Tuesday, April 18, 2006

More Love From Florida, and some script news

What is it about Floridians and American Messiah?

The Sunscreen Film Festival actually did NOT invite the film to screen there, but I was told today that they only had seven slots for features, and that we were in their top ten features. So, they would like us to screen at a 'to-be-named' film society event later this year.

In other news, the Circle Cinema, an art house theatre in Tulsa, OK, inquired about screening at their theatre. We're still discussing details...

On the screenplay front: Jonesing went out to about 25 production companies today, and I am remarkably tension-free about it (this is largely due to the fact that I've been in bed since Sunday with a nasty case of food poisoning -- it's hard to worry about what people think of your work when you're struggling just to hold down your crackers and generic-brand-version-of-Sprite.

The most intriguing thing in the script process, at the moment, is that it's being tracked. That means that prodco execs are posting about the script on secret 'tracking boards' to which only they have access. This can be either a good thing or a bad thing. If a few early readers trash your script on a tracking board, it can really sour things for later readers.

On the other hand, if it gets good feedback, it could mean good things. So it still all depends on the script, I suppose.

The interesting thing, for me, is that there's a tingle of excitement about the idea that people are reading my work and talking about it. Granted, it could be bad news, and it could screw up a sale, but I'm just not going to worry about it or think like that (at this point).

Interestingly, my friend (who hooked me up with the agent and whose script was just optioned by a major production company) nver got tracked back when his script went out. He thought it was potentially a good thing, and we're both preferring to be pleased and hopeful rather then worrisome about it.

At this point.


Anonymous Chuck said...

So that's three screenings in Florida? Sounds good. How did the folks in Tulsa hear about the film?

4/18/2006 8:46 PM  
Blogger Chris Hansen said...

Yep, looks like three so far. Of course, the latest one isn't officially scheduled yet, but I'll be following up.

The folks in Tulsa -- I'm not 100% positive, but someone I met on the message boards at Withoutabox said he had been talking it up on an online film group he's part of. So I guess enough people were interested. The theater contact said some of their 'regulars' had expressed interest in the film.

4/18/2006 9:06 PM  

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