Saturday, September 01, 2007

Bullets Over Atlanta, part II

  • Dragon*Con really does have 30,000 people. Crazy. Many of them are in costume. Many of THOSE are really really GOOD costumes. I was so tired and in such a surreal state yesterday that I didn't shoot any phone pics - no matter, because next week the Interwebs will be full of pics of better quality than my phone can take.
  • There were many Star Wars stormtroopers. Apparently last year they had over 300 in the street parade. That's 300 stormtroopers, not counting all the other costumed folks. Oddly enough I didn't start seeing ANY until after I'd seen a dozen or more Jedi and even some A New Hope era Rebel Navy soldiers (the guys in the original 1977 Star Wars movie who get all shot up by stormtroopers at the beginning of the film).
  • A whole lot of pirates too.
  • Some great obscure comic book and literary characters. A couple came as Zan & Jayna, the Wonder Twins - great purple lycra costumes. Saw Alice and the Mad Hatter separately. Roman soldiers and Spartans galore - thanks to Rome and 300. Also many many Resident Evil characters and Stargate soldiers. Go figure.
  • I made it through registration in about half an hour, with the only hiccup that the film festival registrations weren't showing up in the printed label books, but were in the computer. A few minutes in a short fix-it line was all it took.
  • Most of the film blocks are being shown in the Education Center right across from the main ballroom(s) where the big attractions are, which means we're getting LOTS of traffic into the festival.
  • At the orientation/introduction meeting, I met several of the other filmmakers. We were given a ribbon to attach to our registration badge that designated us part of the film track.
  • The ribbon is pink.
  • Saw some really good animation and some really good comedy shorts. The parody of 24 was especially good, and Todd Lubitsch's Blood of the Cross (a comedy) is a skewering of both bad filmmaking and pretentious art all at once.
  • Gordon Michael Wolvett from Andromeda showed his directorial debut in the form of Fracture, a pretty tightly executed psychodrama using production resources and personnel from the Andromeda show.
  • Zombie Love is hilarious and well done. I haven't seen the stage production of Evil Dead: The Musical, but the concept is somewhat similar. Zombie Love, you might assume, is a zombie movie with musical numbers, in this case straight up Andrew Lloyd Weber. Brilliantly executed by some CalArts students (who were also a lot of fun to talk to).
  • Befriended the aforementioned Todd Lubitsch (we Todds have to stick together - I'm one of THREE at this festival). We hung out and grabbed some dinner at the food court. I was going to head back to the hotel as I was really tired, but he mentioned there was a panel on indie film with guest speaker the legendary Lloyd Kaufman of Troma Entertainment. Most folks I say that to scratch their heads, but then I say, "the company that made The Toxic Avenger," and there is the light of recognition. Troma really became a champion of indie film in the 1980s during all the corporate media consolidation, but they've actually been around since the 1960s, quietly cranking out low-budget films from sci-fi to horror to soft-core jiggle comedy.
  • Lloyd Kaufman is a character. He was very entertaining, held no opinions back, and had a lot of inspiring things to say about being a filmmaker in the age of media conglomerates.
  • We were about to leave, when I realized I had an opportunity here. I went and shook Lloyd's hand, complimenting his "performance" at the panel, and handed him a copy of OA, which he genuinely accepted with pleasure. He asked if I was looking for distribution, and I mentioned wanting to do a feature version. He then asked if I would consider submitting OA to Tromadance '08, to which I replied, "hell yes."
  • Tromadance is Lloyd's answer to the commercialization of the Sundance festival, and aforementioned media conglomerates' usurpation of same. It takes place in Park City, Utah (the location of Sundance) exactly DURING the Sundance festival. The point is to shame the major festival into actually walking its talk, instead of remaining an elitist, corporately-controlled culture factory. It's all sorts of old skool subversive. There is no entry fee, and no fee to screen the films. I'm so going there if OA gets in. And heck, Lloyd's got a copy of the DVD to preview.
  • Rode the MARTA train back to Buckhead and chatted with Todd. Odd coincidence that we were both staying in the same out-of-town two-block area. Slept well.
  • Ordinary Angels premieres today, closing out the the 1PM film block of fantasy.
  • Here we go.

1 comment:

go_go yubari said...

Break a leg, Todd :-)