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August 26, 2009

Two days until St. Nick takes Brooklyn

This time tomorrow I'll be Eastbound, and this time on Friday I'll be heading into Brooklyn, towards the rooftop of the Old American Can Factory where St. Nick will be unspooling. Depending on several conditions, this may be the version that screened at SXSW and other festival, or it may be the slightly altered version I've been tinkering with these past few months. I've pulled a Terrence Malick and made the film shorter (by about three minutes). I like to think that no one would actually notice the alterations, so maybe I shouldn't say anything about them at all. Too late!

Clay and James and Adam will be in town as well (unfortunately, the cast had to go back to school this week and can't attend). The screening got a nice write-up in the New York Times this past weekend, so hopefully that will help draw out the crowds. But if you're in New York and planning on coming, bring a friend! If you can't make it, tell friends to come anyway. You won't just get to see the film and hang out with a bunch of great people, but you'll be supporting one of the best cinematic institutions in New York City. Like most film festivals, Rooftop is having financial trouble, and every ticket (and/or donation) will help ensure that they'll still be around showing movies and giving grants to filmmakers next summer.

So join me and click here to buy your tickets and jot down the event details, or here to find out how to help keep Rooftop Films alive. You win every which way.

This is our last festival of the summer, or the first of the fall, depending on your point of view. Next up is the Calgary International Film Festival and a competitive spot in that festival that's so perennially dear to my heart, the Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival in Birmingham, Alabama. Both festivals have amazing lineups, and while I don't think I'll be able to attend the former, you can bet your top and bottom dollar both that I'll be at Sidewalk. It's one of several things in the near future that I just can't wait for...

Posted by David Lowery at August 26, 2009 4:00 PM


Hi David,

I first came across your blog a few years ago via Girish's page, but unfortunately have not been able to visit your site in some time. When I saw your name in CIFF's lineup, I thought I would check your blog to see if it was you. Sure is :)

This year's CIFF lineup is very good and your film will be showing at a great venue -- a nice multiplex screen located in one of the most beautiful parts of the city.

I will try to catch your film for sure.

best of luck with the other festivals..

Posted by: Sachin at August 27, 2009 5:57 PM