Back from the road – showing Warrior Woman at the Cinequest Film Festival, and speaking to students and screening the film at two Midwest universities through the Show Me Justice Film Festival Showcase.
Cinequest is held in San Jose, California, a city with great film venues, restaurants, bars, hotels, and a couple of wonderful museums, everything in good walking distance. We had three screenings of the movie – two in the afternoon and one in the morning. Attendance was about 75-85 people per screening – not too bad for the schedule we had – and we got a lot of really positive feedback. I only went to one party (great food, micro-brew beer, lots of people including Elliott Gould, loud music that made it hard to talk) because I hung out with various bay area friends instead, and spent a couple of nights in Santa Cruz. Saw some movies – two features and a program of shorts – which didn’t grab me that much, but basically had a good time and was glad that a bunch of people got to see WW.
On to the Midwest, hosted by the Show Me Justice Film Festival. I’d been invited to showcase there by the festival director, Mark von Schlemmer, whom I’d met last summer at the Maine International Film Festival. At the University of Kansas, Lawrence – where I spent a terrific evening yakking with Catherine Preston, who teaches Film Theory and Visual Culture — I spoke to a film class taught by actor/filmmaker Laura Kirk. Great interaction with the students, and at the screening that evening had the pleasure of meeting a group of young women filmmakers, the Cinewomen Coalition, who asked the most penetrating and interesting post-screening questions I’ve had to date. This was followed by a trip to the University of Central Missouri, where I spoke in two different sessions – “Women in Film: A Filmmaker’s Perspective,” and “Writing, Producing, & Directing the Independent Film” as part of a Women’s Week at the university. Again, I got into some great discussion with both students and members of the public.
So… Nothing earthshaking to report, but a good time all around. Next step – Circus Road is beginning to shop the film to distributors…