock Records studio in Dover, NH. I wouldn’t normally choose to screen the movie to a room full of people there to get drunk and waiting to see live music, but my buddy Dan O’Brien invited me to come do it and I didn’t have any idea what to expect. Considering the circumstances, things went surprisingly well. And fortunately, the attractive and technologically savvy Jennifer Proescher was on hand to capture some audience reactions on her phone:

He also referred to me as an auteur. In context, he was passing me a joint as he said, “Yo the auteur’s gotta hit this!”


January 17th, 2011 § 2 comments § permalink

Nandan here. Just saw (almost) every scene of my movie back to back for the first time today. One might call it an assembly. It was rough, and the takes were chosen as placeholders. Mike (Sweeny, who’s editing) and I decided we needed to just get some sort of an assembly to give us a sense of what this movie is before we even began watching all the footage (which is quite a decent amount).

Mike said he did get a better sense of what this movie is. So did Zach. I don’t think I did.

Watching the first cut of Bummer Summer was a revelatory experience for me. I did, as feared, feel disconnected. And I still had all the associations that made me see intellectual film-making decisions rather than scenes with characters interacting. But to see the scenes in order suddenly made it into a full movie and showed me patterns, rhythms, and story-lines that I had never even comprehended before. I walked away thinking Zach was a genius.

Okay genius is a little strong. But I really was impressed that there were beats and connections I had never managed to comprehend from reading the outline and discussing individual scenes and decisions and rehearsals.

That’s what I was hoping with my screening today. To walk away thoroughly impressed with my own brilliance, and to see connections and successes that were what I had planned and wanted in an abstract sense but completely different to view as a physical reality. I experienced that when I would watch clips in detroit. I was constantly thrilled to watch the acting and really felt like these scenes were being acted out a thousand times better and more real and engaging than I could’ve ever written or imagined them.

But instead, today, I just saw takes. A series of takes. Disconnected. Disjointed. And with no association one with another. It doesn’t help that the film has no real narrative to begin with. I thought about walking out of the room, powerless, nothing I could do, nothing I could do to understand what I was thinking or imagining when I thought or imagined this jumbled mess of not-very-clear ideas. The film coheres about as much as my thoughts right now. And I’m about as excited about it as I am about what I’m writing about about now.

Anyways, that experience aside and thinking about things with a distance I feel really hopeful that after we sit down and really dive in to edit this in the next couple weeks something good will come out. I hope. I believe it will be alright. I think I might even enjoy it at times. I really do. It might work as a whole piece as well.

In other news, we’re preparing pretty hard for Argentina. Zach’s spending a lot of time writing and engaging in serious telephonic discussion that is spanning the country. I’m making a movie while I’m here that involves the following art collective/space/project: – I’m pretty hyped. It’s a process that is really really exciting to me and totally new and I don’t know what it’ll quite be yet but I want to tell you about it but telling you about it seems really monumental and intimidating right now. I think the product is going to be more or less a narrative film. If you are in New York you should come to the screening/opening on January 29th. 21 Monitor street in Brooklyn. 6PM.


Also, they got some really cool reviews today which is really exciting. Such as in VARIETY.

Back in the New York Groove

January 15th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Rob Here,

There’s been a serious lack of blogging going on on this blog. What’s the deal with that?

About a week and a half ago Zach resurfaced in New York. Nandan followed up on that a week later. So I think Nandan and Sweeney are going to be editing on that Detroit adventure and Nandan and Zach are gonna be prepping on that Argentina Adventure.

I assume more news is going to be seriously forthcoming. Seriously.

Where am I?

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