The last few months have been a whirlwind of MAD screenings and press. Since Slamdance, we've screened at a slew of festivals, some old favorites (Florida, Boston Underground, Calgary Underground), and a few new, but equally lovable ones (Victoria TX Independent, Sarasota, Sun Valley), and FINALLY, a hometown screening at the Cleveland International Film Fest, which feels now like the monkey on my back got bored, picked up, and left. Actually, between the three screenings at CIFF, we probably had a total of close to 900 people see the film, which in a way, feels like both a coming out party and closure for me. Festival dates are still trickling in, but as of now, we have dates lined up in Chicago (early May), Mammoth Lakes (late May), Perth (July), and LA (early August), on top of some more that already announced in the Hill Country and Sunscreen Film Fests.
I've rounded up some of my favorite press pull-quotes from our journey here, because I need this stuff to feel good about myself, because it should be obvious by now that I'm constantly at war with my perceived (lack of?) abilities:
During Slamdance, we were kind of isolated up at the Treasure Mountain Inn, so it's hard to get a feel for the pulse and buzz around town, but I guess MAD had left a footprint, as small as it may have been. I'm learning now that people are aware of the film in a way that had eluded me. At the moment, momentum seems to ebb and flow with surging builds, and then frustrating plateaus.
Of course, we're netting a gain in the long run, but when you're in the moment, the plateaus feel deflating as all hell. All this is good in marching toward my next film, which has really upped the pace. I've attached a couple of producers and we've set a budget. Now, we're hitting the pavement again and plan to shoot next winter/spring. It's a thrilling development, and one that even just a year ago I would have been terrified about, but with the people I have in place flanking me (they're bulldogs in the best way - they have no fear stepping in the ring), I feel calm... maybe too calm. One thing I'm greatly aware of and trying to avoid is this idea of the "second system effect" otherwise known as the sophomore slump. I kind of experienced it to a less important degree with my shorts WHERE DOES IT GO FROM HERE following on the heels and impossible expectations (my own) set up by MOUTHFUL.