What a week, what a day… where to begin? We had a blitz of media leading up to the Lansing, MI release of “ASHES of EDEN” that kicked off last night. It will keep playing in theaters for another week and starts the Grand Rapids, MI run on Monday. We’ve received new national distribution offers this week to consider and will keep hitting the theatrical cicles. I think Detroit area is next for this film. We also have a nice support of directors DVD, posters and T-Shirts. Our first night was a great kick off and we had a handful of the stars show to do some signings.
I was with my CDI associate/close friend Dean Teaster who tied the knot last night. It was a great dinner and social and I had one of the best steaks I’ve had in a long time. I tried a bevy of drinks last night and was reminded of my age with a small ache this morning. I was able to meet up with our “Ashes of Eden” keys and enjoy the exciting stories from the nights first showings. So if you have not had a chance to see the film please do. (Look at the CELEBRATION CINEMA websites)
On deck is our final pick up shots for the dark thriller “Bestseller” and we have all those details just about worked out. It will be fun to return and capture these last few pieces. It will included a little bit of in-water work but at least I won’t be bumping my head on ice:)
An exciting drop that I will give you here first is that “Supermodel Showdown, Costa Rican Adventure” will look to launch on Indieflix’s AFTERDARK programming this forthcoming Friday. It is funny with a little sexy mixed into it all. The 1st three shows will be available on there and I think audiences will enjoy this adventure.
We are also about to start shopping “DONORS” which is another thriller starring Niki Saletta best known for “7th Heaven” and also co-stars in our upcoming “The Terrorist”. She does a wonderful job in both films and we are happy to have her artistry.
My parents both had birthdays this past week and we are have a party for my dad today and likely hosting a dinner with my mom first of the week. We’ve been using the smoker and grilling a lot and soon fresh garden veggies will be in abundance. Besides yard work that I need to get done this weekend we are going to put a cleaning on a new purchase. It is an old late 1800’s hutch that Doc Holiday would have been right at home with. It needs a little work but will be a great piece in the office.
My only advice this week for filmmakers or anyone working in art as business – don’t allow yourself to be dragged into peoples drama. Don’t associate with people that will tarnish your good name and work. Let those people isolate themselves and they will burn themselves out. It is funny how when I hear of projects that are disorganized cluster%##@@’s – I’m never surprised to discover that one of those handful of known screw ups is somehow involved. VET people out! If you are going to invest (I didn’t say donate like these social hand out sites) invest – talk to people. I would be happy if anyone were to talk with our past E.P’s because you would hear that we stayed on schedule, budget and handled ourselves professionally. Now, I’m not the only one that runs a tight ship in this area but there are only a few. There are many BS’ers out there trying to tell you what they think you want to hear and others still that will laugh and tell you how disorganized they are as if that is truly funny. No. Funny is when your work reflects your effort.
I need another coffee before going to see how we are going to clean up this old timey hutch.
Have a wonderful weekend and I’ll talk with you all next week. If you go see “Ashes of Eden” feel free to send me your comments here.
Hello artists! A busy week behind us and now the weekend is in full force. I’ve been looking into the possibility of building a new office at the house. Fort Perry is currently my office of solitude and I do truly love it. I’m exploring the new building as a way to upgrade all that to the next level. The garden is in and we are seeing the first signs of new growth. In a while we will be blessed with a bounty of fresh veggies. This week was much better than the previous week in terms of communication and getting stuff done. Let’s look at a few of the new updates.
June 13th is the big date this coming week with both a distributor screening of “Darkest Night” with Russ William’s arrival in the USA this weekend. Also that evening on Lake Michigan another screening event for “7 Stones” the action/drama that I was informed won the 2012 Overall Telly Award. I’m thinking that will help our TV licensing. It is a powerful drama and I’m happy for all the artists associated with it. Tickets for that showing at http://www.3rdcoastfilm.com
This week also had us working with the distributor to finalize artwork on “Deadly Renovations” that will release nationally on Aug. 7th. The other producer Charles and I have also been putting the final touches on a script that is on our associated slate. Also “Donors” (Same folks) should be releasing that trailer soon to audiences.
Among the random update tidbits – Commercial sales CDI meetings this coming week so I hope to get a few commercial crews working here soon. We might have a few feature film’s in pre-prod soon which will be nice. Distribution deal negotiation will continue over the next couple weeks. I also should be announcing a few acting roles soon. We have been discussing business on them and are close to agreements on them. Some good talks on our 1800’s films that are complete after the success of History Channel’s “Hatsfield & McCoys”.
OK. Lunch. Garden work and assembly of the new smoker. Sunday is another soccer match and after last week’s tie-game we are looking for a victory. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.