Monday, June 30 2008 @ 12:48 PM
We're finally home, and we're happy abut it. Here's a quick snap from yesterday's filmmaker feedback session with Gerry Casale. He more or less held court with an audience of about 20, including three filmmakers he was specifically giving feedback to...
We have some video of the session too but the AA batteries on the Flip video camera died so I can't post that until I replace them. He had complimentary things to say about Digital Pamphleteer -- though they were really more complimentary to Steve than to the film, but he did say I did a good job of presenting what it is about Steve that's compelling.
One of the other filmmakers there was terrified of his film getting pirated online and an interesting discussion about the internet ensued, with me being the standard-bearer of the the-internet-is-a-filmmaker's-best-friend line of thinking and the San Francisco-based horror director getting hot under the collar over the idea that he won't be able to get distributors interested in his film if it becomes available online. I'm not sure he's right abut that -- particularly if it's just available as a bit torrent or in chunks on P2P networks -- but what was funny is that he kept talking about how he wanted "bloggers" to write about his film to help get it known and generate buzz. Uh, the only way bloggers are going to get excited about your film is if they can watch it somehow. There was a weird disconnect there and his temperature started to rise when I challenged his (clearly deeply ingrained) beliefs on the subject, so I didn't push too hard.
We got some vegan cheesesteaks for the road before leaving Philly at about 5:30pm. We had a good time, but we're happy to be home.