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Clocking The T
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It's the Official Trailer. Enjoy.

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Holy hell, we just won Best Romantic Comedy Feature, Best Screenplay, and Best Original Song by Zack David at the Studio City International Film Festival awards show! Well deserved congratulations to Zack and the cast & crew that made the film!

Go to http://zackdavid.com and buy the award winning song and all his other awesome music.

#thisawardisntheavyenoughtobeamurderweapon
#studiocityfilmfest
#studiocityinternationalfilmfestival
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We had our third festival screening last night and it went well. Really well, actually. I’d spent the whole damn day with my stomach in knots, dreading a repeat of the Orlando FF debacle. But this time I insisted on a sound check and the Laemmle Noho 7 staff was more than gracious and accommodating. Once I knew it was going to be projected properly I felt sixteen tons of dread fall off my shoulders. In all we ended up with around fifty plus people and it was a great crowd—the movie PLAYED. I mean, like gangbusters. It’s never occurred to us before but “Clocking The T” plays better with a crowd than in small groups. Once the chuckles start, it’s infectious.

Too nervous to sit, I stood at the back wall and watched the audience. It’s strange how audiences laugh at different places. Jokes that were huge last time went silent this time, but things that never got a tee-hee got a tidal wave of roaring laughs. Over the dozens of test screenings I’ve participated in my career it’s never ceased to amaze me how much you can glean from watching the backs of people’s heads as they watch a film. And trust me, this movie WORKS. At one point, about an hour in, some guy entered the theater and stood at the back wall with me, obviously checking out the film. I figured he’d get his fill and leave. But after about fifteen minutes he grabbed a seat in the back row and sat watching the rest of the movie to the end. Nothing tells you your film is working than somebody missing 90% of the setup and still being engaged by the characters.

Afterward, we did our Q&A with Steve Sturla and I made sure to bring down all the cast and crew that was there. Making a film is a titanic and group effort, and all the good things in this movie are as much theirs as it is ours. And while it sucked that Orlando was a fucking disaster, it feels great to go out on a festival high. And for the first time since we started making this movie, I felt like I was walking on clouds and that screening last night will always be with me.

Now… let’s move to The Next Stage and get this film streaming already.

#winning
#studiocityfilmfest
#laemmlenoho7
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We were at the Filmmakers Party for the Studio City International Film festival last night and reunited with the incomparable Chantal Lashon. This was at the legendary Alley Music Studio, one of those nondescript places you've driven by a million times in Los Angeles and never thought twice about, completely unaware that inside some of the biggest names in music were recording some of the greatest albums ever released. They had a pretty good band playing in the main studio and all the filmmakers seemed pretty jazzed and then we ran into two filmmakers we'd met at the Orlando Film Festival, about three weeks ago. A light bulb went over their head and they pointed at us and said, “Hey, aren’t you the two that had the technical difficulties?”

sigh

Yes. Yes, we were.

So, I guess Erika and I are Those People now. The ones that The Bad Things happened to at a festival premiere. Nobody talks about our film or remembers it except as a horror story. We're now the victims of the boogeyman projectionist that comes in the darkest of night and takes a bite out of your carotid artery, splashing blood across the face of your screaming loved ones, as your DCP plays without dialogue and our still twitching bodies are dragged mercilessly into the night woods. They say on a cold winters night, if you're brave enough to enter theater 12 at the Cobb Cinema Cafe 12, you can still hear our distant, echoing cries of, "ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME?"

#studiocityfilmfest
#orlandofilmfest
#orlandofilmfestival
#cobbplazacinemacafe12
#theprojectionistgetsfinalcut
#holyshitdidyouseetheozzyosbournepainting
#clockingthet
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Just got back from walking the dog and watched the livestream of last night's Orlando Film Festival awards show... turns out we were nominated for three awards: Best Screenplay, Best Actress (Jana Nawartschi), and Best Poster. Congratulations, Jana! And to whoever wrote the script and did the key art. You know, that guy.

