Thursday, January 28, 2010

After the Headlines: Correction and the Trailer


Hello all,

I have a correction to make on After The Headlines. It looks like it didn't receive the Sir Edmond Hillary Award from the folks at the 2010 Mountain Film Festival, that honor goes to my feature script Finding Patience. It's a minor setback, but I still feel pretty good because my work is still being honored. I will take my blessings were I can get them.

The folks at the Mountain Film Festival sent me two congratulatory emails, one said for a film, the other for a script, but when I went to the website to check the award winner postings, I saw that After the Headlines wasn't there. See for yourself, http://www.mammothfilm.com/Festival/2010ScreenplayWinners/tabid/388/Default.aspx. A win is still a win, so I'm keeping my head up.

I have submitted to a few more film festivals that range from my backyard to nationally known festivals. I will continue to plug away. Next up on my plate is getting a website for After the Headlines. I'm working with my editor on that project. Right now, I'm researching websites for films to see what's out there. I also welcome recommendations if you have any.

In closing, I would like to share the link to the trailer for the film. I've posted it on youtube and my fan page for After the Headlines. I would appreciate it if you click on the link and leave a comment.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4YV9lHsIt4

Thanks for reading and stay tuned.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

After the Headlines: Making Progress Early in 2010


You can't see it, but I have a really big smile on my face. I've been smiling from the inside out because a couple of days ago I received some exciting and promising news for After the Headlines. After the Headlines has been chosen to receive the Sir Edmond Hillary Award Winner at the 2010 Mountain Film Festival, http://www.mammothfilm.com//!  I've been invited to attend the annual awards dinner and filmmaker ceremony to accept the award and celebrate my achievement. The 2010 Awards Ceremony and Filmmakers Dinner is scheduled to take place at the luxurious Westin Monache Resort in beautiful Mammoth Lakes, California on Friday, February 26th, 2010 at 7:30 pm.
I haven't had this kind of high since I won the award for "Best Dramatic Scene" at the 2009 Action on Film  (AOF) International Film Festival, http://www.aoffest.com/

My script Finding Patience is also an award winner at the 2010 Mountain Film Festival. I feel honored and a bit taken back to be receiving both awards. The email notifications from the Mountain Film Festival staff couldn't have come at a better time. I just finished the mailing of the film to cast and crew and last night, I posted the trailer on youtube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4YV9lHsIt4&feature=autofb and my After the Headlines fan page on facebook, http://www.facebook.com/#/pages/After-the-Headlines/195595142834?ref=ts.

I know I'm not going to get into every festival I submit to. I've already received a few rejections, which also humbles me. That's why I'm celebrating these two awards. I really believe I'm making progress and that will help sustain me as I continue to write and develop new ideas for the screen, big or small.

I'm extremely happy to be sharing this good news. Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

After the Headlines: In the Mail


I'm pleased to report that the official copy of After the Headlines is in the mail to cast and crew. I put a bunch of tapes in the mail yesterday and today and will hopefully finish tomorrow. I feel a great sense of accomplishment now that the film is finished, packaged, and out the door. It's nice to say,"post-production on the film is a wrap," and mean it. A big thank you go out to the cast, crew, and supporters that made the production of this film possible.

Although the film is done, the journey is far from over. I've submitted After the Headlines to a bunch of festivals. I've already received some rejections, so I've learned to expect the worse and hope for the best. If it does manage to make it into some festivals I will count my blessings. Before I forget, let me plug the After the Headlines fan page on facebook, visit, http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/pages/After-the-Headlines/195595142834?ref=ts.

I'm proud that I followed through on my goal. There were many moments when I was ready to throw in the towel, but I'm so glad I didn't. I can say with pride that I wrote and directed a short film. Is it the best film ever made? No. Could I have done better? Yes, but I'm still proud of what I accomplished. Many people don't even get this far.

Last May, I had the privilege of meeting Mira Nair, a director known for films like, Amelia, The Namesake, and Monsoon Wedding. Check her IMDB page: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0619762/. She encouraged our small group to get the work done. No matter who goood or bad, finish your plays, scripts, and films. There are lessons to be learned in the process. She was right.

I've learned a lot from writing, producing, and directing After the Headlines. I believe my foundation is stronger because of the experience. Now, I can shift back to the writing. Thanks for reading.

Monday, January 4, 2010

A New Year, A New Attitude


It's cliche, but Happy New Year. At the moment I'm not that happy, I would be in a much better place if the temperature was about 20 degrees higher. I dread winter season. When it is close to 0 or below I lose my motivation to do just but anything. The one upside I have is the cold winters offer me the great opportunity to write. Now, I just have to take advantage of it. 

This morning I wrote my am journal entry also known as my "morning pages." By the end of the entry I realized that 2010 is my year to step up my game both personally and professional. For me stepping up my game means continuing to be diligent, more focused on my writing, receptive to correct criticism (this is a life long goal), and seeking opportunities to challenge myself and raise the bar. It's not too long of a list, but when I think about all the tasks I will do to accomplish this, I feel the ton of bricks I'm actually carrying. It's a lot of work, but in order for me to grow I have to dig deep.

I also have to remember to be kind to those who love and support my efforts. It is easy for me to take out my stress on those who are closest to me. I don't know why it is easier to yell at the ones you love versus a stranger, but I realize I will need to do a better job of checking my attitude at the door when it comes to my family and friends.


Right now, everything feels fresh. I have a new attitude for the new year, but the freshness I feel today along with my positive attitude needs to be sustained a week, a month, and a year from now if I plan to make progress. I know I will face setbacks, rejection, and have moments when I want to throw in the towel, but when despair sets in, I have to remind myself of this blog entry and the laundry list of things I want to accomplish in 2010.

This evening I start with a three-hour stint of reading and writing at the Silas Bronson Library. 2010 is a new year, I'm coming to the table with a new attitude, and I must take new actions to move myself forward.