After its stint at the SITGES FILM FESTIVAL, my short flick with GONZALO LOPEZ OLD NUMBER 7 will now be screening in competition at the FILMETS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL on NOVEMBER 12TH at 21:00 at the Zorilla theater (Zorrilla means little bitches in Spanish slang… nice!). Get all the details and more info on the FILMETS FILM FEST HERE.by
On October 10 2009, OLD NUMBER 7 (which I co wrote, co produced and acted in) was unleashed upon its first audience at the Sitges Film Festival in Spain. The mammoth crowd at hand was a party crowd and they were there to have a good time and a good time they had. So after great man Jake West (Evil Aliens) introduced my sorry ass, I ran up on the Sitges stage winged a speech and the film rolled on.
NOTE: I discovered that night that I am a natural at talking at crowds when sober that is – when drunk I make a fool of myself, so lesson learned – no more drunk speeches.
From my perspective the screening went well for 4 reasons. 1- Lots of the audience seemed to like it. They were obviously entertained, they clapped and cheered. 2- No booing. 3- I actually liked the film. The intro is KILLER and at least 2 other scenes really work in my opinion. 4- When you work on a film for a long period of time, you don’t see it anymore and it takes a screening like this, with folks totally detached from the production watching it, to TRULY discover what works and what doesn’t work.
So in the case of Old Number 7, a couple of times, the audience laughed at parts that were not supposed to be funny. Now you can take this two ways, get bummed about it and sulk or you can take it MY WAY, be happy that you now know that these bits don’t work and that you can go back and fix them. IMO, 85% of the film worked.
When the screening was done, we had a mini wrap party in Gonzalo Lopez’s (who directed the film) Hotel room. We had a bottle of Jack going (Old Number 7 – get it!) and we basically enjoyed each other’s company and discussed the pros and the cons of the screening. So where we at? After much talk with director Lopez, we’re going in the editing room one last time to fix what didn’t work.
I personally SEE the film again and feel confident that this further trip in the cutting room will make a good short film even better. To be continued on that shite!
FINAL NOTE: Man I look like crap in that movie. During the shoot I didn’t sleep much (insomnia) so I got bloated and tired. I swear I look 50 years old in some scenes. The fact that we didn’t have makeup didn’t help either. Yup, another lesson learned – I will NEVER agree to act in a film with no makeup. Never, EVER!
Ah the joys of Indie filmmaking…how I love thee… later yall!by
Eric Red’s 100 FEET will be screening at the Film Society of Lincoln Center as part of their Scary Movie 3 series screenings. Oct 20th is the date and you can CLICK HERE to get all the info and nab some tickets. Eric Red will be there to do a QNA with the audience. I of course play Jimmy in the film.
The SITGES FILM FESTIVAL kicks in today and our short giallo-ish film OLD NUMBER 7 will be premiering (in competition no less) on OCTOBER 10Th at the AUDITORIUM THEATER (great venue for a screening BTW, I love it), be there or be dead. To celebrate the unveiling of our baby, Director GONZALO LOPEZand I are doing a little give-away. We’re giving out 3 MINI POSTERS of the groovy OLD NUMBER 7 ONE SHEET (which you can see below), signed by both Gonz and myself (may be worth 25 cents and a hand-job someday).
How do you enter? Easy; send an E-MAIL at firstname.lastname@example.org, write NUMBER 7 in the subject header, include your MAILING ADDRESS and that’s it. Three WINNERS will be chosen at random. OLD NUMBER 7 stars my sorry ass, the sexy Saida Lamas and the talented Sergio Bernal. It was written by Gonzalo Lopez and myself. The flick was produced by Sweet Water Pictures, Aved Productions and this twat. You can CLICK HERE to get all the details as to the SITGES SCREENING.by