|Posted on July 14, 2013 at 5:25 PM|
Well, well, well. I am admittedly in a state of semi-paralyzed amazement! At the end of June 2013 I received an email that I had been accepted into the New York Asian American Film Festival as a "Work-in-Progress." See: http://www.asiancinevision.org/aaiff2013/filmcat13/event13/. The New York festival is the oldest Asian American Film Festival in the United States and each year they pick one work-in-progress for their special "Workshop" event. The acceptance letter noted:
"Your work-in-progress is a solid piece and stands out among the submissions."
Wow. How great is that! Just at the point I was wrung out and stuck, couldn't find a new editor, had so far been rejected from three other festivals, and didn't think I could stand to work on it another minute, this comes. Through a connection in "Linked-In," which I was very skeptical about joining as another time wasting social networking scheme, I found KEIKO OZAKI and SHANNON UMETANI. Keiko and Shannon are sisters who grew up in the Denver Buddhist Temple. Keiko is now a freelance editor and Shannon works for Warren Miller Productions in Boulder. Funny thing, I never knew them at the Temple. I do know their dad but never thought the talent I was so desperate for was right under my nose.
Both of them have jumped right in and we are in the final stages of getting a new edit of the doc ready for the film festival. Shannon was able to get me a session in her company recording studio to re-record a shorter and tighter narration. One comment I had received was it was too long. Shannon hooked me up with a new local sound mixer, JASON MCDANIEL, who will do a final mix after the new edit is done. (See: jasonmcdanielaudio.com).
Tonight I am meeting with my press team: ANDREA AND SAM DRESKIN. FUJI is doing some additional illustration that will be used for the press packet. Sam now works for a local press and can get me a good deal on printing the press packet, poster, and postcards. It's so great to have this project to work on with the kids who are doing such a great job,
On the 27th of July I leave for New York. My workshop takes place on WEDNESDAY, JULY 31, 2013 in Chinatown. Wish me luck. I'll post a report after I return in early August.