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June 9, 2008

St. Nick & IFP

ifp.jpg The cat's out of the bag now; as eagle-eyed readers may have already ascertained, when St. Nick is seen in its final form, it'll have the Sisyphean logo on the left in the credits, alongside the Austin Film Society emblem and any other entity that steps in to help the film between now and then. It's one of ten features that's been invited to this year's IFP Narrative Lab.

I actually received word about this almost exactly a month ago, when I was sitting at JFK, waiting for my flight back to wherever it was I was going, and it kept me buoyed through the ensuing 15 hours of nightmarish travel (I've been having bad luck with flying lately). Now the official press release has laid the whole thing out on the table: I'll be spending the rest of the week (alongside James and Adam) in workshop and meetings, working with editors and producers and distributors and other filmmakers, with an eye towards finessing my rough cut and beginning the process of positioning the film for its eventual debut. All that being said, I'm not exactly sure what the labs will entail. Perhaps a day-to-day account is in order?

As part of the program, the film will receive support from IFC all the way through its post-production, including a slot at the Independent Film Week (formerly the Independent Film Market) in September and individual assistance from a mentor assigned by the labs. I'm sure this will all be invaluable, but at this point the best aspect of being selected is the sense of validation - knowing that people see something worthwhile in the film, even at such a delicate stage, when its qualities are not fully formed. That those qualities are recognizable in their nascence is incredibly encouraging. A big thanks to Amy, Rose and everyone else at IFP for giving the film this opportunity.

But that all starts tomorrow. For now, I'm just hanging out, pretending to enjoy a level of heat that's far more sweltering than anything in Texas, and riding around town in a car with Ronnie Bronstein, the Safdie brothers and a bag of excrement. Don't ask.

Posted by David Lowery at June 9, 2008 10:14 AM


Congrats, David! That is fantastic news. I hope this means I'll someday get to see it in a theater.

Posted by: Darren at June 9, 2008 8:29 PM

That's great news, David.

Posted by: alc at June 9, 2008 9:53 PM

Awesome news, David! Congrats!! But I guess this puts the kibosh on CineVegas. Ah well, more debauchery for me then.

Posted by: don lewis at June 10, 2008 12:37 PM

congrats, david!

Posted by: frank at June 10, 2008 1:24 PM


Posted by: lucas mcnelly at June 10, 2008 3:31 PM