August 22, 1999
Robin, Bill, Alex and I rode out to the Huntington Film Festival today
for HONEYMOON's first screening (the only one that I will attend, as the
other is scheduled during the work day on Thursday), and were picked up
at the station by Vic Skolnick, who is unpretentious enough to act as chauffeur
at his own festival. The audience was older than at other HONEYMOON
screenings, and sizable enough: approximately 50 people, I'd say, very
few of whom were my friends. Unfortunately, the 16mm sound was less
than ideal, despite the festival people's best efforts; but the audience
stayed with the film pretty well, laughing at all the funny bits.
(Not all audiences have the nerve to laugh at lighter moments in a generally
serious film.) And the Q&A afterwards was very pleasant, with
Vic making some insightful comments in his role as moderator, and the audience
showing a lot of interest. A good experience all around.
Vic mentioned once or twice this weekend that he'd like to bring HONEYMOON
out to his theater for a week-long run sometime. I was very flattered,
and will be delighted if he can manage it. For now, though, the film
is going back on the shelf.
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