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The Waiting is the Hardest Part

Posted in Greenspoke, Making Movies, screenwriting, Toronto, two julias with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 21, 2009 by Tom McIntire

Tom Petty lyrics aside, the end of a project is when it all is beginning. Greenspoke, my environmentally themed short sci fi piece, is entered in several film festivals, including the Seattle International Film Festival. No official selections yet but by early May we’ll start hearing how it is being received by the festival programmers. After spending months and months on a project you want people to see it. And distribute it. And fund that feature you want to produce next.

Speaking of features, there was a delay in judging in the 2009 ReelHeART International Screenplay Competition. Two of my scripts, The Karma Stone and The Smiling Zombie are finalists (as followers of this blog already know). I was amazed and thrilled to have TWO scripts in the running. Out of six finalists, three were chosen as the top three, and will receive a live, rehearsed reading at the festival. Judging was by a prominent agency. Eek! This led to much checking of e-mail, wringing of hands, self doubt and consoling by friends. I sometimes think I am not very competitive but deep down I am. Unfortunately neither script made it into the top three. The festival director was nice enough to call me and let me know.

If you have not participated in ReelHeART (RHIFF) in Toronto, it is a wonderful experience for filmmakers and audiences alike.  They treat filmmakers with care, respect and make it fun to boot. My short two julias premiered there last year, winning a Director’s Pick and Honorable Mention. We also got a distribution offer from Toronto-based Ouat! Media. Even if you don’t have anything in the festival, if you are in Toronto there are lots of filmmaker-focused events.

2 Hours Until the World Premiere of two julias!

Posted in Toronto with tags , , , , , on June 18, 2008 by Tom McIntire

I used an exclamation point. Don’t be scared. We just got back from an amazing filmmakers dinner at a wonderful Italian restaurant called Grupa (I may not be spelling that right). I had Falfalle with seafood and it was so good my stomach fell out. I put it back in and Kurt and I headed back to the bed and breakfast to get cleaned up for the premiere.

Earlier today, I dropped by the radio station  (CIUT) and left a few free passes. Also stopped a few people on the street and pitched their attendance – free pass, free popcorn, cajun canapes (no accent because I am lazy) and Nine, count ’em, Nine short films. Such a deal! I’m excited and nervous and hope I don’t make an ass out of myself when I have to talk in front of the audience. I’m happy with what we did in the film – I’ll be sad if it doesn’t get a good response but also know in my heart that it is good work.

We went to the screenplay reading today of Scavenger, a post-apocalyptic sci fi treat and got to meet and dine with the screenwriter tonight. Sounds like she has a lot of good things happening in her world. It’s been wonderful meeting so many diverse (in every sense) filmmakers, writers and audiences.

Toronto is a beautiful, walkable city. I did get to ride in Patsy’s red mini-van limo again today, all the way in the back. Star treatment. 😉

Walking walking and did I mention walking?

Posted in Toronto with tags , , , , , , , on June 16, 2008 by Tom McIntire

Doing Time on U of T College Radio

I’m doing a radio interview tomorrow morning with Andy on CUIT radio’s Take Five program. You can listen live at 9:05 am Eastern (6:05 am Pacific – get your lazy butts out of bed cast and crew!). I’m sharing the stage with Sylke and Bill, whose film Brick by Brick will show Tuesday night.

In other news:

We had our first breakfast today – Roberta put on a nice spread with fruit, coffee, yogurt, cereal and french toast. MMM – french toast. Ooo la la!

Didn’t make the best first impression with our festival director – showed up a half hour late for orientation because I was talking to the Lithuanian family that is staying here and lost track of the time. Those of you who know me know that is out of character – but we got talking about politics.

Got lost when Kurt and I headed back to get lunch. Don’t turn on Spadina. Nice street but very misleading. It’s a little warm for us Seattlites and I didn’t bring a hat but I did remember the sunscreen. We did a wonderful walking tour of Toronto with other filmmakers and actors who will be performing in the screenplay readings. The tour was led by the amazing historian and performer Bruce Bell. We learned alot about Toronto history and the theatre district, and got a special tour of the beautifully restored Elgin and Winter Garden Theatres.

Canadian money is beautiful. I hate to spend it.

Rode the subways – nice, clean, fast.

Arrived in style

Posted in Toronto with tags , , , , , , , on June 15, 2008 by Tom McIntire

After lines lines and more lines – we literally spent more time getting to the airport and going through security and customs in US and Canada than we did on the plane – Audra and Patsy from ReelHeART picked us up at the airport. Audra big smile and she even had a sign with my name on it. Unfortunately I had no idea where the camera was at that point so it will stay burned in my memory. I sat way in the back of the mini-van so it felt like a big red limo. We rode into town with Tariq Nasir. Tariq is the director of Belonging, a documentary about his Palestinian family’s experiences in 1948 and 1967 and beyond.

Annex Garden B&B is nice – clean, private bath, comfy room and wireless. Host Roberta is great and it even has a desk for me to write this.

We’re going to head out and explore up some grub – rain has been off and on but it is much warmer here (23 C – look it up).

Kurt just pointed out to me that two julias is listed in the program as a Director’s Pick!