Thursday May 1,
THE LOST CITY OF NEW YORK(see
"The Frozen Archive" by Paul Allman in the March/April
issue of Film Comment)
six months on the road at various film festivals, EvenHand is finally
coming to my home town, New York City. For those of you who have not
been subject to our ruthless self-promotion, please make note that
EvenHand will screen at the Tribeca Film Festival next week. For dates
& times consult the Tribeca Film
Tribeca Film Festival sprung, almost literally, from the ashes of the
World Trade Center disaster in the spring of last year. It's rise to
the top of the festival world was unprecedented in so short a time.
This year it promises to further revitalize downtown New York and I am
immensely proud to be a part of it.
is doing so much better than it was even a year ago. I remember going
to a screening at the Tribeca Film Center in late 2001 and the smell
of the World Trade Center site even permeated the interior of the
theater. Julie and I went to a local Tribeca restaurant for dinner
that evening and we were the only customers all night. Now, it is once
again teeming with people, although there are still reminders of what
happened, not least of which is the enormous 16 acre hole in the
The Subway entrance across the street
World Trade Center site, still forlornly broken and closed
out yesterday, upon returning from three days of the dreaded jury
duty, that EvenHand's first Tribeca screening on 5/08 is already sold
out. Awesome. The second screening on 5/09 is in a bigger theater and
is during the day, so I expect there will still be tickets available
over the next few days. But, the festival is doing an amazing
promotional job -- there are TV spots, ads in the papers and magazines
and even on bus shelters for gosh's sake.
also assembled an excellent team to support the film (and the
director). Doing publicity is Rachel Goldstein of Goldstein
Communications. She came recommended by Rachel Sheedy, Bill Sage's
agent. So far, she has proved herself to be a veritable dynamo of
recent addition to the team is Andrew Herwitz of the Film Sales Co.
Andrew has signed on as a producer's representative for the film. He
worked for six years as co-head of acquisitions at Miramax and
certainly knows the selling game. As an indie filmmaker, just getting
a producer's rep to answer the phone is a challenge. Signing with one
means they believe that the film will sell -- excellent news for the
broke director, eager to share his work with the world (or some tiny
portion thereof). Detailed contact information for Rachel and Andrew
can be found on the Publicity,
Press & Sales page.
new colleague is Sukee Chew of Hopscotch Pictures. Sukee has agreed to
sign on as my manager. She has great energy and enthusiasm for EvenHand
and its director and I am very excited to be working with her.
As you may or may not know, Jon
and I were invited by the Memphis Film Forum to screen Cherry
as a kick-off event to promote their nascent film festival. The MFF is
now in its fourth year and we were pleased to be invited back. The
festival was pretty laid-back, but the quality of the work seemed to
be pretty high for a smaller festival. Two features that Jon and I
both really liked were Kwik
Stop and Outpatient.
The EvenHand screening went well, although we didn't have as big a
crowd as I had hoped. The enthusiasm ran high, however, and we were
lucky enough to meet Debbie and her two daughters, Roz and Scarlet,
the unofficial co-captains of the EvenHand fan club. The girls
are now sporting complimentary "Fat
Cop" tank tops, causing quite a stir in local law enforcement
and among the boys in general.
Here's Joseph, Scarlet, Jon &
Debbie at the Gibson party in Memphis
(USA) and Nashville
I did not attend either of these festivals, due to conflicts. Bill
Sage and Fernando Cano, our producer, both attended the USA Festival
in Dallas and reported that the screenings went very well. While at
Tribeca I met Steve Bognar, the director of Gravel,
the short film that played with EvenHand in Nashville. He said
the film was very well received there, too.
visit the Film Festival page to see
the upcoming festival schedule. In addition to Tribeca, Evenhand will
screen in Atlanta, Newport and Edinburgh.
One of the last informal memorials at the entrance to
the World Trade Center
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