Monday March 17,
GOT TEETH? GOT TUNES.
Fawcett, Lisa & the boys
first SXSW screening was on Sunday, 3/09. We screened at the Alamo
Drafthouse, where you can drink & eat while you watch a film. I
thought that would be distracting, but the audience was the best we've
ever had -- laughing in all the right places & gasping where
appropriate, too. The screening was followed by a great Q&A, which
included numerous compliments on the film. We sold out (& turned
away 40 - 50 people).
the ticket holder's line
event was the ASCAP / EvenHand party, featuring the music of the
incomparable Mike Doughty and
Mescaleros, a great San Antonio
band. The party was held at Stubb's, a very cool BBQ music joint.
Great food, excellent tunes and a really good turn-out from the SXSW
film crowd. Lovisa and Emma managed the EvenHand T-shirt table and
after a slow start, sales were brisk. If you want one, too, click
and I also did a radio interview with Sal
Rastegar, a local Austin guy, during which Mike played some live
tunes on the acoustic guitar. Very cool.
Doughty rocks the
house at Stubbs
Tuesday, I attended our jury screening at the Florida Film Festival. I
was in Texas for our first FL screening, which was at their main
venue, the Enzian, which is a pretty cool theater. It's the same idea
as the Alamo in Austin -- eat & drink as you watch a film,
although it's set up more like a dinner theater with round tables. The
screening I attended, however, was in a shitty multiplex, the Park,
and the crowd was pretty thin. There were no masks for the side of the
screen and the entire film was slightly out-of-focus. One attendee,
though, was Brian Quain, who has a cool website called Resolution
365. He made a new year's resolution to watch a film a day
all year and post his reviews on the site. He gave EvenHand one of our
best reviews yet. Thanks, Brian.
Teeth?" was on a billboard I saw in Orlando. The city has a
really nice neighborhood, for which Park Avenue serves as an axis, but
there's also the usual endless strip malls. And, I guess, enough folks
without choppers to warrant their own billboard.
2nd & 3rd SXSW screenings were at the Millennium Youth Center, way
on the East side of Austin. I freaked when I got there -- it was in a
really bad part of town and there were kids having birthday parties,
playing in the video arcade and bowling. But, on Wed. we got a
crowd of 80 people (house seats 130) and on Thurs. we had 115, almost
selling out, which was outstanding considering what people had to do
to get there. Good response all around and a really nice way to end
Kevin Coogan (ASCAP),
me, Mike Doughty, Bill Dawes & Lisa at Stubb's
of my favorite moments was after the Thursday screening. An older
gentleman came up to me and shook my hand, saying "You made a
damn fine movie." He left the theater, but came back in almost
immediately and said "I've had over 34 years in law enforcement
and you made a damn fine movie."
It's nice to know that from an experienced cop's perspective I got it
Farrah picture was taken when Lisa went out with Woody Harrelson's
gang, who were attending SXSW with his film, Go Further. Lisa
walked up to Farrah to introduce herself. "Hi, I'm Lisa,"
she said. "No thank you," Farrah replied. Okey-dokey.
[but, it all had a happy ending. See the
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