We arrived yesterday in downtown San Jose for the 24th annual Cinequest Film Festival! It was a great trip up, and we had fun settling in last night. It’s all so close together and well organized! Here’s some photos from the trip, etc.
Stay tuned for more as we get ready for the official World Premiere of Love In The Time Of Monsters tonight at Midnight! (Camera 12, screen #10) Don’t forget, we’ve got zombies coming, as well as Q&A, etc. Hope to see you all there! Also, if anybody needs any extra tickets, send us a comment or tweet (@uncleslavko) and we’ll get you in FREE!
So here we are, T-minus three days until our big World Premiere and I’m totally not freaking out at all. Not one bit…
Okay, maybe a little.
For as fun and exciting Film Festivals are, they’re also just a bit stressful. You have no idea how stoked I am to get the movie out in front of people are really start gauging reactions. I mean, we’ve done a bit of that, but those were very much stacked audiences for us. This will be the first time the movie will be out there standing on its own merits, for better or worse. But that’s not the part that’s stressing me. Its what comes next that is.
At a filmfest, a filmmaker gets to mix and mingle with their contemporaries, make new connections, and maybe even find someone to make another project with. You know, basic networking stuff. And I’m TERRIBLE at that stuff.
It’s not that I’m not outgoing, or engaging (did I mention how humble I am?), or unable to hold a conversation, it’s just I have a devil of a time thinking about business possibilities while in a social setting. It’s just one of those things that I have a really hard time doing, and in a business that’s mostly relational, that’s kind of a problem. Hence, the stress.
The last time I was at a festival was when I took Background(ed) to Breckinridge in 2008.
It was one of those “put you up in your own condo” fests that was a breeding ground for Oscar nominated shorts. And I ended up going by myself! I was so outta my league, I didn’t know what to do with myself. Where I should have been hitting up parties or hanging out in the filmmakers lounge, I ended up just chilling in my room sending pictures to a girl I liked (get your mind outta the gutter!).
Needless to say, I didn’t really take advantage of the opportunity.
Live and learn though, right? It’s now six years later and I’m way more prepared for the world filmmaking. Or so I tell myself.
So I’m doing my best this week to get myself all primed for solid connections. I got business cards ready to go, I got some brand new things to wear, and I’m generally psyching myself up to go out and talk to whoever I can. Also I’ll have Andy around to give me the push when I need it.
Here’s to success! Hopefully by this time next week we’ll have all kinds of friends of the blog that we can tell you about.
If not, I’m sure we’ll have plenty of stories coming out of this next week. Either way, make sure you keep abreast of everything by subscribing to the Twitter, liking the Facebook page, and or checking out the Youtube stuff. We’ll do our best to make sure to update those as we’re doing our thing.
OH! And, if you’re in San Jose over the next week COME SEE US! There’s going to be a big crowd of LitToM alums at the Saturday night screening, and then fewer as the week progresses, but Andy and I will be at every screening. Some come, enjoy the movie, and say hi.
We couldn’t be more excited for our World Premiere coming up this Saturday at Cinequest in San Jose! Join us for the movie, meet the cast and crew, and get some swag signed! Let us know if you’re planning on hanging with us at the Premiere or any of our other screenings. You can purchase advance tickets and get more info at this link:
In related news, a really interesting opportunity has come up from a group called the San Jose Zombie Crawl. Basically they get dressed up in full “zombie” gear and go on a pub crawl through San Jose. Thanks to Michael Rabehl at Cinequest and Terra the ZC organizer, they are organizing a special crawl to come see Love In The Time Of Monsters this Saturday!
Here are the details straight from Terra: “Itching to get your Zombie on?! Join us at Fahrenheit Restaurant & Lounge on Saturday March 8th at 9:30pm for the Cinequest Maverick Meetup in your Zombie or Monster finest! We will then crawl over to Camera 12 for the Midnight World Premiere of Love in the Time of Monsters!! Prizes will be awarded, so come in your best Bigfoot, Zombie or deranged costume! See you there! **MINORS CAN JOIN US AT THE FILM IN COSTUME!!**”
Beer + Zombies + Love In The Time Of Monsters = awesome! As a bonus, all proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society and the AIDS LifeCycle! How cool is that?! If you see any big foots, zombies or other monsters wandering around the theater, now you know why! I wonder if they ever get asked to do the Thriller dance?
Hope to see you all at one of screenings in the upcoming week! In the meantime check our links on the right to join us various social media outlets. See you in a couple days!
