September 30, 1998
Tonight was my screening in the Anthology Film Archive's New Filmmakers
series, and the crowd was pretty decent--I'd guess that 50 or 60 people
were there, not all of them my friends. The screening was plagued
with technical problems (the second reel was tails out and had to be rewound;
then the sound died and didn't return for ten minutes or so, necessitating
another rewind; there was fairly loud white noise on the speakers throughout
the film), but the audience was nice and seemed to stay with the film.
The fun part was that I got to do my first question-and-answer period afterwards,
and it went really well--all the questions were intelligent and sympathetic,
and there were some film buffs there asking me about the directors who
influenced me, which was right up my alley. Someone even spotted
my Rossellini homage! I loved every minute
Only one buyer called me in the three business days since the film market,
and only to ask me for a tape. (He was on the
list of HONEYMOON screening attendees that that IFFM gave me, so it's
possible he's interested, but it's also possible that he didn't get a chance
to form an opinion amid the crush of market screenings.) Like most
of the mythology of the IFFM, the post-market telephone
activity has been underwhelming in my case.
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