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April 19, 2007

I Pirate My Own Movies


The second public screening of The Outlaw Son screening was last night, and it was amazing, and I captured that amazingness on video with my little digital camera. Copies will soon be available on DVD on street corners and subway platforms around the world, complete with bizarrely translated snyopses on the laserprinted inserts.

As much as I love and am proud of the film, I was nervous as all hell before it showed. My heart kept racing and my pulse kept climbing, up until the point when I realized, suddenly, that it was working just fine up there on the big screen. Everyone seemed to get it. The long shot didn't feel that long at all, and the audience collectively winced at the appropriate moment. I was so relieved that I actually fell asleep during the subsequent short (which I'm sure was great nonetheless, since the programs Holly and Tom have put together have been so uniformly strong).

This is a pretty wonderful festival. I'll have more to write about it later (with photographic accompaniment). For now, though, an anecdote - set once again within the confines of an airplane. On my flight to Charlotte on Tuesday morning, I sat next to a businessman who made a very touching phone call to his son just prior to takeoff. Notes on breakfasts and homework and mutual "I love yous" were exchanged, and then the plane bore us upwards. I let my subconscious stretch its legs a bit, and through its peripheral haze I saw this businessman reach over to my tray table and, on a cocktail napkin, in green magic marker, write the words Summer Make Good.

This, of course, is the name of the most recent album from experimental Icelandic group Mum. I don't know why it was on my mind, or buried within my mind or wherever it was when it showed up there on the back of my eyelids; but I took the mental suggestion at face value and listened to the record all the way from North Carolina to Florida. Maybe it was setting a good precedent or something.

Posted by David Lowery at April 19, 2007 1:56 AM


glad to know it went well :)

that moment on the flight sounds like a surreal one...

Posted by: frank Mosley at April 19, 2007 12:57 PM

Have fun in FL!! And, I love Mum.

Posted by: Dentler at April 19, 2007 7:09 PM

i LOVED your movie, David, i really did. can't wait to see it again. hook me up with a copy, yo!

Posted by: tully at April 20, 2007 10:57 AM