I’m still trying to figure out if that subject line rhymes…
As part of the continuing Cinequest build up (only a few weeks away now!) a couple of really neat interviews with key cast and crew members of Love In The Time Of Monsters have shown up online. This batch comes from an outlet called Popcorn & Vodka (sounds like a great combination by the way) that specializes in “Reviews & Interviews From Bay Area Film Festivals.” Click on the links below to read the full interviews!
First up, Director Matt Jackson:
A Highlight: “It’s been such a journey from script to screen that I can’t wait for people to experience it. And I think the audience is gonna love it! It’s funny, brash, scary, exciting, with a dance of romance: It’s got something for everyone!”
Next, Writer Mike Skvarla:
A Highlight: “From Day One we’ve operated on adhering to two adjectives for this movie – Fun, and Unique. It’s written, produced, and directed to entertain the audience, to keep them engaged, and make them walk out of the theater feeling like their experience was worth the ticket price.”
Finally, Kane Hodder, Horror Movie Legend:
Highlight: “Because if they don’t see [Love In The Time Of Monsters], I will f***ing kill all of them.”
Admit it, you REALLY want to read that Kane interview now, don’t you? Big thanks to Cynthia at P&V for putting this all together! And although I don’t necessarily recommend drinking while watching movies, if you were to partake in Popcorn and Vodka during the Cinequest screening of Love In The Time Of Monsters, I guarantee you would have a good time.
See you all soon!
Pretty sweet, right?
To me, it evokes that perfect blend of pulp and general awesomeness that really defines Love in the Time of Monsters.
If it looks a little familiar, that means you’re a great fan and I love you. For those of you new to the party, it’s a tweaked version of the flyer we had made for the Music Video Premiere party a few weeks ago. When we all saw what Derek Zimmerman had done, we knew we had something special and opted to make it official.
It’s funny, when I came up with that old poster, I didn’t think it’d last as long as it did. I mean really, it was just a blatant swipe of the Love in the Time of Cholera poster. It served us well though, and really helped set the stage. That said, I’m super stoked to drop the old look and bring in this new hotness.
We had lots of discussions, here at TBC, about what exactly the new poster should look like. Surprisingly, it was very hard to nail down a look. We were all looking up old posters, throwing out concepts, and generally making a camel out of a horse, if you know what I mean. Ultimately it was Derek, bereft of the wild ideas who came up with this unifying image that was what all of us wanted, but no one knew how to explain. And he gave the logo a sweet little tweak to top it off.
I hope y’all enjoy this thing as much as we all do. Now we just got to figure out a way to get this printed so it can hang in your living room.
Also, make sure you check out Derek’s website to see even more of his fantastic work.
The big day of Love In The Time Of Monsters news continues! First of all, if you haven’t read Mike’s awesome introduction to the official Music Video, stop reading right now and go do it! Not only is it a fun video, it has tons of never-before-seen footage from the film.
Now, on to the news at hand: after much waiting with baited breath, we can finally announce the Official World Premiere of Love In The Time Of Monsters! It will be March 8th at the 24th Annual Cinequest Film Festival in lovely San Jose, CA! We are beyond thrilled to be able to premiere at such a well regarded-and let’s face it-AWESOME Film Festival.
Cinequest has given us the coveted Saturday midnight slot for our first (of three!) screenings at the fest. Since the festival is located in downtown and near San Jose State, I hear these midnight screenings get pretty full (and wild), so buy your tickets now! You can find all the film and ticket info here:
Our screening times are as follows:
Sat, 3/8/2014 11:59:00 PM
Mon, 3/10/2014 9:30:00 PM
Sat, 3/15/2014 9:15:00 PM
“Cinequest has consistently managed to pull in heavyweight guests.” — Dennis Harvey, Variety
They were talking about us, right? Well, maybe they were talking about some of the other special guests that Cinequest pulls in. This year they’ve got famous author Neil Gaiman, actor Matthew Modine, Kenneth Turan (Legendary Los Angeles Film Critic) as well as Harry Knowles from AICN and Eric Kohn from Indiewire. If you see an LA Times review for LitToM, you’ll know why!
Honestly, the film festival game can be pretty rough for independent filmmakers. Every film, no matter the quality is up against enormous odds (thousands of films get submitted to most major festivals) of getting in. That’s why it’s so wonderful Love In The Time Of Monsters found a loving “home” at Cinequest. It’s truly one of the great festivals in the country, and it really cares about the independent spirit that it takes to make one of these films. Huzzah!