Tonight, we project our nicest HDCam copy of The Lake Effect to the British public… I’m suddenly struck with the few images I’ve seen of British Parliament (Verbal assaults from a flurry of white wigs, or is it whigs?) American indies have a tough time here, so I hear.
I'm a bit... nervous. Maybe it’s the bustling metropolis that’s right outside the theatre doors. Or maybe it’s because the line-up at Raindance has been so impressive or because the programmers and staff are so incredibly cool...
I shouldn’t be nervous. We have at least a dozen friends coming to cheer us on (thank you thank you thank you), not to mention an entire fan club for our British actress Tara Summers (who does a flawless American accent as Natalie, btw). We’re having a pre-party and an after party and it’s going to be all good. Right?
To keep my mind off of it, let’s change the subject. Let’s talk about…
Things you might not know about what it’s like to be a filmmaker on the indie festival circuit:
- You get very close to your producer. For example, Jenn and I are sharing a double bed in a flat in Pimlico.
- You try to stay under budget. For breakfast this morning, Jenn and I ate oatmeal packets that I brought from the hotel we stayed at in Colorado. No joke.
- You walk a lot. Cobblestone streets plus boots with heels = sore calves.
- You become a pack mule. Laptop, umbrella, big posters, small posters, postcards, water, emergency granola bar (chalk that up to the mom in me).
- You stay up very late. Our first day in, Jenn and I arrived at 6 AM. 20 hours later, with the Spice Girls pumping at the very divey, very awesome Phoenix Club in Soho, we called it a night.
- You, for a short while, are reminded that you are an artist, that you have a community, and that what you are doing is totally, totally worth it.
(An addendum: If you haven’t seen it yet, read the “Mompreneur” article that the popular British parenting site London Mums wrote about me! http://www.londonmums.org.uk/busmums/busmums.html A big thanks to Monica Costa!)