I finally finished submitting my short film CONSUMED to an extensive roster of festivals last week, which meant lots of time at the post office intermixed with countless hours praying for my computer not to crash while burning DVDs. And now, with all the mailing slips before me, I have the urge to both do a jig and bury my head in the sand…You see, I have no idea whether or not the film will be accepted to any festivals, but how can a gal avoid getting giddy about the prospect of no longer spending her nights offering up sacrifices to the gods of DVD-Rs?
I couldn’t be more excited or nervous about the fact that CONSUMED is now out there in the world. So many possibilities lie ahead for this film (several of which are undoubtedly anticlimactic), but I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it will find an audience at a few select festivals and that I will then be able to entice all the talented people who worked on the film to do a celebratory jig with me. One of these people I simply cannot wait to dance up a storm with is the film’s director, L.M. Harter (an insanely gifted lady from Austin by way of Appalachia, who runs her own production company, Galt Productions). As one of my dearest friends, L.M. has always been someone who encourages me to go outside my comfort zone, and the process of making CONSUMED has certainly exemplified this quality of our relationship; not only did she convince me to write and produce this film over an intoxicated night of wine and cheese, but she held me to this agreement (not a small task), prodded me to spend hours on a film set instead of isolated in my comfy writing chair, and encouraged me to promote our film via IndieGoGo (a social-networking endeavor that was so far out of my comfort zone, I couldn’t even begin to tell you). I’d like to think that this way we have of pushing one another’s boundaries is reflected as a strength in the end product of CONSUMED, and I’m hopeful that these festival submissions will do Ms. Harter and our film proud…Leave a comment for good luck.