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Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Their mission statement: 'Festivus is the film fest for the rest of us. Our goal is to support and encourage awesomely badass, truly independent film. Festivus isn’t for the deep-pocketed Hollywood type. We’re here for the guy that pawned his car to make a film. That’s what independent cinema is about. That’s what FESTIVUS is all about.'
There you have it. I didn't pawn my car, but 'True Beauty' is still an official selection of the Festivus Film Festival, taking place in Denver, Colorado, January 14-17.
When you see a film made in L.A., and they talk about 'The Valley', that's what they're talking about: the San Fernando Valley. Hot, dry, and now with beauty: 'True Beauty' was accepted into the Santa Clarita Valley Film Festival, running January 7-10.
Everybody have a great Christmas? Or holidays, if you want to be a bit more politically correct (to the point of nausea if you ask me; getting a bit tired of the wimpish catering to every single special interest group, so afraid of stepping on any delicate but oh-so-vociferous footsies - sorry, I'm off the soap box). What I was saying was that I had a really great Christmas (Holidays... you know the rest). Got plenty of gifts, of course all of them were for my as-yet-to-be-born daughter Tenée (who's taking her own sweet time getting here young lady!), but then I got a gift just for myself. Well, me and the rest of the cast and crew of 'True Beauty'. We won 'Best Picture' at this year's Maverick Movie Awards! And in a decision obviously based on my directing on not Dustin's acting, he won 'Best Actor'! We were also nominated for 'Best Director', 'Best Screenplay', 'Best Cinematography', 'Best Actress', 'Best Editing', 'Best Soundtrack' and 'Best Sound Design/Editing'. Whew, quite a list, so everybody who worked on the film should feel really proud. According to the mission statement, the Maverick Movie Awards champion 'true independent/underground cinema created outside of the Hollywood system -- regardless of style, genre, or budget -- our hope is to re-ignite the spirit of the major film festivals and distribution pioneers by celebrating what they once valued above glitz, glamour, and movie stars: great cinema.'
So thank you everybody...
Not that I'm entirely new to the thing, but don't tell anybody. 'True Beauty' was accepted to the monthly screening series New Filmmakers at Sunset Gower Studios in Hollywood. Here's what they do: 'Each month, NewFilmmakers LA at Sunset Gower Studios presents red carpet screenings of documentaries, shorts and features that have been submitted from all over the world, followed by an audience Q&A with each director about their film.' Now there's a special after party, so come on out!