Things calmed down a little bit yesterday (how could they have not?), but we still had a great time checking out downtown San Jose, not to mention some other films at the Cinequest Film Festival! It was pretty great having people come up to us as we we were walking around and tell us how much they enjoyed the film. How neat! We even got reviewed by an attendee of the premiere.
A highlight: ”If you like THE TOXIC AVENGER and NATIONAL LAMPOON’S VACATION, then LOVE IN THE TIME OF MONSTERS is right up your alley!! 5 out of 5 stars!! Highly recommended!!”
(Personally I’m just amazed Phil was still awake after watching so many movies in one day.
Here’s the link to the whole review (we’re at the bottom):
We also had the chance to record a podcast with the folks at the Fanboy Planet Podcast. It was really fun talking with Derek and Ric; stay tuned for its arrival on the internets later this week!
A big non-Love In The Time Of Monsters event at the festival yesterday was a Maverick Award ceremony for the legendary author Neil Gaiman. A whole lot of
geeks folks were packed in to meet him. He was a delight as always-it’s amazing how well Cinequest pulls these events off.
Here’s some photos from our Sunday adventures:
Wow what a day! The whole thing was building up to our official WORLD PREMIERE at midnight. We spent a good portion of the day going to mixers and other events (did I mention there are a lot of parties at Cinequest?) We handed out tons of flyers and business cards as we made sure to get as many people to our late screening as possible. The hard work paid off as we had a fantastic turn out for the screening! The theater was packed and the audience was clearly enjoying the film, laughing (and in some cases yelling) at the screen. I was amazed at their endurance, with the Daylight Savings time change happening right at the end of the film, not to mention the A/C being turned off in the theater so it was blazing hot. And incredibly, almost everybody stayed for the Q&A after! Thanks so much to everyone who made it out and shared this wonderful experience with the Love In The Time Of Monsters cast & crew!
Don’t forget, there’s still two more times you can see the film here in San Jose. Tomorrow at 9:30pm and 9:15pm this Saturday. We’ll still be here so come say hi, and stay tuned here on the blog for daily updates! (And don’t forget to check out our links to the Twitter, the Facebook, and/or the youtube to keep abreast of everything.)
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!