#alwaysthebridesmaidneverthebride
#orlandofilmfestival
#clockingthet
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Our next festival screening is gonna be at the Studio City Film Festival, on Sunday, November 11th, at 3:05 PM at the fantastic Laemmle Noho 7 in North Hollywood, CA.

Be there, be square.

#StudioCityInternationalFilmFestival
#studiocityfilmfest
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So we had our 'world premiere' Sunday night… and it was a complete and utter DISASTER. There was no center channel playing from our DCP (which had already been verified in Los Angeles theater) so there was no dia. We shut down for almost forty minutes, stopping and starting, and three of our 21 audience members (Film festival!) walked out. For some reason the backup DCP I'd brought couldn't even be ingested and every question I had the DNGAF projectionist answered with another question, like some demented parlor game of "You Dumb Fucking Filmmaker." We finally projected an H264 backup I had luckily brought with me. Unfortunately, it was a 5:1 mix, which they couldn’t show, so they ported everything to stereo and it looked and sounded like SHIT. Oh, and the projectionist STOPPED THE PROJECTION right in the middle of our comedic button, in what I can only assume, was a complete middle finger to my going into the booth to try and figure out how to solve the problem earlier. At the pub afterward, another filmmaker, who had a screening across the hall, said they couldn’t ingest his DCP either, even though the same file played at the Hamilton Art Gallery the night before just fine. He ended up showing a backup Quicktime he had on a thumb drive. Then somebody else said they’d watched another DCP without center channel dia as well the day before. WTH is going on? On the bright side, our 18 viewers seemed to like it a lot regardless (Well, 17. One guy looked miserable.) and the Q&A afterwards was quite lively and engaging. Too bad I’d already died inside and my spirit had left my body an hour and forty-five minutes before. It didn't help that complete strangers were coming up to us at the bar afterward and saying, "So, I heard you had a mess on your hands." Yes. Yes, we did.

I went to bed that night swearing by Grabthar's Hammer this fucking movie was CURSED. But then, I guess it isn't. Because the audience didn't seem to notice the projection deficiencies and liked the film. This afternoon we had our second screening for a whopping eight people (Film festival!) and they loved it, really reacting positively to it. And despite that screening being -10db, once again, the audience seemed to like it a lot. People dig the story and the characters and the twist and the turns. Some thought it was sad and others hopeful and uplifting. Even the staff was watching in the entry ramp! Everyone loved Candace (Good job, Jana!) and hated Dave (Good job, Ben!) and virtually every cast member got a laugh (Good job, everybody!). So yeah, the presentation was dogshit but nobody seemed to mind.

It's strange, this indie life. You're really at the mercy of forces that truly don't give a fuck about how hard you worked and how much you care. You get treated like a nuisance for caring. And all you can do it Keep It Pushing. I remember year ago at this editing panel someone had asked the great editor, Frank Urioste, how to deal with meddling producers or an incompetent director and Frank shrugged and answered, "Sometimes it's a shit sandwich and you gotta take a bite." It feels like this week we took more than a bite. We may have eaten the whole sandwich. I think the Associate Director who chose our film, Alex Frasier (who's FANTASTIC), feels worse than we do. The thing is, we kinda never cared about a 'premiere,' you know? We only cared that the people watching would enjoy the film. But somehow, as the handful of people who'd seen the movie, kept stopping us in the halls or in the pubs, and told us how much they enjoyed "Clocking The T" it kinda seemed worth it. Just, next time, I'm bringing yellow mustard for my shit sandwich.

#disaster
#heartbreak
#thismaybeasuicidenote
#alwayslookonthebrightsideoflife
#orlandofilmfestival
#cobbplazacinemacafe12
#theprojectionistalwaysgetsfinalcut
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Alas, Blow-Up was a blow out for us. We were not selected as winners. Here's the list of films that were: https://buff.ly/2RXvpn8

Thanks for the nom though!

#blowupfilmfest
#clockingthet
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Gettin' the word out. If you haven't checked out our festival page, and watched a lil' bit of the movie posted there, you should check it out now: https://buff.ly/2wUdEfz

Five more days to go before we premiere!
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