No, this isn’t a politically themed post (well, not directly anyway). I just wanted to pass along the news that — along with the recent DC Shorts selection “Quite Contrary” — my short film “Machinations” will be screening at the Georgetown/Adams Morgan Film & Music Festival next week. Which I’m pretty jazzed about. No, the Georgetown fest isn’t quite on the scale of something like DC Shorts, but it’s still a pretty big vote of confidence (though no word as to whether it qualifies the film for inclusion in the Internet Movie Database — I’ll be checking).

For those of you who might be interested, the screenings are at the DC Arts Center Theater in Adams Morgan (2438 18th Street, NW), and tickets and passes are exclusively available at the Idle Time Bookstore (located right across the street). Tickets for a film block are $5 apiece, day passes are $50, and all-access passes are $100. Both films are being screened the afternoon of Friday, November 17th; “Quite Contrary” as part of the 1:30 block, and “Machinations” with the 3:30 block.

It’s funny — I find my feelings about this film swing wildly, and I’m coming to realize that a big part of that is audience reaction. I was really excited about the film once we finished it and showed a few people, all of whom really got into it. Then I showed it to some folks here at the office, and it didn’t get as overt a response; not that they didn’t like it, but they didn’t really show anything one way or another. I was kind of bummed about it after that. Then we had our cast and crew screening — definitely a positive response — and I was back on top again (which is when I submitted it to Georgetown). Another screening for the creative department at my office, and another lackluster reception — a Q&A with no “Q” doesn’t exactly inspire confidence. Crap.

And now — after sending out the news to the Tohubohu mailing list, I find myself checking my inbox every few minutes to see if anyone’s responded.

You know, for an “artist” who’s supposedly self-driven, who isn’t supposed to care how the audience receives my work, I’m not doing a very good job of staying aloof.

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At 5:45 PM, Kori said...

Don't worry about your commitment to art no matter what the response. It's just psychology. Once you have been given extrinsic rewards for something that you find intrinsically motivating, you will lose some intrinsic drive and seek out extrinsic praise. Most artists suffer from this (as do most humans in general).

See, I am learning something in my expensive graduate program! What a relief.

Oh, and the movie is good. :)

At 9:56 AM, MotherReader said...

True dat.


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